Ayurveda spa treatment room at The Fortress Resort & Spa

During the 14th Century, the Spa has been a prominent space in western culture, where one can visit to relax and strengthen the body, mind, and soul. The way of the Spa began from simply bathing in hot mineral springs to now a combination of treatments developed consisting of hot and cold baths, herbal baths, mud packs, active physical exercises, massages, and diets. The Ayurveda treatments that we know well about are the world’s oldest holistic (“whole-body”) healing systems and dates back to more than 5,000 years ago. At the Fortress, we combine the best of both worlds so that our guests can enjoy a relaxing and rejuvenating vacation when they are at our resort.


The Spa at Fortress offers a wide array of treatments tailored to each of our guest’s needs. Today we will be exploring a few of those treatments, what herbs we use to enhance the healing process, and how one benefits from each of those treatments.



Udvartana is a treatment based on powders composed of minerals, herbs, and medicinal species. The purpose of the Udvartana massage is to stimulate the metabolic process. The use of powders (Triphala) – either dry or applied after oil massage, has a mild dermis-abrasive effect and is ideal for removing impurities and treating stains and eruptions. The active components of the powder help to purify and activate the metabolism of the skin. The treatment is effective for those facing difficulties with circulatory disorders, cellulite, fluid retention, obesity, and many more.


Herbs that are used and indigenous to Sri Lanka

Aralu (Haritaki /Engish Name – Midnight Horror)

Bulu (Bibhitaki/ English Name – Bedda Nut)

Nelli (Amalaki / English Name – Amla)


Health benefits

Physical – The use of the herbal powder helps liquefy the fat in the body and helps eliminate it. The process also performs lymphatic drainage of the whole body, shows excellent results in reducing obesity levels and weight loss programs, reduces body aches, and provides lightness to the body. Another result seen with this program is that it immensely helps to reduce fatigue and lethargy.

Spiritual  Losing weight affects all chakras in the human body. Chakra is the energy center that connects your inner and outer worlds and helps us balance the spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of our lives.



Marma Abhyanga

This unique Massage focuses on the Marmas – the various junctions of the body where blood and lymph vessels, muscle and bone tissue, and nerves meet. The treatment simultaneously calms and strengthens the nervous system. In this way, Abhyanga is a protector, a preserver, and a rejuvenator.


Herbs that are used and indigenous to Sri Lanka

Neem (Azadirachta indica)

Turmeric (Curcuma longa)

Bhumyamalak (Phyllanthus amarus)

Calamus (Acorus calamus)

Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)


Health benefits

Physical – The treatment provides relief from chronic or acute pain. It also enables one to be more creative by providing higher energy levels. The feedback that we have received from those who have had this treatment is that they see substantial improvements in the body and organ functions. The treatment has provided relief for those suffering from frozen joints, respiratory conditions, headaches, and migraines.

Spiritual  The Marma therapy is the energy recovery process of Ayurveda. The process begins by entering and using 107 points or doors to the body and consciousness. Each stage allows the entry to the chakras – the vibrational energy centers along the spine from the subtle body, releasing blocked energy and stimulating pranic flow.



Pinda Sweda

Pinda Sweda is a unique treatment that combines massage and sweat therapy. Using standard heat along with an oil process is the core of the majority of Ayurvedic massage treatments around the world. Pinda Sweda uses ‘rice puddings’ or medicinal rice cooked with herbs and then bundled into soft cotton helps to create heat-holding boluses. The Pinda Sweda treatment is usually recommended for those suffering from aching joints and muscles commonly associated with arthritic conditions, back pain, and muscle stiffness. The process also helps delay the aging process of the body.


Herbs that are used and indigenous to Sri Lanka

Endaru Seeds (Ricinus communis)

Sathakuppa seeds (Pencedanum grande )

Domba seeds (Calophyllum inophyllum)


Health benefits 

Physical  The treatment helps with the reduction in stress and insomnia. It also helps reduce multiple sclerosis, acts as a tool for the management of inflammation, reduces swelling, and helps eliminate the pain of the body. Another benefit of Pinda Sweda is that it helps soothe and restore dry skin.

Spiritual  Pinda Sweda treatment opens the third eye chakra – known as Ajna, which is considered to be the sixth chakra in the body. This chakra is said to be located in the center of your head, parallel to the middle of your eyebrows. It is believed to be linked to perception, awareness, and spiritual communication.



We all are facing a global pandemic, and it has been stressful for all of us. Maintaining a healthy body, mind, and soul is crucial when moving forward. When inquiring from our in-house Ayurveda Doctor, she stated that she highly recommends the following rejuvenating and anti-stress treatments to guests. Next time when you are at the resort, try them out. All our guests have said that they were happy with the treatment and feel stress-free.


Frangipani Full Body Massage

A total relaxation full-body massage using the exotic essential oil of frangipani will leave your mind and body rejuvenated. The treatment will also bring renewal and balance to your lifestyle.


Anti-Stress Full Body Massage

This treatment includes a series of long flowing effleurage movements and gentle but effective massage strokes. Combined with Lavender, Grapefruit, and Orange essential oils, the herbs help melt the tension and harmonize the body. And the end of the process, you will be moved into a deep state of relaxation, leaving you completely stress-free.


There are several more treatments at Fortress which provide enhancing results and many positive benefits similar to what was mentioned in the above read. Click the link here to learn what other treatments we have available for you. To directly connect to our in-house Ayurveda Doctor, you can now send an email to [email protected].