Holis­tic heal­ing

Watsu, Pondicherry

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Leave your stress be­hind and en­ter the first Deepak Cho­pra Heal­ing Cen­tre for a re­ju­ve­nat­ing hol­i­day. It was last year that the Dune Eco Vil­lage and Re­sort part­nered with the au­thor and al­ter­na­tive-medicine ad­vo­cate to add to its ayurvedic of­fer­ings and pro­vide a heal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence to its pa­trons. The cen­tre of­fers Cho­pra’s fa­mous Per­fect Health pro­gramme, both for short (a week) and longer du­ra­tions. The space has a rather rus­tic ap­peal with thatched roofs, open-to-the-sky show­ers, tra­di­tional wooden steam cham­bers and plenty of trop­i­cal flow­ers in bloom. Ther­a­pies are car­ried

out by trained Ayurvedic prac­ti­tion­ers un­der the guid­ance of Dr Indira Priyadarshini on tra­di­tional mas­sage ta­bles in nat­u­rally ven­ti­lated rooms. The high­light is the Watsu, an aquatic body­work form that uses zen shi­atsu and acu­pres­sure in warm wa­ter to pro­vide a re­lax­ing and heal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Con­ducted by one of the only two li­censed prac­ti­tion­ers in the coun­try in an ex­clu­sive heated, salt chlo­ri­nated pool at the cen­tre, Watsu can be a trans­form­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for most peo­ple. You are guided by the ther­a­pist who cra­dles, rocks and stretches through gen­tle, flow­ing move­ments in the wa­ter while you float on the sur­face. Your body moves to­wards a state of deep re­lax­ation while your breath­ing is in rhythm with your ther­a­pist.

GET­TING THERE The clos­est air­port is Chen­nai at a dis­tance of 140 km. AT Deepak Cho­pra Heal­ing Cen­tre, Dune Eco Vil­lage and Spa, East Coast Road, Pud­hukup­pam, Puducherry TEL 91595 50341 PRICE Rs 1,500 on­wards 

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