When I first learned of YO1, an Ayurveda-inspired holistic wellness center nestled on 1,300 acres of property in the Catskills, I couldn’t wait to see what it was all about. As a yogi I know a bit about Ayurveda, an Indian system of medicine focusing on using nature to heal oneself, but was excited to learn more and dive in. Joe and I were invited to experience all the center has to offer over a weekend and were beyond impressed by the service, practitioners, meals, programming and property. I knew as soon as we walked in that I was in the right place when the front desk concierge greeted us by saying, “Namaste.”
This week in Miami, Joe and I were able to enjoy the Lapis Spa at the Fontainebleau for a few hours. Typically, when we get spa treatments on vacation, we always opt for deep tissue couples massages. This time however, something else caught my eye on the spa menu and I'm glad I tried it. After all, it is part of my job! With an open mind and spiritual interest, I tried an Ayurvedic massage called Abhyanga, which is an ancient Indian massage therapy that uses a combination of oils according to your Dosha type in order to unblock your chakras and relieve stress. Dosha? Chakras? Allow me to explain. Here's everything you should know before trying an Ayurvedic massage.