Sapphire Day Spa is honored to be the only spa on Vancouver Island offering traditional Ayurvedic treatments and consultations.

Ayurveda, which literally means "the science of life," is a natural healing system developed in India. This mind-body science is older than the Pyramids and the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. It is a comprehensive system of medicine that places equal emphasis on the body, mind, and spirit and strives to restore the innate harmony of the individual.

It is based on the principles of the elements and the three "doshas" which exist in the body. Each individual has their unique constitution called prakruti and a current state (which indicates balance or imbalance) called virkruti. It is natural for the body to go in and out of balance and in fact is normal and healthy. However, prolonged imbalances are the starting point of the development of disease and conditions. It is at this point that you may not "feel like yourself" yet there is no recognizable aliment.

The Doshas

There is much to be said about the doshas and we are providing a beginner introduction so that you can begin to familiarize yourself with the principles.

Vatta: air and space energy; governs large intestines, circulation

Pitta: fire and water; governs metabolism, digestion

Kapha: earth and water energy; governs immunity, stability, strength

Vata Constitution

Those who are born with more of the space and air element have a vata constitution. Generally, a vata person will be naturally thin, more talkative, and often restless. They typically have a lower body weight, dry skin, brittle nails, thin hair, and small eyes. They have a tendency to be cold, with cracking joints and very active minds. They tend to prefer warm or hot weather, and have trouble tolerating the cold. They are creativity and easily excited.

Pitta Constitution

Pitta people are those who are born with hotter constitutions, containing fire and water elements. A pitta person is generally driven, active, a perfectionist, dynamic, sharp-witted and also short-tempered. They may have leadership qualities, a moderate build, a smart personality, a sharp nose, and their eyes will also be sharp. Pitta people commonly have early hair loss or greying. They are generally warm to the touch with rosy lips and pink nails with a slight curve.

Kapha Constitution

Kapha indicates a preponderance of the water and earth element. People with this kappa constitution are generally cool, calm, cheerful, naturally full figured. If assigned a task, they never complete the task on time. Actually, Ayurveda says that because a kapha person is the least bothered, happiest type of person on the whole planet, the best constitution is kapha. They’re cheerful all the time! Other qualities include a thick build, thick, dark hair, big eyes with very white sclera (whites), and prominent, shiny, white teeth. The skin may also be thick, moist, and a little cool to the touch. As a personality type, while they tend to accumulate and collect personal items and are inspired to doing things that are of service for society.


Shirodhara is a purifying and rejuvenating therapy designed to assist with mental exhaustion, relieve stress and imbalances in the central nervous system. It is an ancient therapy originating in India over 5,000 years ago. Warm oils are poured in a continuous rhythmic flow onto the forehead and  run through the scalp and into the hair.

Traditionally, it is used to calm the nervous system, harmonize Vata energy, release stored emotions and purify the mind.  This is achieved as the brow is associated with the fundamental endocrine glands, which organize and regulate all hormonal secretions.  Hormonal secretions are responsible for control of digestion, breath and elimination and they are also responsible for moods and emotional stress.

Most people will commonly notice the following shirodhara treatments: reduction in stress, reduction in excessive thinking, calmness of emotions, improved sleep, alleviation of mental anguish and the release of negative emotions.

We offer a collection of these treatments and are happy to discuss which treatment best suits you.

Discover Balance with through the Elements

Vata Balancing Treatments

Sesame Shirodhara - calms the mind, reduces anxiety

Abhyanga Massage - hydrates the body, supports the nervous system

Hot Stone Seaweed Pedicure - provides grounding effect

Swedana Herbal Steam Session - warms and calms the body

Pitta Balancing Treatments

Abhyanga Massage - loosens tight muscles, promotes relaxation

Coconut Milk and Rose Shirodhara - cools the mind, reduces irritability and impatience

Coconut Sugar Scrub - cools the skin, calms irritated skin, soothes and cools the mind

Sensitive Skin Facial - soothing, calming and helps reduce reddness

Kapha Balancing Treatments

Detoxifying Massage /Ama Releasing Treatment - supports proper elimination of toxins both physical and mental

Nasya Treatment - reduces sinus congestion

Rosemary Shirodhara -awakens the mind and memory

Swedana Herbal Steam Session - increases circulation and safe elimination of toxins

Click here to view our menu of Ayurvedic Treatments

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