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25 November 2009

Banyan Tree Spa Phuket introduces Holistic Ayurveda Therapies

Banyan Tree Spa PhuketSteeped in Asian healing traditions and a holistic focus on spiritual, mental and physical harmony, Banyan Tree Spa Phuket embraces the benefits of age-old Ayurvedic traditions with the launch of an extensive new range of authentic Ayurvedic therapies.

This innovative offering at Banyan Tree Spa Phuket is ideal for guests seeking an authentic Ayurvedic experience amidst tranquil tropical gardens. The dedicated Ayurvedic team, consists of a qualified Indian Ayurvedic doctor and trained Ayurveda therapists from Kerala, India, has been specially set up to deliver this range of wellness treatments at Banyan Tree Spa Phuket. The team is on hand if guests require recommendations on the treatments and oils that would be suitable for their body types. Using Ayurvedic oils and herbs, the treatments refresh the mind, detoxify the body and restore the natural balance of the energies within.

“The introduction of Ayurvedic therapies is in line with Banyan Tree Spa’s holistic approach to wellness with an emphasis on ancient health and beauty practices passed down from generation to generation,” said Mr. Ravi Chandran, Managing Director of Spa Operations for Banyan Tree Spas and Angsana Spas. “Ayurvedic therapies have gained notable recognition and prominence as an emerging spa trend in recent years and we have identified the popular demand for authentic Ayurvedic therapies by our guests,” said Mr. Chandran.

Banyan Tree Spa PhuketAuthentic Ayurvedic Experience in a Resort Haven
The comprehensive Ayurveda menu offers an extensive range of massages and treatment packages targeting different needs. The Abhyangam treatment is a full body massage perfect for inducing deep relaxation and detoxification, improving the quality of sleep, suitable for those who experience insomnia or jet lag. For added benefits, opt for the Hasta-Paada Abhyangam treatment which includes the Abhyangam Massage before a reflexology massage, addressing Marma points in the hands and feet. Marma points are neuromuscular points that are linked to the organs and other areas of the body are stimulated, bringing relief to a range of conditions.

Stressed out individuals may try the Shirodhara treatment where the flow of a continuous stream of warm herbal oil gently over the forehead helps to soothe headaches and migraines, reduce blood pressure and promote sleep. Those who have concerns over cellulite problems can experience the Podi Kizhi treatment, where herbal pouches are filled with powder grounded from medicinal herbs and dipped in warm oil before applying to the body. The combination of massage strokes, herbs and warm oil purportedly reduces the appearance of excess cellulite.

Ayurveda treatments packages dedicated to specific dosha types are available for guests with more time on hand. According to Ayurveda, the tri-dosha – Vata, Pitta and Kapha are the vital forces that combine to constitute our individual well-being. The functions of each individual’s tri-dosha contribute to the overall dynamic state of the body, mind and soul.

The Vata Shamanam package is designed for relaxation and detoxification, comprising a Vata Massage to promote removal of toxins and a choice of Shirodhara or Ela Kizhi, which helps to reduce pains from the body. The Pitta Shamanam package begins with a head massage followed by the Pitta Massage which aids to palliate heat from the body to regain inner balance. A choice of Shirodhara or Chakra Vasti treatment, which soothes stomach indigestion, is also included. The Kapha Shamanam commences with a head massage followed by the Kapha Massage which helps to regain lost flexibility to enhance active lifestyles. The package also includes a choice of Shirodhara or the Udvartanam treatment, which is effective in reducing cellulite. All packages are completed with a steam bath to cleanse the body at the end of the treatment session.

History of Ayurvda
A holistic system of healing originating from ancient India over 5,000 years ago, Ayurveda is an ancient science which focuses on establishing and maintaining the balance of energies within the body, promoting harmony between the individual and nature. Each person is viewed as a unique individual governed by one or more of the universal forces of nature. Good health is promoted by balancing these energies.

Rates & Reservations
Banyan Tree Spa Phuket is open for treatments daily from 10am to 10pm. For more information, spa goers may call +66 76 324 374, email or visit

Banyan Tree Spa Phuket
33 Moo 4, Srisoonthorn Road
Cherngtalay, Amphur Talang
Phuket 83110 Thailand

Banyan Tree Spa PhuketAbout Banyan Tree Spa
Pioneer of the tropical spa, Banyan Tree Spa first opened in 1994 in Phuket, Thailand. As the first luxury oriental spa in Asia, it reintroduced an exotic blend of health and beauty remedies passed down through the generations. Banyan Tree Spas are found in all Banyan Tree resorts worldwide, and standalone locations including Banyan Tree Spa Shanghai, China (2003), Banyan Tree Spa Phoenix Seagaia, Japan (2004), Elements Spa by Banyan Tree Royale Hayat, Kuwait (2006), and The World Spa by Banyan Tree (2007).

Banyan Tree Spa therapists are graduates of the Banyan Tree Spa Academy, located in Phuket (Thailand) and Lijiang (China). The dedicated training facilities ensure therapists deliver consistently high quality service that guests have come to expect from the brand, and to cope with the Group’s worldwide expansion plans.

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