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The ancient art of Ayurveda in Phuket

PHUKET: The recently completed 5-star Avista Hideaway Resort & Spa, perched on hill above Patong, is gaining popularity not only for its stunning facilities and views, but also for its ayurvedic spa treatments.

By Jody Houton

Thursday 11 July 2013, 03:38PM

Ayurveda is an Indian system of traditional medicine that relies on the five senses.

“This science of life takes an integrated view of the physical, mental, spiritual and social aspects of human beings,” says says Avista Hospitality and Investments Group Chief Executive Ramesh Khendry.

As Mr Khendry explains, according to ayurveda health is considered as a pre-requisite for achieving life goals. All objects and living bodies are composed of five basic elements: Prithvi (earth), Jal (water), Agni (fire), Vayu (air), and Akash (ether).

The philosophy of Ayurveda is based on the harmony between universe and man, a healthy balance between macrocosm and microcosm, and the benefits include detoxification, stress reduction, boost to your immune system and overall well-being, and skin that ‘glows’.

Guests at Avista currently benefit from personal treatments by Indian Spa Manager Dr Alvin James, while Thai therapists are being trained to an acceptable level.

The ayuverdic treatment begins by the good doctor first interviewing the client, asking about their dietary habits and getting a general physical and emotional reading. As such, the subsequent treatments are highly personalised, with massage and essential oils chosen following the detailed consultation.

For myself at least, there is a calming feeling about placing your spiritual self in the hands of another. Getting a second opinion of something as intangible as one’s own elemental breakup allows a break from introspection. So it was with a certain level of satisfaction and reassurance when Dr Alvin told me that as I was a predominantly an ‘air’ personality, legitimising my ‘restlessness’.

How your outlook affects your physiological make up and how your elements of fire, water, air and earth can be balanced, tempered and controlled through dietary choices, breathing exercises, meditation, massage and of course the application of oils is fascinating for as long as you want it to be.

There is much to be said for this ancient Indian practice, but only if you are prepared to listen.

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