The roots of the practice of visiting spas for detoxification can be traced back to the ancient times when people travelled to hot or cold springs to bathe in waters that had minerals with healing properties. Today, visiting a spa for healing and relaxation has become almost a pseudo culture with people incorporating spa appointments into their busy schedules.
Going to a spa is no longer about mere pampering. It is now known to have a beneficial effect on feeling and looking good. Spa therapies are scientifically designed to invigorate the body, mind and soul. Most spa treatments benefit guests and sometimes can help cure ailments, reduce stress, ease tension, relieve aches and pains, improve blood circulation, strengthen tissues and immunity and improve restful sleep.
It is common knowledge that modern lifestyles coupled with inappropriate food that is often not sourced from genuine organic sources, leads to accumulation of toxins in the body. Keeping that in mind, detoxifying rituals at spas have become the order of the day. HOT highlights some special packages. Get ready to bid a toxic lifestyle goodbye!
Alila Diwa, Goa
A detox holiday
Do you think of detox when you think of Goa? Not really….you think indulgence, beaches and parties! But, Alila Diwa is all set to change that notion. Situated on the beautiful Gonsua Beach in Majorda, South Goa, the five star, Alila Diwa Goa offers guests the chance to restore the delicate balance between mind, body and spirit, with a new Detox Detour program. The newly launched retreat is led and designed by Dr. Arjita Kumari, the resort’s first permanent in-house expert.
The Detox Detour programme, at Spa Alila has been designed to cleanse, restore and nourish. The aim is to give the body and mind a complete overhaul, creating internal balance while giving a boost of energy and vitality. The program is a holistic approach towards balancing three wheels, physical, physiological and psychological and is based on ancient Ayurveda principles. Over a course of a week, all aspects of health and wellbeing are covered, with each element of the retreat completely customised depending on the needs of the individual.
To begin the programme, guests undergo an in-depth consultation, covering nutrition, health and stress, followed by sessions of pranic healing, hypnotherapy, daily yoga, meditation and exercise. This is combined with nutritionally balanced meals, juices and Ayurvedic supplements, daily workshops, massages and cooking classes. All elements have been put in place to ensure that post retreat, participants are armed with the skills to create an on-going, all encompassing, life change.
Ayurveda is an ancient system of Hindu medicine, its practices are based around the human body – which is made up of five basic elements – ether, air, fire, water and earth. These five components are used to create doshas, of which there are three different types, with each person falling into one of three categories. Vatha Dosha is the combination of ether and air, Pitta Dosha is the combination of fire and water and Kapha Dosha is the combination of water and earth.
The dosha of the guest will dictate their programme, as each person will require different exercises, treatments and diet. Diet plays an important part in the process; the Ayurvedic diet focuses on fresh seasonal produce, without pesticides, additives and other chemicals, all sourced as locally as possible.
The diet is based around clean eating, supplemented with a range of detoxifying and rejuvenating juices throughout the day. Hugely beneficial for the body, the diet increases vitality and stamina, encouraging weight loss and improving digestive functions. The mind benefits from a greater sense of peace, heightened mental clarity, focus, concentration and memory. Overall well-being relies on keeping the doshas balanced.
Alila Diwa Goa is located in the south of Goa, a quiet and peaceful haven, away from the beaten tourist trails and crowds, set amidst the serene landscape of lush, verdant rice plantations flowing towards the Arabian Sea. Offering a real slice of authentic Goa, Alila Diwa Goa, is the perfect place to retreat and embrace the beauty, warmth and rich culture of the state.
The Detox Detour programme at Alila Diwa Goa is available all year round. A typical 5-night package includes the following: accommodation, full body composition and measurement analysis, emotional assessment, consultation with the Ayurveda physician and a nutrition specialist, a hypnotherapy or pranic healing session, twice daily holistic and Ayurveda treatments, daily fitness, yoga and meditation sessions, life skills workshops, nutritionally balanced meals, cooking workshop and art therapy. Packages of three, seven, 10 and 14 nights are also available.
So, opt for a detox holiday, the next time you think of going to Goa!
Kaya Kalp, ITC Hotel
“Kaya Kalp” is a Sanskrit word meaning rejuvenation of body, mind and soul. India’s culture lies at the heart of the Indian experience. The spa brand of the ITC Hotels invites the client to a journey through a majestic land of ancient customs and rituals where they can recapture the spiritual and medicinal legacies of India. One can expect exotic body treatments, relaxing massages, ancient Ayurvedic rituals and effectively integrate these into an experience that is deep and meaningful to each person at a spiritual level. Indigenous in nature, Kaya Kalp spa’s are deeply rooted to traditional Indian wellness philosophies and enables a complete regeneration of the senses.
Among the major rituals offered, one of the most popular ones is the Exotic Pomegranate Spa Journey.
Exotic Pomegranate Journey
A unique combination of natural fruits such as Pomegranate- which is a deep cleansing antioxidant and lime, mixed with organic brown sugar, allows the body to be gently exfoliated. Not only does it have a cleansing effect, it also removes the stresses of our daily living. Using a powerful blend of traditional oils, the mind is guided into a rested state which induces a sense of peace. This divine state of well-being is then enhanced by the vigorous workout of the therapist’s hands using amazing deep rhythmical movements.
The Pomegranate sugar scrub: this is a treatment that promises to revive your body, and discover your ancient soul! An exotic exfoliation ritual to invigorate and revitalize your senses. Kaya Kalp signature blend of exotic Pomegranate polishes and soften the body to perfection.
Kaya Kalp Massage: This signature massage is designed to relax the entire body, focussed on relieving muscular tension while combining wonderful soothing strokes for the ultimate massage. This powerful aroma therapeutic massage incorporates dynamic blends of essential oil.
Indian Foot Massage: Relax, while listening to soothing music, and put your feet up! This therapy will send you on the royal road to pure relaxation with a lavish foot massage using healing creams and ancient techniques that include stimulating pressure points that will leave you in a state of bliss.
Ten exquisite ITC Luxury Collection Hotels including ITC Sonar, Kolkata; ITC Kakatiya, Hyderabad; ITC Maratha and ITC Grand Central, Mumbai; ITC Maurya, New Delhi; ITC Gardenia and ITC Windsor, Bengaluru, ITC Rajputana, Jaipur, ITC Mughal, Agra and ITC Grand Chola, Chennai offer this unique treatment.
This is a treatment that promises to take you on a journey of relaxation and rejuvenation through a world of regal luxury and well being!
Jiva, Taj Lands End, Bandra
Awaken the inner force
The philosophy of Jiva or “Innerforce” is inherently rooted in India’s ancient approach to wellness. Jiva Spas embrace a deep understanding of mind, body and spirit and their individual needs and interdependency. The Signature therapies offered across Jiva Spa are exclusively created based on royal traditions and ancient Indian spiritual remedies. The cuisine offered at Jiva Spa is based on an understanding of habits and body structure of each guest before offering them a particular menu that best suits their palate. Cooking time is kept to minimum to avoid the loss of vital nutrients, and cooking methods are specifically chosen to reduce fats like- grilling, broiling, roasting, steaming and poaching. Every spa meal is designed to incorporate generous doses of the daily requirements of vitamins and minerals, and be low on fat, cholesterol and calories.
Jiva offers varied detoxification programs. Here is a glimpse…
Shudhikara, a detoxifying treatment consists of a unique combination of therapies used to purify the system. A lymphatic drainage massage, a wholesome cleansing scrub and a plantain leaf wrap will leave one feeling light and stress free.
Pavithri, Lymphatic drainage: A unique blend of oils with the goodness of Tulsi, Ginger and Lime, combined with the lymphatic drainage technique, works from within, eliminating toxins and refining the whole system. Cleansed anew, you will face the world again revived and re-energized.
Vishuddhi: Exfoliation is performed using silk gloves to stimulate the circulation of blood, lymph and energy. As a result, your body eliminates the impurities gained in our daily life. Then, you are warmly cocooned within a traditional Indian herb wrap followed by a soothing bath and a full body lymphatic drainage massage. Cleansed anew, this treatment leaves you in an optimum state of well-being.
Specialty products and oils such as Plantain leaf, Jiva Bespoke Detox blend with Tulsi, Lime, Ginger – all with detox properties, are used for the treatments.
Sereno Spa at Park Hyatt Goa Resort
Surrender to serenity!
Ancient Ayurvedic and yogic healing traditions are infused with the revitalising allure of the Arabian Sea. Sereno Spa is a unique health and wellness oasis that offers holistic treatments through a blend of unique therapies. A visit promises to be a transformational experience, integrating timeless therapeutic methods with the contemporary spa principles of aromatherapy and energy healing. The award winning Goa hotel spa invites the guest to relax, revitalise and refresh with a variety of spa treatments, massage therapies, fitness and yoga activities, drawing on the mystical traditions and philosophies of old world India.
The spa offers many treatments and packages, all of then exclusively designed for some specific benefits. For the purpose of detoxification, our picks are from the Signature Sereno Spa Experience Packages that promise to firm and tone, after detoxification.
The Marine Experience
It is a 3-and-a-half-hour package. Indulge in this marine ritual designed to tone the body and mind, using seaweed and mineral-based luxury products to balance the skin of the face and the body. A toning and firming wrap uses the thermogenic qualities of three marine algae to counter cellulite, detoxify and firm the body. A massage follows using thermo-active cream to enhance the firming and toning effects. A nourishing facial uses fucus collagen to lift and build the cells, giving radiance and youthfulness. This treatment is highly recommended to firm and tone the body and to restore radiance and youthfulness to the face.
Mithun – a Couple’s Spa Experience
Sereno Spa presents a special couple’s spa experience called ‘Mithun’. A couple can Indulge with a romantic spa treat in the private indoor spa suites. The experience includes a soothing welcome ritual of a rose petal foot soak, followed by a detoxifying and re-mineralising marine wrap. Guests then experience an intimate aromatic steam and bath in the spa suite. The journey continues with either a rejuvenating body massage or a deep-cleansing and balancing Amritham herbal facial, while aligning mind, body and spirit.
Sarvanga Vashpa Swedan Yantra – The Steam Bath
While not a treatment in itself, the steam bath is a ritual that is indeed the cherry on the cake, after completion of any treatment. The Sarvanga Vashpa Swedan Yantra calls for the guest to lie in an ornate steam chamber made of seasoned medicinal wood from the Malabar Kino tree or Venga, as he or she is enveloped in steam infused with an Ashtagandha blend of eight powerful herbs- Chandan, Kesar, Tulsi, camphor, Heena, Agar, Bel and Durva, each having distinct therapeutic properties. A steam bath is known to rejuvenate and alleviate a number of ailments besides aiding the absorption of Ayurvedic oils and their benefits.
Ananda Spa, Himalayan foothills
Here is a wellness haven that needs no introduction. It is located in the tranquil Himalayan foothills, close to the mythological cities of Haridwar and Rishikesh, surrounded by graceful Sal forests, overlooking the peaceful Ganga as it meanders into the distance. Ananda is the spiritual pathway to the ultimate, discovered through the union of body, mind and soul. Along with the enchantment of its surroundings, it assists in redefining lifestyles to include the well-known traditional Indian wellness regimes of Ayurveda, Yoga and Vedanta combined with best of international wellness experiences.
The 24,000 square foot spa offers an extensive menu of over 80 body and beauty treatments, integrating the traditional Indian systems of Ayurveda with the more contemporary Western spa approach. The spa experience strives to achieve the ultimate harmony between the physical and the mental realms of the individual.
The Ananda Detox program has been carefully designed not only to Detox the body but also the mind. This personalized program includes stimulating and purifying dosha specific ayurvedic therapies, yoga, meditation and Dosha-Specific Ayurvedic diet to help to detox, reduce stress and improve health. The healing process involves herbal medication, massage, periodic liberation of toxins through two Sneha Vastis (enemas with medicated oils). The program is available for 7, 14 or 21 nights and includes a host of treatments right from detoxifying massages, baths, therapies, yogic rituals and diet.
The extensive range of rejuvenating, invigorating and relaxing treatments available for the discerning client are testimony to the popularity of detoxification as a way of life. A spa is a place where you can pamper yourself and at the same time retrench the body of all the toxic negativity. Schedule a little time for yourself, and discover mental and emotional calm!