10 tips to select the best and authentic ayurvedic massage centre or spa in Kerala


Are you planning to take an ayurvedic massage or want to find the best spa in Kerala? Read our tips to find the authentic spa in your destination and avoid getting cheated.

Kerala is well known for traditional ayurvedic spa and massaging. Thousands of tourists arrive in Kerala every year with the primary goal of getting the authentic ayurvedic treatments. However, the situation here, tourists are misguided by travel guides and drivers and they end up reaching the private facilities where there are no qualified doctors and the treatment is done by people with no practical experience.

CAUTION: Ayurvedic massaging done by people with no expertise can cause serious and permanent hard to your body. Always choose authentic ayurvedic facilities where there is a qualified doctor.

How to find authentic ayurvedic massage centres in Kerala


Consider the following factors while choosing the massage centre:

1. How long has this place been in business? Check their history in Google, TripAdvisor and on their own website. Find data from several places and try to identify when did this place start the business. Usually, many small Spas start every month but they go out of business quickly and then reappear in another name.

2. Ask them if they have a qualified doctor on site. Ask for the qualification of the doctor. Most of the ayurvedic treatments including the massaging require a checkup by a qualified ayurvedic doctor before starting any treatment.

3. How much it costs? They may take advantage of your ignorance and try to charge you a huge money. Check out few ayurvedic hospital websites and try to understand the average cost for various treatments and massages.

4. Ask them whether they reuse any oil. I heard from multiple sources that small parlours buy used oil from other parlours and try to use them.

5. Do they have the facility to bath after the massaging? In ayurvedic massaging, they apply various oils on your head and body and it won't be possible for you to get into your car without a good bath. But some massage parlours do not have a proper bathroom.

6. Don't just ask for "full body massaging", "head massaging" etc. Instead, consult the ayurvedic doctor, discuss your health and ask his recommendation on what kind of treatment is best for you.

7. Just a 1 hour treatment will not do much for you other than the pleasure of massaging that may not last longer than a day. Most of the ayurvedic plans require atleast 1 week of dieting, massaging, meditation etc. So, check if the massaging centre has the facilities to accommodate you for multiple days.

8. Do they have speciality food? If you just stay in a hotel and take their massaging, they won't be able to provide you the special vegetarian food recommended during the course of your treatment. So, you may want to choose a place where they provide the special diet.

9. Do not trust your driver or tourist guide. Most of the private spas in Kerala operate based on commission. The drivers and tourist guides receive 50% or more commission from the private spas.

10. Try to find a facility operated by traditional "vaidyar" (ayurvedic doctor) family, like Kottackal, Chempenkulam, Santhigiri etc.

Recommended Ayurvedic Massaging Centres in Kerala


By considering the special needs during the ayurvedic massaging and treatments, I would recommend you choose a retreat, ayurvedic hospital or a resort that has special ayurvedic facilities and a qualified in-house doctor.


Comments

Author: okocho22 Nov 2016 Member Level: Bronze   Points : 0

The great information and helpful, thanks



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