A knowledgeable, creative and highly skilled spa and wellness professional, Dr. Maneesh Damodharan is the wellness director at The Retreat Costa Rica’s luxurious healing center and spa, Vida Mia Spa.
With over 10 years of experience in global wellness concepts, Damodharan is originally from Kerala, India, the birthplace of Ayurvedic medicine. His affinity for holistic medicine began in childhood when his father sparked an enduring interest in a naturopathic lifestyle. “My father was knowledgeable and experienced in traditional healing techniques, so I was lucky to learn about the importance of alternative medicine and its influence on one’s health at a very young age,” he explains.
Later, he pursued his passion through higher education, earning a Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in India.
Adopting an integrated and customized approach to wellness, he has extensive knowledge of naturopathy, Ayurveda, nutrition/dietetics, hydrotherapy, mud therapy, acupuncture, acupressure, yoga and psychology– and has worked as a spa and wellness professional at leading global hospitality brands including The Zuri White Sands in Goa, India, and the InterContinental Chennai Mahabalipuram Resort in Tamil Nadu, India.
“A balanced diet, proper exercise and adequate sleep lead to body-mind synergy – the ultimate key to health and wellbeing of an individual,” Damodharan says. I am honored to share my knowledge and skills, which combine Western and Asian modalities and provide true integrated wellness to The Retreat at Costa Rica guests"