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Give yourself a simple health check at the Hot Spring



`Check your state of health through Ashi-yu, and through eating`

Put your legs only into the hottest bath. Then after a short time has passed, compare the soles of your feet. If you are healthy, they should both be the same color; and the redder the better! In this way you can give yourself a simple health check. Called "Ashi-yu - Leg bath", this check is not only effective for ligament strain, feminine ailments such as period pain, hayfever, chills, back pain, dermatological ailments etc, but also for more deep-seated diseases that are incurable with modern medicine.

For example, at Kusatsu Hot spring we have treated tuberculosis (a disease that has recently been on the increase).

Treatment takes quite a few hours, and there are various specifications about how much of your legs to enter (up to your ankle, up to your calves etc). In fact the list goes on - up to your waist, chest, shoulders etc.Of course it goes without saying that this must be followed by the correct bathing technique (please refer also to the sections on Choosing the Correct Hot Spring, Bathing the Spirit to Expel Evil, and Breathing).

Due to modern medicine, which seems to treats such things as a game, medicine that previously used to treat the TB bacteria is no longer effective, and medical cures for TB are at a dead-end. In the past TB sufferers were advised not to use hot springs, but at Kusatsu Hot Spring, the above-mentioned Ashi-yu (amongst others) is a completely reasonable traditional method that uses the body's natural healing powers to help sufferers.

Nowadays, the value of traditional medicine is becoming appreciated more and more, as advocated by the WHO's IFAM (United Nation's Federation of Alternative Medicine).

Even when it comes to the correct way to visit a hot spring, it is very important in this day and age not to be too self-centered (not to have a miserly heart) and to take a reasonable trip like people used to in the olden days (to have a plentiful heart).In the same way, the sort of trip where people are interested in nothing but what they are going to eat when they arrive is an anachronism - can we really say that we belong to a Developed Country when the situation is like that? It's not that bad if you overeat on the odd occasion, but people who always eat till their belly is full develop their own deep-seated sickness, and that's a sickness in their daily routine.

Traveling is a break from daily life, a chance to improve oneself, so it could be said that a true seasoned traveler is someone who is able to relax and enjoy their trip with an open mind. When all's said and done, the most important thing when you come here is to savor the experience of Kusatsu hot spring, but if you come with your belly empty, then you will find whatever you do eat truly delicious.

It's healthy to enjoy your food, and it makes you feel good too! (Please refer to the section on How to Travel).For more detailed information about the meanings behind and the way to perform Ashi-yu and Kaburi-yu etc, please ask a member of staff during your stay.
WHO; Member of IFAMRepresentative of the Medical Research Group. Kirishimaya Ryokan Director Ph.D.Yoshiaki Nakazawahttp://www.kusatsuonsen.co.jp
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