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Finding happiness in Sri Lanka

The ancient practice of Ayurveda dates back over 5,000 years, and is one of the oldest systems of medicine in the world. Literally translated as “life-knowledge”, it encourages living to the full human potential. A visit to Anantara Spa at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort will provide you insight into improving your daily life by using Sri Lanka’s age-old wellness techniques.

The resort’s resident Ayurvedic Doctor Sampath Perawattha says the treatment is very much tailored to the individual, and every condition is unique. “As an Ayurvedic doctor, I’m trying to understand the natural balance in my patients. If there’s an unbalance in the doshas, then I am trying to use my treatment to give the health back to their life.”

Guests at Anantara Tangalle Peace Haven Resort are invited to book a complimentary consultation with Doctor Sampath. He is able to advise on treatment options according to each guest’s dosha type, current condition and personal needs. By incorporating yoga, meditation and specific food into your daily routine, Doctor Sampath says Ayurveda can assist with a range of conditions, from stress to excess weight to insomnia.

For an Ayurvedic treatment which calms and relaxes, Shirodhara allows the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation. A lukewarm herbal oil is poured onto the forehead, where nerves are highly concentrated. This anti-ageing treatment is intensely rejuvenating, by improving memory and addressing neurological disorders, as well as normalising sleep patterns and blood pressure.

Doctor Sampath’s focus is not just on guests’ wellness while on holiday, but in building a long-term plan to improve your overall life. “To find true happiness, people need to understand their mind and body. At Anantara, we try to do that with Ayurveda, and guests can take home a new experience in their lives.”