Ayurveda: Heal Yourself Holistically

Ayurveda, meaning “knowledge of life”, made its debut in India 5,000 years ago and remains just as relevant to spa-goers today. At the center of this complex holistic medical system is the recognition and balancing of someone’s doshas (one of the three biological energies said to make up our mental and physical dispositions) through the integration of disciplines like nutrition, yoga, meditation, massage and herbal medicine. Prominent advocates like Deepak Chopra have moved this system of preventative healthcare into the mainstream, and a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments can now be found on many spa menus.

Types of ayurveda

Know Before You Go

Don't be intimidated by the exotic treatment names - whether you want to relax, get beautiful skin, or start a detox program, there is an Ayurvedic treatment perfect for you. The first step is to determine your dosha, or body type: vata, pitta, and kapha. Then choose a treatment that takes your fancy: common rituals on spa menus include Abhyanga (oil massage), Shirodhara (a blissful “third-eye” treatment), and Panchakarma (detoxifying therapy).