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Cranio - sacral Therapy and Dr. Manik Hiranandani

Few years ago at our Acutouch treatment we made the acquaintance of a wonderful mother-son duo.   Rudra, the boy was all cuteness and Kavita, his mother was friendly and resourceful.   Places like these are great treasure troves for information on different treatments and doctors.

Kavita highly recommended Dr. Manik Hiranandani who runs an alternative treatment clinic, which is called just that - "The Clinic", at Malakkara in Kerala.  He uses a combination of treatments, but the main focus seems to be Cranio-Sacral therapy.

After our misadventure with the Varma treatment during our Kerala stay, Dr. Hiranandani seemed worth pursuing.  Given his hectic schedule and our inability to take our father to his clinic just for a consult, we scheduled a meeting at a rather unconventional place -  the meeting was outside a bakery on the highway that was taking the Doctor from Ernakulam airport to Malakkara.

The Doctor after examining our father said that he could help, provided we commit to his treatment for a minimum of six weeks.  Promising as it sounded, our concern was   the doctor’s steep treatment charges and likely high accommodation expenses for our father and his retinue of three others.

On hearing our concern the doctor gave a discount in his fees – a deep one, but said we should make own arrangements for accommodation instead of staying at the clinic.  With this new development he seemed worth pursuing more.

My sister and I made few trips to Malakkara to assess the situation.  We took a train from Eranakulam to Chengannur, which is the closest town and the one with a railway station and from there an auto to the Clinic in Malakkara.

The Clinic is set in a picturesque spot, very well maintained, and has courteous staff.  Pity our father’s accommodation had to considered elsewhere due to their high tariff.    Everyone around was helpful and gave generous suggestions on finding accommodation, although they accepted that feasible options were few.  

Pamba river flowing behind the Clinic

We were told to ask around.  After couple of promising leads took us nowhere, ask around we did  -  local hotels, resorts, vacant houses,  friends in the U.S. who might have relatives in Malakkara or Chengannur,  shop keepers and finally just about anyone on the roads of Malakkara.

A swing at the Clinic overlooking the river 

I had set myself a deadline to find accommodation.  The date passed uneventfully.  We couldn’t wait in Kerala any longer for a magical treatment that might give our father the necessary thrust in health.  Much as we try, some of the efforts may not bear fruit or rather they may not produce results of our liking.  As commendable as hard work and perseverance are, so it is to accept the payoff for our action.  May be the lesson from this endeavor was to let go and be content. 


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