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Kathmandu Weekend Indulgence

We bring you a few simple ways in which you can turn your weekend into a spark that turns into a happy blaze to keep you warm and glowing throughout the week. Here are 5 exciting places to indulge and invigorate yourself:

Go Kart Racing

We do realize that the traffic in the streets of Kathmandu is a killjoy more often than not. However, once you are on the racetracks with your helmet firmly secured, you totally forget the pains of real driving. All you need is a short pep talk and a few minutes of training to know your way around the little cars. Then off you zoom into the world of excitement and fun that is only visible in cartoons and video games. There is no time limit and the fastest driver on the track wins the race.  Go kart is actually a small four-wheeled vehicle that accommodates one person at a time. The thrill lies in the speed with which you drive your car to the finishing line. There is no age-bar to play this game. If your feet do not reach the pedal, a cushion is all you need along with a healthy level of interest to make the most out of this little adventure trick.

Available at: Go Kart Track Nepal, Sanepa

Indoor wall climbing

Climbing hills or rocks might just be your thing. But since you don’t have a provision at work that allows you to unwind in the wilderness and mountains, you have to make do with indoor walls in the humdrum of the city. Wall climbing is more controlled and a milder form of adventure sports that is carried out inside a gymnasium. The holds are more easily visible and there is somewhat lesser challenge in climbing an indoor wall in comparison to an outdoor boulder. The levels of complexity depend on your choice, ability and skill to pull yourself up along the wall. Although you are simply mimicking the real experience of outdoor climb, the thrill is still just too great to pass in case you happen to be blessed with an adventurous streak.

Available at: Astrek Climbing Wall, Thamel

Art of living

One of the most powerful methods to de-stress yourself is the Sudarshan Kriya. This powerful breathing technique keeps you calm yet energized, focused yet relaxed. It eliminates stress, fatigue and negative emotions such as anger, frustration and depression. Other than this, you can also learn yoga and pranayam which will not just help you get rid of your mental stress but will also help you cope with physical problems like the pain in the back and joints. The old trainees can come on Saturdays and practice what they already know. But even for those who are new to the scene can come and try things out on Thursday and Friday evenings and then decide if they want to get ahead and pursue a course.

Available at: The Art of living Foundation, New Baneshwor

Alternative Healing Techniques Shirodhara

This is not just a massage but a kind of meditation in itself. It should always be preceded with a head and shoulder massage to enhance the circulation. This de-stressing method is considered quite beneficial for those who are experiencing insomnia, anxiety or depression. Lukewarm oil is dropped incessantly on the third eye (which is the center of a human forehead). The oil thus used is always medicated and there is no side effect or age bar for Shirodhara. The duration for the procedure varies from 30 minutes to 90 minutes according to the doctor’s recommendation.

Available at:Tranquility Spa, Lazimpat

Spa and Massages

Spa is a kind of treatment that is carried out through with the help of water. It involves the usage of steam and Jacuzzi. In earlier days, it used to be considered an independent unit in itself, but with time, it started being accompanied by different kinds of massages as listed below:

Trecus Massage

If you are into trekking and hiking, this could be the perfect way to relax your body and mind. There is no use of oil in this massage and it mostly involves stretching techniques, and you have to be dressed up in your tracks for it.

Ayurvedic Massage

This is the kind of massage that involves the usage of different Ayurvedic massage oils. It relaxes, maintains circulation and eliminates toxins from the body. This kind of massage is based on the knowledge and stimulation of different pressure points in the human body.

Hot Stone Therapy

This is another healing method which uses medicated stones that help those who are suffering from physical ailments like rheumatism, joint pain and uric acid. It also melts away tension and increases better circulation and metabolism in the body. The idea is to place a row of heated stones (Shaligram) on the body for an hour or an hour and a half, preceded by a head and shoulder massage or a full body massage as per the requirements. This combination of massage and hot stone therapy is one of the most powerful means of de-stressing ever known to humankind.

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