By Sadie Whitelocks
After 11 months of hard work, a new video shows a group of weary elephants getting a well-deserved pampering.
The clip sees workers at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary in Kerala, India, scrubbing the animals' tusks, toes and thick skin clean as they lie on their sides in a shallow pool.
Following their restorative therapy session, the elephants are led by chains to a food station where they are fed large balls of nutritious food.
Every year, working elephants across India are given a month off to get them in shape for the next season.
During this time they are bathed, massaged and fed a nutritive diet at specialist spas.
Ingredients on the menu include rice, mung beans, mineral mixtures and vitamin tonics.
Suma Lal, an elephant keeper based at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary, explained the importance of giving the animals a well-earned rest.
'[It\ is done to regain [the elephants\ spent up energy,' he said.
'During the summer season for nearly four to five months the elephants have a hectic time, mainly because of the temple festivals
'So during the monsoon season rejuvenation is needed.'
India's annual elephant rejuvenation period kicked off on Tuesday at the Punnathur Kotta Elephant Sanctuary and will span the month of July.
In total, 51 elephants have checked into the retreat.
Crowds of elephant-lovers also flock each year to witness the event and help out during feeding time. Photos and video.