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Ayurveda translates into English as the Science of Life (Ayur - life, veda - science). Considered to be the oldest healing science in the world, this ancient medicine is practiced extensively in Sri Lanka and India. This curative art was passed down from time immemorial through an oral tradition, through old masters to their disciples.

Ayurveda is a holistic system of curative and preventive medicine, focusing on the prevention of disease through a deeper connection between the mind and the body. It concentrates on a state of total health based on vigour, energy and balance. The concept of balance is important in Ayurveda - the balance of body, mind and consciousness based on each person's individual constitution. More than that ayurveda is an ancient form of healing: Referred to as Panchakarma, this ancient method works at creating a balance in the body and mind through diet and lifestyle with herbs and natural remedies. .

Ayurveda Body Massage
Whole body massage is always given with different types of oil depending on the body type (i.e. vata, pitta, kapha, or a combination). The massage can be performed with a combination of strokes including tapping, kneading, rubbing, and squeezing. It is very beneficial for general rejuvenation, skin and musculoskeletal conditioning or problems such as obesity, body aches, and pain. Sharpen memory reduce body fat, improve skin tone and enable peaceful sleep.

Ayurveda Face Massage & Face Pack
A fresh and radiant face means you feel beautiful and more confident in dealing with day-to-day work. It would not be incorrect to say that in most cases, the face is the index of the mind. These beneficial oils go deep into the tissues, relax the facial muscles, tone up the skin and even improve the eyesight and nervous system.

Face packs are softer and more porous types of face masks. Very similar in action, they improve circulation as well as cleanse and tauten the entire face. Because they are soft, they allow the skin to breathe more and are gentler than masks.

Ayurveda Back Massage
The massage is performed on the back and along the spine. Back massage can have profoundly relaxing effect, lowering stress levels, easing pain and inducing a blissful state of repose.

Ayurveda Hand Massage
Hand Massage works deeply by stimulating acupuncture points and energy meridians that run through the hands to the tips of the fingers. And, like foot reflexology, the hand has areas that are associated with the various organs and systems within the body such as stimulating the kidney area in the centre of the palm. This helps the body deal more easily with the extra toxins that you release through the hand massage.

Ayurveda Foot Massage
During foot massage, special attention is focused on the "tender spots". This massage produces a reflect effect on the internal organs as well as creating a combined soothing and invigorating effect. Massage of the feet prevents and cures dryness, numbness, roughness, fatigue, and cracking of the heels. It strengthens walking and running.

The indigenous form of medicine in Sri Lanka is Ayurveda. Tourists mostly come in contact with it at an Ayurveda resort. Tourists are often unsure of the customs generally expected. So here are some etiquette guidelines:

Punctuality - Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment so you have time to check in and relax. Typically, each guest completes a health history form, or talks to an Ayurveda medical practitioner, prior to treatment. If you are pregnant, let the doctor know. Pregnancy is an important issue for the therapist to be mindful of, as certain herbs and oils used for massage may not be good for the fetus.

Should you eat before an Ayurveda massage?
It is best not to receive bodywork on a full stomach. So schedule meals or snacks at least an hour before your treatment. Avoid the consumption of coffee or alcohol prior to your scheduled appointment. Drink water, especially if heat therapies are part of your package.

Do you want a male or female therapist? - Most Ayurveda spas have both male and female therapists on staff. At the time of booking specify your preference.

Attire - Wear casual attire, something you can easily slip off and on without fussing. Modesty is always appreciated.

Tipping - The luxury Ayurveda resorts are fuelled by the hard work and dedication of the workers. The tips they receive are one of the few ways to support their families. The courteous practice in Ayurveda resort spas is to tip 3%-10% of the cost of service. Don’t leave the tip at the front desk for it to be delivered to the masseuse. Direct hand delivery to the masseuse is always recommended.

Post treatment etiquette - After your treatment you can take a few minutes to enjoy the moment, take a few deep breaths and stabilize before getting up. Please don’t hesitate to request a cup of herbal tea before you leave.