Jivita Ayurveda is one of our favourite hidden wellness spots in London. While it can’t rival London’s luxury spas – they only have two small treatment rooms located off their Ayurvedic shop – their detoxes, facials and massages are amongst the best we’ve tried (which is why wellness insider Jasmine Hemsley lists it as one of her favourite spots in London).
With Ayurveda taking such a holistic approach to our health, founder Ana knew she wanted to combine both the apothecary and dietary side of Ayurveda with expert-led treatments including Abhyanga (a heavenly whole body massage – including a lovely facial massage – that’s deep enough to work away tension but relaxing enough to feel like you’ve been on holiday), Shiroabyanga, where hot oil is poured continuously onto the forehead to aid deep relaxation and the blissful foot-focused Padabhyanga. Book to see Ana herself or the equally wonderful Sofia and opt if you can for 90 minutes or the wonderfully indulgent full 2 hours.
Wellness is also paramount here and they offer two and ten day detox programs – as well as being able to design one just for you. Oil enemas, colonics and detoxing powder massages are the order of the day as well as a carefully prescribed selection of herbs and foods to eat at home. While the time commitment is significant (you’re ideally in for some form of treatment each day), results are “life-changing”.
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