A typical massage treatment lasts 14 days and practitioners use no small amount of oil to lather the body before grinding into your sore muscles with their feet. Patients come from all around to have fractures and sprains set and young children can be heard battling at six in the morning.
The evenings are punctuated with elaborate pooja ceremonies, often lasting a few hours. In these rituals different gods and goddesses are worshipped and sacrifices are made. Incense is burned and its in this setting I feel the love for India burst through my heart. I adore the festivals, the ancient traditions and the cathartic devotion people bring.
It was a wonderful, eye opening experience and I am grateful that for me, yet another small layer has been peeled away from the infinite mystery that is India.