I admit I arrived at the resort a little sceptical, perhaps expecting a nice oil massage but certainly not a health miracle or psychic reading. Ayurveda—which means ‘life knowledge’ in Sanskrit—is, after all, part of a booming, multi-billion-dollar alternative health market that’s always embracing the next trend in search of a quick buck.
But this consultation, involving facial mapping, pulse diagnosis and probing questions, is turning out to be quite a revelation. Maybe there’s something in it…
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One of the differences between true Ayurveda and the labels applied to some spa treatments, is that nothing happens without an initial consultation. It’s the cornerstone of diagnosis, allowing the doctor to ascertain your dosha, or constitutional type: Your unique ratio between vata (air), pitta (fire) and kapha (earth).
When these are out of whack, it can wreak havoc on your health. I am predominantly vata, it turns out, and the balance has tipped too far, leading to an overactive mind, sleeping problems, and poor digestion. Dr Sharma gives me some tips on how to adjust my diet and recommends oil treatments that will help ground me, calm me down.