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Bliss & Wellness

Sri Lanka had continued to inspire and heal many who travelled to its shores ever since its existence was known to the world. Many who set foot on the island had considered it a part of a divine existence, Sri Lanka still continues to wrap its charm around its visitors, capturing their imagination with sights, sounds and flavors. Sri Lankan cuisines are a hidden treat to many, while ‘Hela Chikithsa’/Ayurveda and meditation continues to heal the bodies and minds worn out with the cares of life.

The country’s native healing system- ‘Hela Chikithsa’ or Ayurveda has been perfected over more than five thousand years. Based on herbs and diet, it was region’s only treatment method until the introduction of Western Medication in the 19th Century. The deep understanding of physiology and spirituality are practiced in various parts of the country from luxurious spas to traditional medical houses. The experience is truly unfathomable and is a glimpse into the history of rejuvenation and restoration of tensed bodies and weary souls.

More and more travelers are seeking a new kind of break. Some like to call an escapade. But wellness tourism is a trend taking the industry by storm. By definition, wellness tourism is travel for the purpose of promoting one’s health and well-being through physical, psychological, or spiritual activities. Some like mindfulness and meditation while others yearn for energizing escapes.

Sri Lanka has always been sought after for its pristine beaches, lush rainforests, Ayurvedic retreats and natural wonders. The common denominator in all of this is the opportunity to connect with Mother Nature. To be in oneness with the world we call home. Be it walking barefoot on the soft sandy soil or feeding orphaned elephants to living life as a recluse even if it means for a week. Sri Lanka does not need to rebrand itself as a wellness destination because the distinction is clear. Most tourists who’ve been to Sri Lanka once are sure to recommend or return that is because it satisfies them in a way no other holiday does.

Sri Lanka has natural and traditional endowments that are used to foster a sustainable wellness tourism value chain that is deeply rooted in local communities and traditions. The growing number of activities, better accessibility, rise of new hotels and wellness tourism key reasons was one of the main reasons for Sri Lanka to be chosen for the top spot in the annual ‘Best in Travel 2019’ publication by Lonely Planet.

Meditation plays a large role in maintaining a perfect mental health. Buddhist meditation mainly deals with right mindfulness, right concentration and right view, three of the Noble eightfold path. Also, do not miss to buy publications and other souvenirs on Buddhism at Sambudha Jayanthi Mandiraya in Colombo. 

Sri Lankan Ayurveda Experience- Hela Chikithsa
The Ayurveda system of healing believes in treatment of not just the part affected by disease but the individual as a whole. It emphasizes on the harmony of mind, spirit and body in curing the body and focus is on prevention rather than cure. Ayurveda practitioners approach diagnosis by using all five senses. Hearing is used to observe the conditions of breathing and speech. The study of the lethal points is of special importance. Ayurvedic doctors regard physical and mental existence together with personality as a unit, each element having the capacity to influence the others. One of the fundamental aspects of ayurvedic medicine is to take this into account during diagnosis and therapy. Ayurvedic calls for the use of various plant parts and various minerals while animal products are used sometimes. The practice of ‘panchakarma’ is a widely used detoxifying treatment while two of the eight branches of classical Ayurveda deal with surgery. Contemporary Ayurvedic theory tends to emphasis that building a healthy metabolic system, attaining good digestion, and proper excretion lead to vitality. Ayurveda also focuses on exercise, yoga, and meditation to strike a balance between physical and mental health.