YOGA NIDRA at JIVA GRANDE, VIVANTA BY TAJ - MALABAR
The semi-meditative yoga nidra, a state of consciousness where one lightly floats between sleep and wakefulness, is highly relaxing. It drains tension from muscles and internal organs, and at an advanced level, synchronises the flow of breath and energy through the body. Regular practise of yoga nidra has been known to cure insomnia, or at least to mitigate the feelings of exhaustion in those who suffer from this chronic condition. Try it at the award-winning JIVA Grande spa, which draws upon millennia-old Indian healing traditions; yoga and meditation are an integral part of the menu. Indigenous flowers and spices form the base of several spa products and massage techniques are part of the heritage. Plus, the setting, by the backwaters, is in itself a sight for
sore eyes. (Duration: 25–50 minutes)
Willingdon Island, Cochin, Kerala - 682009
0484 66 43 000 / 66 43 011 / 66 43 022
AYURVEDA STRESS & STRAIN BUSTER PROGRAMME at NIRAAMAYA RETREATS - SURYA SAMUDRA, KOVALAM
Ayurveda says that stress-related problems are caused mainly when vata, the energy that reflects the qualities of air, is vitiated. Vata then blocks the sense organs, destabilising physical functions. This renowned traditional spa has therapies to restore the harmony of body and mind, bringing about deep relaxation. The package includes ‘Shirodhara’, ‘Thakradhara’, other oil and herb treatments, and head, body and foot massages. Yoga and meditation are also advised for enhanced benefits. The spa environment itself is a stressbuster. Guests get the full benefit of surya (sun) and samudra (ocean), as the retreat cottages have expansive views of the Arabian Sea. Heritage style décor adds to the charm. Duration: 90 minutes daily; for a minimum of five days.
NIRAAMAYA RETREATS – SURYA SAMUDRA, KOVALAM
Pulinkudi, Mullur P.O.,Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala - 695521
0471 22 67 333 / +91 80 45 10 45 10
TIBETAN BOWL MEDITATION at SHILLIM SPA
Set in the picturesque Western Ghats, Hilton Shillim Estate Retreat & Spa offers a unique brand of wellness at Shillim Spa. The centre of wellbeing, spread over 70 acres surrounded by nature at its best, offers a range of 60 distinct therapies. Ancient Asian healing traditions primarily inspire the treatments, but the spa also has technologically advanced skincare treatments. The Meditation Cave at Shillim Spa stands out for the variety of guided journeys that it offers, including the ‘Tibetan Bowl Meditation’. A typical session involves the use of Tibetan singing bowls, which produce a variety of sounds that help harmonise the body’s frequencies. On focussing on the sound, our brain waves eventually synchronise with the frequencies, effectively curing a variety of diseases including stress related maladies and depression. You can also opt for ‘Trataka – Candle Light Meditation’, a technique that helps improve concentration using candles and ‘Yoga Nidra Meditation’. This induces yogic sleep, during which you become more aware of your inner self, which in turn causes the body and mind to relax completely.
HILTON SHILLIM ESTATE RETREAT & SPA
Pawana Nagar, Taluka Maval, Pune, Maharashtra - 410406
0211 4712 468 / +91 77 55 94 44 21
THE ULTIMATE AROMATHERAPY EXPERIENCE at SPA BY JW
Spa by JW at JW Marriott Mumbai Sahar offers a range of effective Western and Indian treatments, including those by Aromatherapy Associates. Of particular benefit to skin is ‘The Ultimate Aromatherapy Experience’.The relaxing treatment starts with a consultation with experts to gauge your emotional and physical needs. Then, an aroma test is carried out so that you can choose an oil – from a range of 13 fragrant signature oils formulated with
plant and flower extracts – that best suits you. Your therapist then uses your chosen oil and carefully applies pressure to stimulate your nervous system. Swedish and neuromuscular techniques are used to relieve muscular tension, and lymphatic drainage techniques to encourage circulation. The treatment works on your entire body and dissolves stress while bringing out the best in your skin. You can opt for a 60- or 90-minute session, but we recommend the longer session so that you can enjoy the benefits of a longer facial massage.
IA Project Road, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Andheri, Mumbai, Maharashtra - 400099
022 28 53 88 88