I'm a big fan of ayurveda, and I wish I could do the treatments more often.
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THE WONDERS OF AYURVEDA
I also use a lot of ayurveda products, many of which are only available in the genuine form in India and Sri Lanka. So you can guess what's going to be occupying half my suitcase on the way back...
In Sri Lanka, as in South India, ayurveda is serious business. They have ayurvedic hospitals, and the practitioners go through formal studies just like Western doctors.
SOME OF THE BEST AYURVEDIC DOCTORS IN SRI LANKA
The ayurvedic doctor at the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilion is one of the best in Sri Lanka. He studied ayurvedic medicine at the University of Colombo, and he has a full ayurvedic pharmacy and top facilities.
I've already written in a previous blog how real ayurveda clinics are not at all luxurious and glamorous -- and you know how I feel about luxury.
The real ayurveda clinics are very much well-worn and old-fashioned places. If you chance upon an ayurveda place that actually looks upscale, well, you're in the tourist version of it.
I found that the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilion is one of the few places that is able to merge proper ayurveda facilities with an upscale atmosphere -- and it accepts guests even for the day or for a few days.
Many serious ayurveda places here only will see "patients" if they're staying for at least 2 weeks.
So the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilion was perfect for me. And for my day use, I booked a private villa so that I didn't have to have the treatments at the clinic -- although the clinic was a few steps away, so it was very convenient.
THE INITIAL DIAGNOSIS
When I first went in to see the ayurveda doctor, he did the usual procedures in ayurveda: check the blood pressure and feel the pulse. Everyone does this.
But this doctor closed his eyes for such a long time that I thought he was meditating on my pulse -- which is really strange.
But then he opened his eyes and began writing what was practically an entire essay on a piece of paper. When he showed this paper to me, diagrams and all, I almost fell off my seat.
Almost everything was on this paper, including chronic conditions and family history. And lots of it was accurate even if he knew absolutely nothing about me.
THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS
I booked two full days of treatments here, which was the only time my schedule allowed.
So off I went to the Jetwing Ayurveda Pavilions every morning after breakfast, returning to my hotel in the afternoon just in time to walk the golden beach at sunset.
|At Jetwing Beach in Negombo, Sri Lanka|
I stayed at the Jetwing Beach Hotel nearby, which is a Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) property. So you might say I had the best of both worlds, as usual, with an excellent ayurveda facility in the day and an SLH hotel to sleep in at night.
It was really a much needed break, in my never-ending, and never-endingly eventful Travelife.
PS: If you'd like to experience ayurveda in Manila, check out the Arogya Ayurveda Center in Makati.
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