Health and wellness

Body, soul: Massage and blessings in Nepal

Healing experiences in Pokhara, Nepal. By CATHARINE NICOL

Body: Mountain massage

You feel like you’re on top of the world at Tiger Mountain Lodge, several kilometres from Pokhara and many metres up. The entrance doorway frames Machhapuchhare Peak. Step onto the sun-soaked terrace, and you’ll find a skyline of soaring mountains. The freshest air and complete silence relax the body. But therapists take your calmness to the next level with mind-melting massages using Ayurvedic techniques and chakra healing. The pink glow of the peaks at sunset rounds out each day.

tigermountainlodge.com

Soul: Monastery blessing

The beautiful Matepani Monastery sits above a small forest and overlooks Pokhara, Nepal’s largest city by area. The red and gold roof contrasts with the blue sky, the Tibetan flags ripple in the breeze, and shafts of light illuminate colourful interiors. Simply visiting this sacred space is special, but a personal blessing from the head abbot can be arranged if you stay at The Pavilions Himalayas retreat. Close your eyes as the abbot chants, blesses you and places a silk khata scarf around your shoulders.

pavilionshotels.com/himalayas 

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