Vacations and holidays are important, but choosing the ‘right’ one for you might be harder than you expected. Ayurveda retreats in Sri Lanka have made quite the impression lately. The wellness experience coupled with luxury and comfort seems to be the ideal vacation for most. Specifically raved about is the detox retreat holiday. Santani resort and spa, which is located in the hill country of Sri Lanka, has a detox program that has been yielding amazing results for all those who have stayed.
But what is a detox holiday really about? And why is it necessary? We are here to help take you through all these questions and much more. Here’s everything you need to know about a detox retreat holiday.
What does a detox holiday mean?
Detox is defined as ‘a process or period of time in which one rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances’. Therefore a detox holiday is built and designed with the aim of helping you physically and mentally detox yourself in order to achieve a healthy mind and body. This detox holiday will help cleanse your body and rid the body from the toxins that have entered it through various ways.
Santani has two wellness packages to care specifically for your detox needs. This preventive care will help reduce the risk of diseases by focusing on increasing the immunity of your body. This is achieved by ensuring that your physical, mental and emotional health is attended to. As your body is in its prime condition, free from all toxins, the rest of your immune system is given time to rejuvenate while also being strong enough to fight against any other eternal threats.
What does it include?
The best aspect of this detox retreat is that it is still a vacation. You can enjoy your holiday at this luxury resort and relax, but also look after your health and care for your total wellbeing while doing it. It’s a ‘killing 2 birds with 1 stone’ type of situation. This process of detoxification starts with a consultation upon arrival so that the medical professionals are able to assess your lifestyle, health conditions and medical history. Unlike western medicine that takes a generic approach, Ayurveda has personalized programs as each customer is unique and has different needs.
As the aim is to get rid of the toxins there are five basic cleansing methods practiced at Santani depending on the customer’s health goals. They are ‘vamana’ (therapeutic vomiting or emesis), ‘virechan’ (purgation), ‘basti’ (enema), ‘nasya’ (elimination of toxins through the nose) and ‘rakta moksha’ (detoxification of the blood). Additionally, this cleansing process also includes warm oils and steam rooms in order to push the toxins to the channels for elimination. Priority is also given to mental detox which is mainly achieved by the serene and peaceful atmosphere and calming architecture you are surrounded with. Digital detox also plays a huge part in this process as you are given a break from the constant technology that always keeps our mind occupied. This retreat is set up to slow you down in order to achieve an ideal healthy lifestyle.
Why is it important and who is it meant for?
The common misconception is that the need for detoxification has only risen because of the increase in toxins that enter our body through the polluted air, water and food. But it is interesting to note that detoxification via Ayurveda has been practiced for more than 5000 years, even when the air and produce were considered fresh and free of toxic substances. The purpose of Ayurveda and the detox holiday is to extend the individual’s lifespan by ensuring that they are on the right diet, exercise routine, sleeping pattern and water intake in order to lead a healthy life. Therefore it is quite clear that this age-old concept and practice of detoxification is not meant only for those who live in a highly industrialized city and cannot escape the smoke in the atmosphere. Even those who have lived in a secluded area with fresh air surrounding them, could also be benefitted from the process of detoxification.
Additionally there are certain toxins that are created in our body as a by-product of the metabolic process. Although it is a biological process this metabolic waste needs to be minimized or eliminated. There are in built mechanisms that our bodies have adapted to eliminate such toxins through methods such as sweating, urination and even breathing. However, this process is at its optimal state and functions at maximum efficiency only when we are children. As we get older, the efficiency of these systems to naturally cleanse our body and eliminate these toxins reduces. Therefore it is quite crucial to need external methods to assist in cleansing the body. So even if you feel healthy or pride yourself around the fact that you don’t get sick often, it is important to note that even you are not free from being affected by toxins. This retreat is for everyone.