Quieten the Mind Monkeys

Are you having trouble quieting the monkey mind?  The Buddha described the human mind as being filled with monkeys, chattering, dancing, and climbing, incessantly. This was thousands of years before mobile phones, computers, and iPads came on the scene to add to the clutter. In response to all the madness the Four Seasons Hong Kong has introduced the 5,000 year old tradition of Ayurveda healing to the menu at the Spa at Four Seasons.


At this urban sanctuary, expert therapist will now perform Shyju Vallapil Ayurvedic healing in two newly introduced treatments, the Abhyanga Massage and the Ayurvedic Shirodhara Experience, to ensure deep relaxation of the body and mind.


Abhyanga massage (from HK$2,000 (US$257) for 90 minutes), conducted by expert therapist Shyju Valappil, whose grandfather was an Ayurvedic doctor, is an oil massage therapy for healing and detoxifying body and mind. An aromatic combination of warm oil and herbs is specially blended to satisfy each dosha, the three bodily humors particular to Ayurvedic medicine. A generous amount of oil is used to open the pores, hydrate skin cells and activate the body’s seven energy centres. The oil enhances arterial and lymphatic circulation and renders the nervous system completely relaxed.


During the indulgent Shirodhara Experience (From HK$2,200 (US$283) for 90 minutes), warm oil is poured in a steady stream onto the center of the forehead, opening the ‘third eye’ of spirituality, stimulating the crown chakra and improving clarity of the mind. The soothing oil is then worked into the scalp with a therapeutic head massage that creates a sense of deep calm, and at long last, stillness, as the monkey mind is finally quieted.

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