What’s Your Dosha? Keeping it Local at Vida Spa
What’s your Dosha? Are you a Vata, Pitta, or Kapha?
Vida Spa – one of my all-time favorite spas – wants to know.
Vida Spa is a currently 5-spa-strong Canadian company (B.C.-based, no less) with spas located in Vancouver (3), Whistler (1), and Seattle (1). Its flagship spa is located at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel – nice enough, but I prefer the boutique-y feel of the Sutton Place Hotel Vancouver location. The third Vancouver location, to be at the Westin Bayshore Vancouver, should launch this autumn/winter.
Their Seattle spa – its most recent addition to their spa family and their first international one – opened in April of 2008, and is located at the Pan Pacific Hotel (2200 Westlake Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121). This spa boasts no less than 7,000 square feet and 18 treatment rooms (including 2 couples rooms and a triple room that can accommodate a massage threesome). From the moment you walk into this spa, you immediately feel serene; the environment is literally detoxifying.
Thinking of going? I strongly recommend their series of Ayurvedic treatments: the ancient (5,000 year-old) holistic and purifying Indian science of Ayurveda (आयुर्वेद, the ‘science of life’) works to bring your dosha into harmony so you can enjoy perfect health.
October 1st marked the launch of Seattle Vida Spa’s fabulous Local Artisans Treatments, well worth checking out (your Hedonista received a media invite to try them out). They use all local ingredients in their spa treatments. I enjoy both their cleansing Local Artisan Ayurvedic Swedana ($175-$215) and their glowing Local Artisan Ayurvedic Facial ($115-$155); I’m also fond of their meditative, zen-like Ayurvedic Shirodhara body massage, followed by a continuous flow of warm sesame oil over the third eye, located in the forehead ($175-$215) along with their very focusing Shirodhara Head & Scalp Massage ($125).
Vida’s treatments certainly aren’t cheap – but they’re so luxuriously unique and absolutely restorative to mind, body, spirit, and soul – that they’re worth every penny.
In addition to the holistic health benefits, don’t forget the support local aspect, too.
For staying local means Pacific Northwest local. And that means B.C., too. Visit one, visit all … but do visit.