Wellness Glossary

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Abhyanga

A warm oil Ayurveda massage using dosha specific oils.

Abhyangam

An oil massage applied in strokes according to the circulation channels.

Acupuncture

Derived from ancient Chinese medicine, Accupunture involves fine needles which are inserted in certain areas of the body for therapeutic or preventative purposes. 

Aerobics

A fast-paced exercise with involves the repetition of movements to music. It burns calories and gets the heart pumping. 

Anti-cellulite massage

A massage using rhythmic motions, stroking and kneading to loosen fatty tissue and smooth the skin's surface.  

Aromatherapy massage

A Swedish massage therapy which uses massage oils or lotions that contain essential oil. 

Ashtanga Yoga

A type of yoga which includes swift succession, combined with deep, controlled breathing.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda (meaning 'knowledge of life') is a 5,000 year old system of natural healing originating in Kerala in India. Recognised as an alternative medicine, it believes that health is balanced between the body, mind, spirit and environment and that we are all governed by a particular 'dosha' - Vata (wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (earth) which make up the characteristics of our mind and body. Your dosha is established at an initial consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor and then you follow a personalised programme to 'rejuvenate' you based on your dosha type.