Nestled in the foothills of the breathtaking Himalayas and overlooking the Ganges is the beautiful Ananda. Counted as one of the best spas in the world, the serene oasis offers its guests a unique experience filled with comfort and wellbeing along with an overwhelming menu of 80 body and beauty treatments fusing both Indian and Western approaches as well as delicious fresh and local fare.
The multi award-winning retreat, has also recently started offering its guests the opportunity to participate in special workshops and private sessions conducted by a whole range of skilled therapists, healers, Ayurvedic doctors, teachers and guides from across the globe. Presently, between the 12th of June and the 2nd of July, 2014, Pamela Young will be conducting the workshops at the world-class spa. Young, who is a well-reputed, nationally certified and licensed massage therapist and expert on Watsu and Reiki grew up on native Indian reservations and has a deep understanding of alternative healing methods and indigenous cultures.
Watsu is a form of hydrotherapy which takes place in warm water. The therapy is a mix of massages, joint mobilisations, shiatsu, muscle stretching and dance and aims at inducing deep relaxation and calm. Reiki, which is an age-old Japanese practice, too is a calming technique and is highly-recommended for people with high levels of stress and anxiety. Pamela, who initially worked in the medical field of Orthopedics and Pathology is also familiar with a host of other holistic sciences and even specializes in Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, & Myofascial massages as well as Lymphatic, Thai, Chakra Balancing, LaStone and Reflexology this, allows the skilled professional to use her experience and wealth of knowledge to choose and customize a treatment best suited for every guest’s individual needs.
Prominent names to have graced the internationally-acclaimed spa include Uma Thurman, Heidi Klum, Ricky Martin and Oprah Winfrey. The spa is also one of the only ones to have been voted 8 times consecutively within the World’s Top 5 Destination Spas according to the Conde Nast Traveller Reader’s Choice Awards. The pricing for the special session will be made available on request and will be additional to the cost of the stay. Packages are upwards of Rs. 15,400.