Travelling can put your body (and mind) off balance. Here’s how you can counteract the effects using simple Ayurvedic techniques.
Let’s face it – regardless of whether you travel for work or pleasure, no one wants to feel stressed, fatigued or out of whack while travelling. Luckily, there are ways you can arrive at your destination cool, calm and collected thanks to the ancient practice of Ayurveda.
This holistic approach to wellbeing is all about balancing the mind, body and spirit to achieve optimal health. It aims to heal the body as a whole through nutrition, yoga and meditation by enhancing overall health rather than focusing on individual symptoms.
While those wanting to really delve into Ayurveda should visit a qualified practitioner, there are some simple techniques you can try in the mean time.
Watch what you eat
Ok, you didn’t manage to say no to the muffin on the plane, or the bread at dinner last night, or the pancakes on offer this morning. Eating while you travel can bring with it a lack of control, as you navigate airports and restaurants and say goodbye to your kitchen for a few days.
Ayurvedic eating is based around healing foods as well as herbs and spices, particularly turmeric, ginger and cinnamon - all high in anti-inflammatory properties and easy to incorporate into everyday cooking. While getting into the kitchen mightn’t be possible on the road, eating lots of fresh, seasonal foods that are locally sourced will help.
Travelling can also disrupt your usual eating habits, so be prepared to avoid the temptation of unhealthy foods. Pack some fuss-free, protein-filled snacks including bliss balls, nuts, seeds and sundried fruits.
Save your sleep
Getting enough sleep while travelling can be a challenge, especially when jet lag starts playing havoc with your body clock. Sleep is key to Ayurveda as it restores the body, so try to stick to your usual sleep routine if you can.
This includes going to bed and rising at the same time every day and having a wind-down routine that helps prepare the body for sleep. This might be a warm bath, a cup of herbal tea or a good book. Trying to get a deep, rejuvenating rest after you arrive may help restore your body clock and your energy too.
Book a massage
Massage is another technique used in Ayurveda, which is said to help balance the mind and body. It also improves circulation, reduces muscle tension and can help with anxiety.
Why not try…The Recovering Traveller
A journey that assists in balancing the body by releasing any fluid retention and strengthens the immune system after a long flight. It begins with a guided meditation, followed by signature massage using a fusion of modalities, including Marma work, lymphatic drainage and a kasa bowl technique that draws out excess heat. Customised to individual needs, this experience can awaken or assist to bring about a restful slumber. Length: 2 hours