Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Wellness In India

Wellness is a supreme state of mental, physical and emotional well-being. It implies an internal feeling of absolute freedom from worries or, at least, attaining the potential to keep the worries at bay or fight the adversities without getting nervous. It can be defined as a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit that results in an overall feeling of well-being. The term wellness was coined by Halbert L. Dunn, a renowned physician from US, back in 1950 in the context of alternative medicine. Dr. Dunn saw wellness as a way of living for the attainment of highest states of physical and psychological well-being. Wisconsin-based National Wellness Institute defined the term as "an active process through which people become aware of, and make choices toward, a more successful existence."

History of Indian Wellness

Though basically understood as a western concept largely due to the "Wellness Movement" initiated by Dr. Dunn late in the 1950, wellness is not to India. Its root can be traced to the ancient Indian Holy Scriptures such as the 'Vedas'. According to these scriptures, human problems engender in the mind and affect the thought process of a person. The physical predicament one experiences is the manifestation of mental unrest leading to the derailment of a person's well-being. That was the reason the ancient sages emphasized on the importance of spiritual well-being for a healthy life.

Wellness Need In Modern Lifestyle

Modern lifestyle has thrown tough challenges to every human being for remaining fit and fine. stress of work, pressure to perform, writing papers for the exams, running a family, and many similar responsibilities add to human worries. People across all age groups and sexes are equally affected by the transforming way of living. In this backdrop, one has to learn to keep oneself in fine shape while coping with the everyday challenges. For offering remedies to fight everyday blues and manage personal stress, many wellness centers sprung up all across the globe in the later half of the 20th century. And India has emerged as one of the top destinations with scores of such centres providing valuable alternative treatment methods. Following section would discuss briefly about the various types of wellness alternatives in India for leading a healthy life.

Indian Holistic Wellness


Composed of to words, Ayu (life) and Veda (knowledge), the literal meaning of the word Ayurveda is the 'science of life'. Its a holistic healing science dealing not only with the treatment of some diseases but a complete way of life.

Ayurveda traces its roots in the four vedas, the origin of which dates back to 4000 years. It is known to promote positive health, preserve natural beauty and enhance human life. Ayurveda has eight specialized branches, namely internal medicine including gynecology, surgery, the treatment of diseases of the head and neck, toxicology, paediatrics, psychiatry and rejuvenation therapy. Ayurveda is not an artificial invention but a divine gift discovered by ancient Indian health specialist. In India, Ayurvedic spas are spread all over the country among them the most famous Ayurveda Shalas are found in Kerala.


In the contemporary times, Yoga is considered to be the best method in keeping oneself free of diseases. Promoters of Yoga see daily practice as advantageous in itself, leading to personal well-being. India has a host of Yoga centres scattered across different states. In addition to the Yoga centres, there are many Yoga experts such as Baba Ramdev who organizes Yoga Shivir to impart the benefits of this practice among the followers. There are many forms of Yoga such as Hath Yoga or Ashtanga Yoga for curing specific types of personal problems. Ashtanga Yoga, or the eight fold path, is meant for the overall development of human personality while Hath Yoga promotes spiritual well-being.


This is fast emerging as an alternative treatment method of various types of diseases. It emphasizes more on the elimination of the causes of diseases than on the cure per se. The proponents of Naturopathy believes that all the diseases arise due to the accumulation of morbid matter in human body and if there could be scope of its removal then that will ultimately result in cure or relief. There are many methods of nature cure for specific types of problems such as water therapy, air therapy, fire therapy, space therapy, mud therapy, massage therapy, acupressure, etc. A Naturoptahy physician helps with natural methods to overcome diseases and control the natural forces to work within safe limits.


There are many natural and man-made spas found all across India. Kerala, the God's own country, has a handful of spas and health resorts. Some of the well-known spas are Aranya Nivas in Thekkady and Arya Vaid Shala in Kottakkal. North India has also many spas such as Ananda in Gharwal district of Uttrakhand, Milap Mansion in Haridwar, Sunny View Arya Spa in Amritsar and many others. Besides, there are few group of hotels that includes Taj Group of Hotels and Oberoi Group of Hotels offering an array of Indian and foreign forms of massages.


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