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The Destination Within
Published: Volume 17, Issue 8, August, 2009

Jiva Spas at Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces

Do you have state-of-the-art Technology at your finger tips, yet are constantly stretched to meet demands and deadlines? Faster speeds, yet shrinking quality time. Great career graph with stress levels to match. If that sounds like your way of life, wellness may just be the price you are paying for your modern lifestyle. Step back from your daily schedule to introspect on your choices, and step into Jiva to savour a luxurious spa experience in a beautiful, private sanctuary of wellness. Located at Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces across the world, Jiva spas invite you to luxuriously unwind, pamper and rejuvenate yourself.

Drawing from ancient Indian healing wisdom, Jiva Spas are rooted in the philosophy that Jiva or the ‘life force’ is the bedrock of wellness. Jiva believes that a spa unfolds a holistic way of life wherein one’s life force is gently nurtured and elevated. It is the only Indian spa brand in the world with uniquely Indian spa therapies and experiences. You can treat yourself to the Jiva experience in Taj Hotels, Resorts and Palaces all over India, with each Jiva Spa offering treatments which are in harmony with its natural surroundings. Jiva Spas can also be found in the Maldives, Bhutan and other holiday havens.

The spas offer an array of wellness treatments specially designed to maintain your unique physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium. Highly trained spa therapists offer treatments with products made from pure herbs, aromatherapy oils, natural balms and other indigenous ingredients. Spa treatments culminate in an ideal state of balance, detoxification, deep muscular relief and relaxation. You can choose from a variety of therapies that include the unique Pehlwan Mŕalish, a powerful Indian oil massage; Champi, the authentic Indian head massage; Garshana and Ubtans, which are invigorating scrubs and wraps; and Ventoz, the traditional Indian cupping therapy. Jiva Spas also offer a wide range of Ayurvedic treatments which are customised to suite your specific needs. Jiva Spas additionally offer four signature experiences whose designs are born out of extensive research in healing traditions. Vishuddi detoxifies your body; Vishrama, a deep muscle massage, physically eases out your stress; Sammatva balances the charkas in your body; and Sushupti, a soothing therapy combining massage and exfoliation, takes you into a deep state of relaxation. These signature experiences include different ancient practices like massage, yoga asanas, pranayam or breathing techniques, trataka or gazing at a fixed point for enhanced concentration, and yoga nidra that involves practicing a state of conscious deep sleep.

Jiva also offers exclusive prenuptial treatments customised for couples. This is a special time for the soon-to-be-married couple to relax together with therapeutic massages and treatments before the excitement of the wedding ceremonies and celebrations take over. They, along with other guests, can also take advantage of the myriad of beauty treatments offered at Jiva Spas. One can indulge in facials, manicures and pedicures that incorporate the use of natural products exclusively developed for Jiva Spas. The 100 per cent natural range of Jiva beauty products are made with a comprehensive understanding of the therapeutic benefits of herbs, essential oils and pharmacopoeia.

These wellness sanctuaries are equipped with yoga rooms and meditation pavilions where guests can practice either under the supervision of an expert or on their own. Mediation is a wonderful way to de-stress and get in touch with yourself. The mediation programmes at Jiva Spas include Inner Silence, Body Stillness and Yogic Relaxation. Yoga gurus guide you through mediation and breathing exercises, as well as teach yoga classes for individuals at all levels of experience.

High standards are uniformly maintained at all Jiva Spas worldwide, yet each one is unique in its own way. While the Jiva Spa at the Taj Exotica Resort in Maldives unfolds across charming courtyards, over picturesque pools and through meandering stone paths in fragrant gardens, the one at Rambagh Palace, Jaipur, is situated in luxurious tents that recreate the grandeur of the imperial encampments of yore. In Mumbai an independent three-tiered tower block houses the elegant Jiva Club & Spa that is unarguably the finest, most contemporary city spa and state-of-the-art Health Club. The Jiva Club & Spa is designed to reflect the elements of nature and is situated amidst 80,000 sq. ft of landscaped gardens with water fountains and a jogging track. Upon the Jiva Spa Boat at the Taj Lake Palace in Udaipur you can enjoy the unique experience of benefiting from the therapeutic attributes of signature Jiva experiences whilst floating over calming waters. So whichever spa you choose to visit, and whether you stop by for a few hours or stay for longer to experience all the spa has to offer, come, ignite your Jiva – the inimitable spark of life that exists within you.

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