Spa Healer

Dr Mosaraf Ali - London’s celebrity ‘cure-all’ healer opens Asian outpost in Goa.

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What do Kate Moss, Prince Charles, Morgan Freeman, Sylvester Stallone and Andrew Lloyd Webber have in common? They all consult Dr Mosaraf Ali. Dr Ali is famous in high society for his Time Reversal treatments––a medical modality combining the essence of Ayurveda, Unani, marma therapy, yoga and bone-setting. He follows wellness centre openings in London’s Crawford Street and Oman’s Jebel Shams with Ishavilas, a luxury spa in Goa, which opened in February.

Born in India, Dr Ali completed his medical degree in 1980 in Moscow, where he also pursued a postgraduate in acupuncture and practical training in clinical fasting, iridology, medical herbalism and hypnosis at the Russian State Medical University. In 1982, he returned to Delhi for further practical training in Ayurveda, Unani, marma therapy and yoga under eminent physicians. He also opened an Integrated Medical Centre in Delhi in 1983.

“The basic principles of Time Reversal were taken from Kaya Kalpa, an ancient Indian rejuvenation therapy taught to me by my late master,” Dr Ali says. Kaya Kalpa is a healing technique that was used in India for thousands of years by religious healers to rejuvenate and prolong longevity to royalty and holy sages. Kaya Kalpa treatments reverse the effects of time and regenerate the entire body and mind.

But it was only when Dr Ali moved to London in 1991 when the medical maverick became prolific and well known. He wrote eight healthcare books, a health column in UK’s Daily Mail Sunday edition for five years, trained British doctors in integrated healthcare and spoke during a UN General Assembly for Innovations. He soon started receiving appointment requests from British high society and Hollywood celebs. “Dr Ali tells you everything about your symptoms that you don’t want to hear, then how they came about, then he cures them,” a testimonial from Andrew Lloyd Webber on the doctor’s website testifies.

While Time Reversal treatment relies heavily on bodywork techniques such as marma, a touch therapy from Kerala that is said to be the predecessor to acupressure, don’t expect the relaxation you would find at a spa. Marma involves putting pressure on meridian points using the fingertips and elbows, and an hour-long session can be downright excruciating, but invigorating and completely worth the pain! Dr Ali has helped patients with digestive problems, rheumatoid arthritis and stroke victims suffering paralysis.

Dr Ali’s latest wellness centre, Ishavilas, is set in a centuries-old Indo-Portuguese villa and exudes the charm of an old Indian palace. There’s a bungalow with three luxury suites, two standalone cottages with treatment rooms, and an outdoor yoga deck; you’ll find them all nestled amid Goa’s natural tropical grandeur. 

Writer Nolan Lewis