slept like an Indian baby...
At dinner, my Kapha
menu was presented to me. It began with a cup of hot water
and a plate of spices including cardamom, cinnamon, salt and
chili. I was instructed to make a tea with some of the spice
mixture and sprinkle the rest over my food. Then came a
delicious tomato thyme soup, Cajun-style tofu with star of
anise sauce, rice with vegetables and topped with a Soya mocha
mousse for dessert. The meal was satisfying and easy to digest
-- light and not too spicy. I slept like an Indian baby.
The next morning, I was
awakened with knock at my door. "Namastae" said a smiling
attendant offering me a cup of hot lemon ginger tea from his
tray. Sipping my tea slowly, I reviewed the two treatments
scheduled for this new day.
massage, two therapists...
first massage, a 45-minute treatment called Abhyanga, was
done by two therapists at once. I was told it would induce
deep relaxation, improve eyesight, and create a glowing appearance
and it most certainly did. Wrapped only in a towel, I was
seated on a huge slab of jackfruit tree wood, the traditional
Ayurvedic massage table. Two female therapists sang an Om
prayer to me, and rubbed my crown with a herbal powder to
prevent colds. One gave me a head massage, then I lay on my
stomach and a medicinal oil was spread all over my skin. Working
on either side of me, they diligently massaged my back in
figure eight motions, working down to my legs. Next came my
front, arms, hands and feet. When the therapists were done,
I was instructed to shower with a herb paste made of turmeric
and wash my hair with a herb shampoo. "Don't use any soap
in the shower, and drink lots of water" were their parting
words. Ah-h-h-h, the pleasure!
sinus treatment was next -- something I had never experienced
before and I was a bit apprehensive. Leaning back on the
massage table, I readied myself for the medicated oil which
was going to be poured in small drops down my nasal passages.
gag and cough, I was surprised at how smooth it felt. After
the oil was poured, my nostrils were pinched shut and I
breathed out through my mouth, spitting out the oil at the
same time. I cleared each nostril with a lot of sharp inhalations
and we were through. No shower for two hours and no cold
liquids for the rest of the day, were my instructions as
I was handed a cup of hot herbal tea. Glowing, relaxed and
breathing easily, I put on my Khurta pajamas and contemplated
the fact that I was actually here in the Himalayas. How
lucky I was -- enjoying wonderful tastes and nourishing
treatments that were absolutely new and exotic to me.
Rich with culture, filled with
treasures of history, and steeped in ancient wisdom, Ananda Spa
is a place I could return to many times. I was truly thankful for
my experiences there and the opportunity to see such a different
way of life. And to top it off, I didn't get sick. To find out more
about Ananda Spa, you can visit their website at: www.anandaspa.com.