Holistic wellness in Mauritius is no longer just the domain of luxury 5-star hotel spas, there are spa therapists practising their trade in a number of wellness centres and spas across the island. Similarly the products used in holistic treatments have also expanded and diversified to include a range of creams, lotions, body scrubs and wraps that are made from bio-quality, organic plants and flowers endemic to the island. This has given rise to a host of new therapies that includes calming noni leaves, skin-smoothing papaya and cooling cucumber wraps. Essential oils and flower elixirs including NaturEssences made from native flowers are used in drops or sprays to enhance the quality of treatments. There are also a host of other holistic treatments available on the island including Ayurveda, Pranic Healing, Reiki, Acupuncture, and Shiatsu.


Another year is gone, and our eyes are turned towards the New Year and like a new moon, we look at it with feelings of hope and freshness. But before we turn the page on the past year, let us complete any unfinished business. Have we forgotten something before we move ahead with our life journey? For we are all travellers towards the same destination, but with different roadmaps engraved in the lines of our hands. So each one’s journey will have different meanderings, scenery, and pitfalls.


Some years ago, the spas in Mauritius’ newly built 5-star hotels resembled carefully sculpted sanctuaries, created to satisfy the needs of even the most discerning customer. International labels were widely propagated and each spa was eager to show off the talents of their trained therapists; experts in the arts of applying those outlandish products, brimming with first-hand knowledge from across Europe, and of products, which came in by air-cargo.


Spa is a relatively new but highly appreciated word in the vocabulary of Mauritius. Mauritians had traditionally gone to see an Ayurveda therapist, or a Chinese herbalist to soothe their aching bones, and there was always someone in the family who knew how to tackle sore and stiff muscles! But then, a generation of spa employees that were carefully taught the ultimate secrets of their trade while working in the many 5-star hotels around the island, eventually retired and were eager to start their own businesses. Ultimately their businesses thrived, because, the island-wide progress had created a new illness, which had never before been an issue: stress. Stress symptoms could be pleasantly relieved in the spa, so business men and women were the first customers of the new generation of spa therapists.


The practice of yoga was developed by an Indian Hindu by the name of Patanjali way back in the year 300. The word itself means discipline and the whole purpose of yoga is to stretch the muscles, increase the levels of concentration and to strengthen the body in general. It is also a great way to relax and de-stress your body.

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