Holistic Therapies

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At Kamalaya Koh Samui, our holistic therapies are delivered by an international team of experienced, skilled and intuitive therapists, including five in-house qualified Ayurveda therapists from India. We also have visiting practitioners and healers offering their specialised skills at different times throughout the year.

Ayurveda

Ayurveda, the ‘Science of Life’, is a holistic system of natural medicine that is first described around 3,500 BC in the Vedic texts of ancient India.  It promotes living an existence that is balanced and in harmony with all aspects of life - physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. Enjoy a relaxing Ayurveda treatment with one of our Ayurvedic therapy specialists.
 

Royal Ayurvedic Traditional Massage

A traditional Indian massage using a combination of soothing and symmetrical long strokes to regulate the circulatory and nervous systems of the body. This detoxifying therapy uses warm herbal curative oil to leave you feeling refreshed, balanced and rejuvenated. The oils are generously poured over the entire body and then vigorously massaged into the skin.
 

Marma Point Massage

Working on 107 energy points throughout your body to release toxins and relieve tension, a Marma Point Massage will leave you in a state of complete harmony and bliss. A cleansing and harmonising therapy, it is a combination of energy balancing along with a subtle and circular stimulation of the Marma points.
 

Shirodhara

Shirodhara therapy works through to the deepest levels of one's being. 'Shiro' translates from Sanskrit as head, and 'dhara,' as flow. A stream of warm, medicated oil is poured continuously on the forehead, which helps to connect and energize the various channels (nada's) that sustain our life, from the circulation of fluids on the physical level to the subtle currents running through the meridians, chakras and auras. Using technical skill and intuition, this specialized treatment helps to improve blood supply, thereby increasing the flow of nutrients and oxygen, relieving tension, and promoting a clear pathway for nerve impulses to balance the nervous system and restore vitality. Shirodhara is recommended for sinus congestion, insomnia, and for clarity of mind.
 

Kati Vasti

Kati refers to the lower back in Sanskrit. This treatment focuses specifically on treating discomfort relating to the back, such as chronic tension, a prolapsed disc or sciatica. Kati Vasti also benefits hypertension, cardiac related conditions and fertility. Psychological imbalances relating to fear, shock and the feeling of lack of support in life correlate to this area of the body in Traditional Chinese Medicine. A medicinal paste is applied in a ring around the afflicted area, and warm Ayurvedic oil is poured in its centre. The oil is kept within the ring for 30 minutes. This application is followed by back massage and steam with hot towels for a deeply nourishing and supportive experience.
 

Pathaganjaly (massage using the feet)

This full body massage is performed with the client reclined on the floor. Heated oil is applied and massaged into the muscles with the therapist’s hands and feet. ‘Patha’ is Sanskrit for feet, and refers the therapist’s use of the feet to massage the client, carefully and skillfully walking on the body. This relaxing treatment promotes the release of tension, improves muscle flexibility, alleviates back pain and enhances circulation. Pathaganjaly allows for a strong application of pressure, especially recommended for those with well-developed or tight muscles or anyone who prefers a strong pressure massage.

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Holistic & Therapeutic Body Treatments

Kamalaya Signature Treatment: Three Treasures

According to ancient Taoist theory, the body has three main energy centres - the ‘Three Dantian’ – where our life force or vital energy ‘Qi’ is gathered, stored and distributed throughout the entire body. Each Dantian is associated with particular physical, emotional and psychological functions and each is brimming with a specific type of energy. Collectively, the Dantian are referred to as the ‘Three Treasures’. This treatment combines healing methods selected for their ability to activate, harmonise and balance the ‘Three Treasures’ in order to restore the flow of vital energy for healing and revitalisation. These include techniques from Tui Na massage, Reiki and crystal healing as well as aromatherapy using Kamalaya’s bespoke ‘Three Treasures’ oil blends created specifically for this treatment. As well as supporting the individual function of each energy centre, it promotes an enhanced balance and harmony of the mind, body, emotions and spirit and creates an overall feeling of peace and integral alignment.
 

Chi Nei Tsang (Taoist Abdominal Massage)

Unique to Thailand, Chi Nei Tsang is excellent for a diversity of health imbalances from digestive problems to nervous tension and stress. It promotes circulation and therefore health of the internal organs, while also balancing the nervous system to release stress and facilitate healing. Based on the Taoist theory that refers to the "gut' as a "second brain', this treatment releases stored emotional and psychological tension and stress thereby promoting healing on an emotional level. A series of treatments is most beneficial. Chi Nei Tsang is especially recommended for all detoxification, stress release and weight balancing programs.
 

Lymphatic Drainage 

This is a detoxifying treatment, using gentle rhythmic strokes and soft pumping movements to encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid without the firm pressure techniques of a regular massage.  The lymphatic system acts as a transportation network for the immune system and also as a filter for harmful toxins. By encouraging the movement of lymph fluid to localised lymph nodes your body is supported in efficiently eliminating waste products. Lymphatic drainage may be particularly beneficial in addressing water retention, detoxification and weight loss.  A gentle and soothing treatment also recommended to calm the nervous system and restore sleep. For maximum benefits, two or more treatments are recommended.
 

Reiki

Reiki, a Japanese word meaning "Universal Life Energy', is a therapy in which the Reiki healer is a channel or conduit for the energy. Reiki is an extremely effective technique for stress release and total relaxation. A sense of peace, vitality, and joy combined with the extremely pleasant feeling of security are common experiences. Reiki accelerates the body's natural healing power and opens the mind, body and spirit to balance on an emotional and mental level. It is a nurturing energy that harmonises the mind, body and soul.
 

Indian Head Massage

Based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda, this treatment is received seated to massage and relieve tension and blockages from your shoulders, neck, back and scalp. Using deep thumb and finger pressure, you will experience improved circulation to the head, the release of emotional and physical tension, and an enhanced state of relaxation and mental clarity.
 

Traditional Asian Hand Massage

Inspired by Korean hand acupuncture, this highly effective treatment opens the energy channels of your chest, lungs, and heart centre thereby facilitating the release of accumulated emotional stress and old emotional patterns, particularly those associated with sadness and grief. Profoundly effective for opening your heart centre and facilitating the flow of joy, love, and bliss, this treatment has a deeply balancing effect on your psyche.  It also soothes the nerves in the arms and hands, helps getting rid of tension associated with desk work.
 

Traditional Asian Foot Massage with Herbal Foot Soak

Kamalaya’s Asian Foot Massage with Herbal Soak is a nourishing treatment which begins with a warm foot soak infused with locally sourced fresh and dried herbs renowned for their therapeutic properties. These herbs help to reduce muscle tension & stress, induce better sleep, inhibit arthritis, reduce inflammation and improve overall blood circulation. To ensure optimum benefits, the water temperature in the foot bath is set as close to 43 degrees as is comfortable. This allows the warmth to gradually penetrate and move up the legs and deeper into the body, bringing with it a welcome sense of calm and rejuvenation.
 

Traditional Asian Foot Massage

Ancient Chinese theory of approximately 5000 years ago observed that feet are miniature maps of your entire body, with specific points on the feet corresponding to all major body parts and organs. This treatment uses specific pressure points to systematically activate the nerve reflexes, thereby stimulating all body organs and tissues to improve overall function and wellbeing. Effective for calming the mind, relieving headaches and inducing deep and restful sleep.
 

Traditional Thai Massage

Thai massage is based on the discovery of ten invisible energy lines called Sen, which run along the body. Your journey begins with a masterful combination of Thai stretching techniques and deep tissue pressure point massage.  This stimulates the blood flow, releases toxins, and allows the body to naturally heal itself and restore suppleness. Daily Thai Massage can help accelerate the pace of the detoxification process and reduce any discomfort. This treatment is available with or without the use of a hot herbal compress. The hot herbal compress, which is an ancient Thai healing tradition, uses a potent blend of herbs that are designed to open energy pathways directly affecting the brain. This can help to clear mental fog, soothe and calm the mind.
 

Traditional Thai Herbal Compress Massage

The use of herbal heated compresses is a traditional Thai therapy which dates back to ancient times, when it was the secret healing technique of Buddhist monks and local herbal healers. Thai Herbal Compress involves special poultices made of herbs and spices that are wrapped in muslin and steam heated. Steam heating allows the release of natural essential oils and aromas from the herbs and spices to help promote deep relaxation, reduced stress and fatigue, increased physical wellbeing, enhanced alignment and postural integrity of the body, improved circulation of blood and lymph and the stimulation of the internal organs.

 

Vital Essence Oil Massage

Kamalaya’s unique Vital Essence Oil Massage combines Asian knowledge of energy principles with the science of aromatherapy to create the perfect synergy between East and West. This magical and harmonising experience is a simple and effective way to let go of tensions, improve your health, balance your emotions, and enhance your life. One of our Five Element essential oils will be selected to suit your constitution: Water, Wood (Air), Fire, Earth, and Metal (Ether).
 

Upper Body Tension Relief

This deep tissue massage focuses on releasing tension and discomfort in the areas most commonly affected by lifestyle and stress. Modern lifestyles which include long hours sitting at a computer and frequent travel on planes and cars promote poor posture and limited or repetitive movement. This leads to an imbalance in our natural flow of movement causing restricted blood flow, blocked energy circulation and even shallow breathing which often manifests as tension, fatigue and pain. Overworked areas such as back, neck and shoulder muscles tend to contract causing tightness and pain. By working deep into the layers of muscles and connective tissue with slow but very firm strokes, this massage effectively relieves tension and contractions in those areas and guides the body back to its natural state of balance. This treatment may also help to relieve headaches and stress.
 

Lower Body Tension relief

With a specific focus on addressing the lower back and legs which are much affected by modern sedentary lifestyles, this treatment provides an intensive release of tension and stress using a variety of therapeutic and remedial techniques. This massage treatment improves blood circulation, alleviates anxiety and brings about a state of deep relief and relaxation. Potent active ingredients that penetrate into the tissue and strengthen muscles and joints are used together with techniques that will dissolve any tension in the body.
 

Traditional Thai Therapeutic Treatment

Traditional Thai Therapeutic Treatment is also known as ‘medical massage’ and is based on the Royal Thai style, ‘Rajasamnak’ which was historically only used to treat the Thai aristocracy and the Royal Family. Furthermore, the theory behind Traditional Thai Therapeutic Treatment is also based on the medical inscriptions and illustrations displayed at Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. This temple is renowned for its prestigious massage school which utilises ancient pressure point techniques. These therapeutic points and energy pathways known as Sen, are based on the principle of energy flow where applying massage techniques at precise anatomical locations produces specific therapeutic effects.

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