Long week at work got you feeling stressed? Squished up against the door on the MTR leaving you feeling like a sore pretzel? Are you looking to treat not only your body, but your mind as well? Enter: Ayurveda (pronounced eye-er-VAY-duh).
Taking Hong Kong by storm, it’s time to discover why Ayurvedic treatments have been around for ever and why they are quickly becoming the most popular type of massages.
What Is Ayurveda?
The term Ayurveda derives from the Sanskrit words ‘ayur’ meaning life and ‘veda’ meaning science or knowledge. Ayurvedic medicine (“Ayurveda” for short) is said to be one of the world’s oldest holistic healing systems with many practices predating written records.
Ayurveda explores the three energies, known as the ‘doshas’, with the belief that perfect health is reliant on a balance of the three. Known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha, the balance of these three energies is the fundamental goal of Ayurveda. Vata is believed to be composed of ether and air, Pitta is fire and water, and Kapha is water and earth.
Everyone has a different combination of the three, and each dosha has specific characteristics within the individual. For example, Vata means “to move”, and those with Vata have very alert minds, a strong imagination, and high energy, but this means that they can burn out quickly (kind of like when you drink too much coffee). Pitta, meaning ‘to cook’ or ‘burn’ are usually very skilful and bright, but can be overly bossy. Kapha means “keep together” or “to stick”, and these people are usually quite placid or stable, but once they’re riled up there’s no stopping them.
In order to be healthy and find wellness, a person’s dosha determines the kind of lifestyle that is best for them. This includes diet, relaxation, and more importantly massage therapy. There’s never been a better reason to treat yo self.
What are Ayurvedic Spa Treatments?
Generally, Ayurvedic spa treatments involve massages with therapeutic essential oils both carefully chosen to suit your dosha. The style of massage is based on your dosha, your body, it’s needs, and even your wellbeing at the time. Because these treatments are unique to each person, everyone gets a custom massage, how fancy!
One of the most popular treatments is called Abhyanga. This massage uses warm oil to work through all your knots and help your body recover. The oil is usually specific to your dosha and can contain amazing herbs. Sometimes there will be two masseuses working on you at the same time, which is double the relaxation. Yes please!
Another treatment you may have seen littered across Instagram is Shirodhara. This treatment involves the technician gently pouring liquids over your forehead. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow). The liquids used can vary from oil, to milk, to coconut water depending on your treatment. There’s also a head massage to look forward to!
Sounds relaxing doesn’t it? Time to book in!
How should I prepare?
Don’t worry if you haven’t discovered what dosha you are, your Ayurvedic therapist will usually begin the session with a Q&A to determine the best treatment for you. Be aware that you will leave the massage covered in massage oil and feeling relaxed, so wear something loose fitting. Sometimes oil is also rubbed into your hair so make sure you’re not going to a formal event right after the booking (or if you’re going for that look, book your massage right before the event and get the treatment done in your evening wear to save time).
As always, let the therapist know your level of comfort. If they are applying too much pressure (or not enough) let them know.
Sounds great, where’s the best place to get an Ayurveda massage in Hong Kong?
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Ayurveda Day Spa
Located on Elgin Street, Ayurveda Day Spa offers a ton of Ayurvedic treatments as well as regular spa treatments for those who would like to go with a traditional spa day. With sessions ranging from 60-90 minutes, keep an eye out for the Ayurvedic Signature Massage with hot stones, as well as the Abhyanga Massage which uses medicated oils and steam to to leave you feeling good. As an added bonus, the oils and steam used in the massages has a nourishing and revitalising effect on your skin.
Be sure to relax in the lounge afterwards with a warm tea.
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Looks Beauty and Ayurveda (Women Only)
Located in Kowloon in Tsim Sha Tsui, Looks Beauty offers an array of Hong Kong massages including a 45 minute Ayurvedic body massage. Using your prescribed oils and herbs, allow the therapist to work their magic and put the spring back into your step.
The salon also offers the famous Shirodhara treatment where liquids are gently poured over your forehead. The treatment also involves a soft head massage to accompany the liquid pouring, as well as a fully body massage and head masssage resulting in you feeling more relaxed than a cat sun-baking.
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Long week at work got you feeling stressed? Squished up against the door on the MTR leaving you feeling like a sore pretzel? Are you looking to treat not only your body, but your mind as well? Enter: Ayurveda (pronounced eye-er-VAY-duh). Taking Hong Kong by storm, it’s time to discover why Ayurvedic treatments have been…