Integra Regenerative Clinic: Your one-stop health shop

Who would have thought that a health store exists at the basement of Robinsons Galleria? While urban legends tell us stories of a half-human half-snake creature that resides in the mall’s basement that is allegedly grabbing unsuspecting humans for food, I found something vegan instead. Integra Regenerative Clinic is your one-stop shop for anything organic, natural, vegan, and healthy. A new go-to place for health junkies and for people seeking wellness.

Although Integra is just a relatively new shop, the owners have been in the organic business since  1995.

Integra at lower ground floor of Robinsons Galleria.

Do you love greens? Don’t you know that most commercially grown vegetable produce in the market today are chemical-laden? Make sure you are only eating pesticide-free and herbicide-free veggies so you can enjoy the full health benefits of your food.

Nearby folks can get their fresh supply of organic and locally grown produce at Integra. They have cold-pressed juices too for people on the go. They also sell organic eggs, body care products, and a whole bunch of organic products and super foods. Super busy folks can take advantage of their delivery service every Saturday.

Organic vegetables and cold-pressed juices.
Lots of organic stuffs, super foods and more.

Looking for some guilt-free ice cream? Integra is one of the selected few outlets that carry Super Scoops premium vegan ice cream. This vegan ice cream comes in different flavors: chocolate milk, coffee dream, dark chocolate wine, mangoes and cream, milky matcha, and strawberries and cream. Small size at 120 pesos and 350 pesos for a pint. Once you get a taste of this ice cream, you wouldn’t even know it’s vegan.

I love how milky matcha ice cream tastes like.

Integra also offers health (naturopathic) consultations and ozone therapy.

For your vegan and organic needs, visit Integra Regenerative Clinic located at lower ground floor (basement), West Lane Robinsons Galleria, EDSA cor Ortigas Avenue, Quezon City. It is in front of the NBI satellite office. You can reach them through (02) 632-7361 or (+63915) 564 8877.


Discover Wellness at Arogya Ayurveda Center

In my continuous quest for personal healing and wellness, one day I decided to give Ayurveda a try. Ayurveda, which means ‘Science of Life’, is a 5000 years old system of medicine that originated in India. This ancient system of natural healing offers time-tested practices and principles that can remedy almost any type of malady known to man. These practices, when applied correctly, can promote longevity and restore perfect health.

Today many people from around the globe travel to India to discover the amazing health benefits of ayurveda. Luckily for us we don’t need to buy an expensive plane ticket to India just to experience ayurveda. The Arogya Ayurveda Center in Makati brings us ayurveda at its finest.

Established in 2010, Arogya Ayurveda Center is one of most popular places to go to in the metro when seeking authentic ayurvedic treatments. Arogya offers traditional ayurvedic procedures with herbalized oils carefully  selected based on individual body constitution. They also offer a detox program called Panchakarma.

Welcome to Arogya Ayurveda Center!
The reception area.
The lounge.

According to Ayurveda, the foundation of health lies on the balance of three bodily humours or doshas namely vata, pitta, and kapha. When one or more doshas becomes out of balance, disease manifests as a result. While modern medicine focuses in treating the disease, ayurveda treats the human person holistically. Ayurveda views each person as having a unique mind-body constitution and therefore each person requires a personalized ayurvedic care and treatment.

On my first visit to Arogya I took a short diagnostic quiz to determine my dosha type. Although all three doshas are present in everyone, only one dosha is dominant. Identifying one’s dosha is essential in determining the most appropriate ayurvedic treatment for a client.

A summary about the three doshas in Ayurveda.

After taking the dosha quiz, I was led upstairs to the (un)dressing room where I was asked to remove all my clothes and put on a piece of undergarment that looks like a g-string. In keeping up with tradition, female clients are handled by female ayurvedic technicians only while male clients are exclusively handled by male ayurvedic technicians.

The dressing room.

During my visit to Arogya I tried an ayurvedic massage called abhyanga. Abyhanga is a full body massage done by not one but two therapists in a synchronized way using large quantity of specifically herbal infused sesame oil for balancing the doshas. Some benefits of abhyanga includes inducing states of relaxation, normalizes blood pressure, helps liquefy toxins, and eliminates impurities. The process of abhyanga conjures images of ancient kings and queens being attended to by two or more servants who caress the skin and bathe their masters in luxurious amount of oils.  I believe I had a glimpse of how royatlies were pampered in ancient times.

The treatment room.

In addition to abhyanga, I also received an aschutan treatment for the eyes. Medicated ghee was applied on both eyes and kept for 10 minutes. This therapy has a cooling effect especially on irritated and stressed eyes and is said to improve overall eye health.

After my relaxing and rejuvenating abhyanga and aschutan treatments, I proceeded to the washroom to take a warm shower to rinse off any excess oil from my skin. I came out of the shower feeling radiant and glowing from the inside out and my skin feeling softer and silkier than before.

Inside the wash room.

Apart from their services, Arogya also offers some ayurvedic products which one can incorporate in their daily lifestyle. I bought a soap and an oil-pulling blend which I adore completely.

I love this soap very much! It’s so soothing to my sensitive skin.
Doing oil-pulling using VCO? You might want to rethink again!  This concoction contains several ayurvedic herbs that work synergestically together to pull out toxins and improve oral health.

Whether you are seeking for just pure relaxation or a serious health  intervention, Arogya offers a wide-range of ayurvedic treatments to suit individual needs.

Arogya Ayurveda Center is located at 8398 Mayapis St., San Antonio Village, Makati City. They are open daily except Mondays. You can contact Arogya at (02) 403 4048 or (0906) 249 2463 . For more information, visit their website: http://www.arogya-manila.com.