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Wisdom never wrinkles. When it comes to wellbeing, it's reassuring to know that a therapy has stood the test of time - and with over five thousand years of experience behind it, Ayurveda is no spring chicken.

Ayurveda originated on the Indian subcontinent and roughly translated it means the 'science of life'. We're not talking test tubes and chemicals here, though; Ayurveda combines diet, herbs, exercise, meditation, yoga, massage and a form of physiotherapy to prevent and treat disease. It's wholly natural and all about finding the best, healthiest you.

How does it work?

According to the philosophy of ayurveda, your health depends on a delicate balance of the three doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. Just in case you're not fluent in ancient Sanskrit, they can be roughly translated as your impulse or nervous system (vata), your energy and digestive system (pitta) and the movement of fluids in your body (kapha).

It's all about thinking of the big picture. So, while ayurvedic wisdom is often drawn upon in a lot of other therapies like massage, osteopathy, acupuncture and naturopathy, it's not limited to those areas. There is a strong element of lifestyle coaching - giving you the tools and knowledge to keep your doshas perfectly balanced.

On the whole, ayurvedic therapy centres are havens of detoxification and relaxation. Alongside the lifestyle, exercise and nutrition advice, they often offer body massage, herbal steam baths, group meditation and yoga classes. After a thorough consultation, your therapist will shed some light on the current balance of your doshas and suggest the best way to achieve optimum, glowing health.

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