An Ancient Practice For Today’s Problems

Ayurveda, meaning knowledge of life, made its debut in India over 5,000 years ago, but remains just as relevant to spa-goers today. At the centre of this complex holistic medical system is the recognition and balancing of someone’s doshas. Are you Vata, Pitta or Kapha? Well the quick answer is that we are made up of all three, but prominent in one. These biological energies make up our mental and physical dispositions, and can be balanced through the integration of such disciplines as nutrition, exercise, meditation, massage, aromatherapy, 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.

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Types of ayurveda

Know Before You Go

Study these ayurvedic terms before you hit the spa and impress your esthetician! 1. Ayurveda stems from the Sanskrit words, ayus, meaning life, and veda, meaning knowledge. 2. You’ll hear the word dosha come up quite a bit in the ayurvedic world as well; it stands for three biological mind-body traits: vata, pitta, and kapha. You can easily find a test online that will reveal which dosha is most prominent in you. 3. Common ayurvedic rituals on spa menus include Abhyanga (oil massage), Shirodhara (the “third-eye” treatment), and Panchakarma (detoxifying therapy).