If you haven’t yet discovered Jivita Ayurveda in Kensal Rise, you are in for a treat. You may have heard about this therapy, may have read about it here and there when scouring London spas. You may have even read my recent review of Samsara Mind & Body on this site. But many people haven’t actually experienced what an ayurvedic treatment is like.
I was invited to Jivita Ayurveda, an independent wellbeing centre in Kensal Rise which focuses on delivering ayurvedic health and beauty treatments and advising people on how to follow an ayurveda diet.
The spa is run by Anu, a lady who talks passionately about this health discipline. And I was fascinated in speaking to her about the principles behind the ayurvedic philosophy.
The spa itself is based moments away from Kensal Rise overground station, on Chamberlayne Road and has various health products like Pukka Tea, and gluten-free cereals for sale. Anu also has a wonderful selection of skin and body products including the ILA range which you can also buy from her site here.
She was in fact inspired to incorporate the philosophy of the ILA founder, Denise Leicester into the treatments she carries out in her spa today.
The treatment rooms at Jivita Ayurveda make the experience even more enjoyable. The bare brick gives it a natural but stylish tone and it’s accented with delightful splashes of colour.
I particularly liked this Indian diety mural which immediately made me feel like I was in a calm place.
The treatment bed was gorgeously heated and I was completely in awe of the ceiling which was black with tiny lights all over it to make you feel like you are looking up at the stars.
Anu put on some very calming vocal music and she carried out a one hour ILA Kundalini back massage.
I still struggle days after this treatment, to come up with the words to describe it. Anu went from applying incredibly tiny movements very gradually along my spine, to carrying out more high pressured muscle work in my shoulders, to simply applying concentrated pressure on certain points of my back. It was like no other spa treatment I’ve had before.
At times, the treatment took on an incredibly spiritual nature. The heat produced from the massage and the rhythm in which it was applied, along with the meditative-like music was completely mesmerising.
I spoke to Anu afterwards about this and she explained that this is typical of ayurvedic treatments. By working along a person’s chakras, the treatment can have various effects. This ranges from the person feeling incredibly emotional to the chakras actually shaking vigorously. Either way, the ILA treatments are designed with the philosophy of aligning the body’s chakras and bringing balance back to the body.
This, I learned is just a tiny part of a fascinating health discipline which is why I had many questions for Anu after the treatment. But in the hours afterwards I felt so incredibly chilled, worry-free and slept like a baby that night.
Listen to Anu explain the ILA ayurvedic principles designed by Denise Leicester in more detail here
And watch her talking about the spiritual side of ayurveda here:
Many thanks to Jivita Ayurveda for inviting me to try the ILA Kundalini back treatment. For more details, head over to their website Jivitaayurveda.com
Jivita Ayurveda, 89 Chamberlain Road, Kensal Rise, London NW10 3ND