America’s Premiere Ayurvedic Health Center
for Full Life Transformation

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“After two days of panchakarma plus daily yoga, I felt I'd entered the uncharted zones beyond relaxation—and could easily get used to the feeling.”

“One of the seven recommended Ayurveda Health Centers in the U.S.A.”

"The Raj is truly a place to regain a radiant state of health, spiritual well-being, and youthfulness."

"One of the four recommended silent/meditative retreats."

"The center is both an enlightening and a therapeutic experience for those who are seeking a better understanding of their body and metabolism."

"By my second day, I began to notice that tension and imbalance seemed to be lifted from my body. I felt renewed, refreshed, with a clearer peace of mind, and it was like nothing I've felt before."

"One of the top seven destination spas capable of customizing an intimate, personalized spa experience that meets individual health goals."

With so many options, why choose The Raj?

Our goal during your stay is to help you progress toward balanced health and to give you the knowledge and tools you need to enjoy continued improvement when you return home
  • Boutique Experience

    For 25 years The Raj has led the field in Ayurveda treatments. By accepting only 15 guests at a time, The Raj maintains the highest quality of individualized service and treatment.

  • Individualized Treatments

    The Raj Ayurvedic experts will design a specialized treatment program just for you—including customized oils and herbs for your spa therapies that best restore balance and vitality.

Our Holistic Health Programs

Restore balance and reawaken your body's natural healing intelligence
Testimonials

My body is no longer in pain with bursitis and arthritis, and my insomnia is less severe, much better. I feel I have been given tools to be better spiritually, mentally, and physically.

N.V.

My blood pressure took a drastic drop. No more blood shot eyes. Lost 6 pounds, and gained flexibility. All in all I feel good: that was my goal and I achieved it! Thank you.

Chad

After a week of treatments at The Raj I am leaving with deeper emotional calm, increased mental clarity, and freedom from physical aches and pains. The program is amazing – it allows the body’s inner intelligence to begin the process of healing.

Nealy Johnston

During and after The Raj treatments, I felt a “rebirth” in body, mind, emotions and spirit. The expert care and nurturing at The Raj facilitated the deep restoration, rejuvenation and healing that I need every year for me to be able to give my best to my family and private practice.

Karen K.

I came here feeling weak and a bit depressed. The Raj treatments have created lightness in mind and body, greater hope for the future, and a positive attitude— in just 5 days!

Bruce C.

I feel better. My breathing is significantly better and my diabetic neuropathy has considerably lessened. I feel rested and lighter in my moods and my body. I had a really good experience at The Raj.

Lauretta F.

My digestion has improved tremendously. I gained the knowledge of what, when and how to eat to balance my body and mind. I will be returning!

Hannah W.

Each visit to The Raj has seen improvements to my overall health and well-being. I am less affected by stress at work, have fewer headaches, and in general have more resilience and more stamina. I feel have been given the information and tools to carry back into my life to improve my life.

Deb

Frequently Asked Questions

Ayurveda is the world’s longest continually practiced medical science. Developed in India over 6,000 years ago. Ayurveda (which translates as “knowledge of life”) is a natural approach to creating balance and strengthening the body’s natural healing ability. Ayurveda is acknowledged by the World Health Organization and is growing in its global use as one of the most effective systems of natural health.

Twenty years ago, Ayurveda was almost unknown outside of India. Due to centuries of foreign domination, the comprehensive knowledge of Ayurveda in India had become fragmented and lost. Working together with the foremost Ayurveda experts in India, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of the Transcendental Meditation program (TM), systematized and restored Ayurveda to its most complete and integrated form, known as Maharishi Ayurveda. The ultimate goal of Maharishi Ayurveda is to promote balanced health by enlivening the inner intelligence of the body and strengthening its natural healing ability.

Ayurveda was the first system of medicine to recognize the concept of individual mind/body types. It holds that everyone is born with their own natural balance which influences all aspects of their life, including body structure, emotional makeup and predisposition to illnesses. Without understanding one’s unique natural balance you may unknowingly create imbalances by following a life-style that puts strain your mind/body system.

Ayurveda holds that disease is primarily the result of imbalances and impurities that accumulate in the body over time. The specialty of Ayurveda is in diagnosing imbalances at an early stage—before symptoms of disease arise—eliminating those imbalances from the body, and teaching each person how to live a healthy, balanced life, according to their unique mind/body makeup.

Over the last 20 years, Ayurvedic spas and treatments have become increasingly popular. Many spas mix Ayurveda treatments with other kinds of massage and new age techniques, creating a pick-and-choose approach to relaxation and wellness. The Raj Ayuveda Health Spa offers only authentic Ayurveda modalities. Because all of our programs are based on one comprehensive system of health care, each step supports every other step to accelerate your experience of increasing vitality and well-being.

All of the programs at The Raj are authenticated by a council of top Ayurveda experts from India,  in conjunction with medial doctors, who refer to the original classic texts in verifying every step of every procedure that is then offered to our guests. This maintains the highest level of integrity in all of the treatment programs.

According to Ayurveda, disorders are primarily the result of imbalances and toxins that accumulate in the body over time. Impurities caused by poor diet, weak digestion, stress, environmental toxins, and other factors can build up in our cells, joints, and tissues, inhibiting optimal functioning. 

The programs at The Raj are designed to address the root cause of disorders, instead of simply focusing on the relief of specific symptoms. Our Ayurvedic detoxification treatments help to dislodge impurities from the cells and tissues and flush them from the body. In addition to removing years of accumulated blockages, our therapies help improve metabolism and enliven the inner intelligence of the body, stimulating the body’s remarkable capacity for self-repair. 

One of the basic tenets of Ayurveda is that we are all unique. Even if two people share the same disorder, symptoms can differ markedly from one person to another. During your initial consultation, our Ayurvedic experts will use the traditional technique of Pulse Assessment to determine how far you have moved from your ideal state of balance. As our experts gain an understanding of your individual nature, level of imbalance, and specific symptoms, a customized treatment program can be created to address your individual needs.

Our purifying treatments do more than detoxify: they help nourish the body’s tissues, reduce inflammation, support improved metabolism and remove harmful fat-soluble environmental toxins. It is not surprising that guests leave The Raj feeling revitalized, with many showing an immediate decrease in physical symptoms as well as an increase in well being.

Because The Raj treatments target the root cause of disorders and effect changes in the fundamental functioning of the body, results can last a life-time.

Our Ayurvedic programs are designed to do more than just remove deeply imbedded impurities; they also help improve digestion and metabolism, thus eliminating the creation of future metabolic toxins. A strong digestion allows for the formation of pure nutrient plasma, which can more easily nourish the physiology and enhance the body’s natural purification mechanisms. Many guests find that the results of their stay really blossom a week after they return home, and that their progress continues to grow.

Ultimately the success of your treatment program at The Raj depends on your commitment to change, including following both the pre-visit diet and the recommendations that our experts suggest for you when you return home.

The week or two after Panchakarma is a very critical time. Even though you have stopped enjoying daily massages and therapies, your body continues to function in a detoxification mode. All of the channels of the body have been opened and impurities are still being pushed out. The kidney and liver are still processing impurities for elimination. Therefore, remaining on a light diet and supporting the body’s detox mode will allow for maximum effects to be experienced.

No two people are alike and no two physiologies are alike. In addition, factors such as stress, diet, environment, the quality of one’s digestion, and the quality of one’s sleep can influence the strength of your immune system and your ability to maintain a healthy balance.

Follow-up consultations can be helpful in adjusting our going-home recommendations as changes occur in your health condition.

Published research on The Raj detoxification procedures found that fat-soluble toxicants were reduced by about 50% over a 5-day course of treatment. This was the first time it had been shown that a specific detoxification regimen could significantly reduce levels of lipophilic toxicants in the blood. Lipophilic toxicants are environmental chemicals that are fat-soluble. They have been associated with numerous health concerns, including diabetes, obesity, heart disease, reproductive disorders and cancer.

The results of a two-month longitudinal study showed that PCBs and Beta-HCH levels were reduced by 46 percent and 58 percent respectively after 5-days of treatment. Without our treatments, the expected drop in PCBs and Beta-HCH over two months would be only a fraction of one percent. No other method has been scientifically verified to reduce levels of these lipid-soluble toxicants in the human body without causing negative side effects.

“Our findings were quite striking, given that the half-lives of these toxicants are all several years in duration, and that this comprehensive detoxification procedure removed them in just a few days,” noted Dr. Robert Herron, lead scientist on the study.

How does this work?
Lipophilic toxicants get stored in the fatty tissues in the body, as well as in the lipid layers that surround all our cells. Several steps in our detoxification procedures use organic, lipophilic materials, such as clarified butter in the pre-treatment phase and/or herbalized oils in the massage and basti treatments. These pure oils help to sequentially loosen and remove lipid-soluble toxicants and carry them to the digestive tract, where they can be eliminated.

The traditional Ayurvedic purification treatments, called “Panchakarma”, are at the heart of The Raj treatment approach. This series of therapies act in a synergistic way to cleanse the entire body, removing deeply embedded toxins and restoring a healthy balance. These treatments have been shown to effectively remove toxins stored in fat, something conventional spa treatments and cleanses are not able to do.

While colonics and normal detox programs can remove water-soluble toxins, only Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments have been shown to remove fat-soluble toxins, such as DDT, PCBs and dioxins —the most dangerous class of environmental toxins.

The Raj is located in America’s heartland, 5 hours west of Chicago, in pastoral countryside surrounded by rolling hills, woods, ponds and fields. The natural silence and distance from the hustle and bustle of city life allows guests to unhook from their busy lives and commitments and switch their focus to their own health and happiness. You are likely to see deer amble past the dining room, hear pheasants crowing in the morning and watch breathtaking sunsets across our pond. Because your room, spa treatments, dining and classes are all contained within The Raj’s main building, all four seasons provide their own delight, from changing colors in the fall, snow-covered pines in the winter, flowering trees in the spring and a luxurious expanse of green in the summer.

Your Individualized Healing Experience

All of our guests arrive with a personal set of health and wellness goals. Our caring staff is committed to helping you achieve success through a program customized to address your needs—from alleviating debilitating symptoms of chronic disorders to creating a life-style plan that will support increasing health and vitality. Relax and enjoy while our highly trained staff guide you through your transformative experience.

Our packages range from 3-day to 21-day stays. During your initial consultation, our experts will design a program that targets your specific health needs, including the conditions noted below:

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