Pancha Karma is the most effective healing modality in Ayurveda. Many of us are familiar with cleanses in the West, but an Ayurvedic cleanse is based on different principles than our usual ideas of cleansing and fasting with juices and highly marketed super foods. Even if you have a wonderful diet, a seasonal cleanse helps to keep you strong and balanced.
Pancha Karma is used seasonally or when you feel out of balance, from travel, work, poor diet, or other accumulated stresses.
An individualized cleanse can be very supportive, even if you have to carry on with daily tasks. The cleanse is most effective with a few days that are less hectic, where you can really deepen the practice.
When I lead Ayurvedic cleanses, you can choose your level of commitment, from a mono-diet, with supportive herbs and cleansing routines, to full Pancha Karma, the five actions or treatments that include Shirodhara, Abhyanga, Svedana, Nasya, and specific oil Bastis for your constitution and needs.
Pancha Karma reverses the degenerative process quickly and it’s effects are lasting and profound. Ayurvedic cleansing uses a combination of massage, balancing herbal oils, mono diet, special foods, mild fasting and colon therapies to rid the body of accumulated toxins. This works by stimulating the liver and digestive organs.
The length of Pancha Karma cleanse depends on your needs, practice and availability. It is a three fold process which includes the preparation of the body, Purva Karma, the actual five cleansing therapies, Pancha Karma, and the reintroduction of food, Samsarjana Karma.
I guide you daily through this cleanse, making adjustments as necessary, so that you receive the full benefits of this experience.
Please contact me for further information on planning your Ayurvedic cleanse.
The purpose of a consultation is to support, educate and guide you with daily practices. Examples of healing modalities may include food programs, customized herbal formulas, and lifestyle adjustments. Further suggestions will be added such as asana, pranayama and meditation, as well as other subtle therapies including sound, color and aromatherapy.
This initial appointment is a thorough intake of information including health history, concerns and an assessment of your doshic balance (prakruti) and imbalance (vikruti).
After careful assessment of the above information, this appointment will be used to explain your constitution and your current imbalances. I will provide a detailed individualized program with customized herbal formulas to support your healing journey.
These visits are recommended every two weeks to begin with. We will review and assess your last visit and integrate further recommendations as needed. (This appointment is about 1 hour). Further suggestions may include asana, pranayama and meditation as well as other subtle therapies including sound, color and aromatherapy.
Your customized herbal formulas are made from organic, sustainable, ecologically friendly and wildcrafted herbal collections.
(This appointment is about 1 hour)
Shirodhara : Golden Thread of Peace
Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that feels so good, it is also called “bliss therapy!”
Shirodhara is a shamana treatment, often prescribed during the rasayana rejuvenation period after pancha karma (the traditional Ayurvedic five actions of detoxification), or any time calming and re-integrating the nervous system is a top priority.
In Sanskrit, shiro means “head;” dhara means “thread” or “flow.’’ To undergo shirodhara is to receive an ever-flowing stream of warm, herbal oils onto one’s forehead, in alternating patterns which is very similar to deep meditation.
The sublime experience of Shirodhara may lie beyond the grasp of language! The treatment brings a complete feeling of relaxation and an effortless return to a sense of Self. One observes signs of deep relaxation, such as deepened breathing, released muscle tension, and improved circulation.
Ayurvedic texts state that Shirodhara activates the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, opens the 6th and 7th chakras, heightens the senses and increases faith, intuition and overall spiritual awareness. Traditionally, Shirodhara has been applied to treat insomnia, memory loss, headaches, mental tension (anxiety, worry, stress), ADD, TMJ, exhaustion, emotional imbalance, various disorders of the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and nervous system, and certain skin diseases.
Deeply stress-relieving, Shirodhara nourishes and calms the nervous system, cleanses the mind and senses of impressions, improves mental clarity and cognition.
Abhyanga is a friction-based, choreographed massage utilizing warm dosha-specific herbalized oils. These hand made oils are massaged into the skin through gentle to medium strokes, and penetrates deep into the tissues to loosen toxins, improve circulation, and creates wonderful relaxation.This treatment is followed by dry brushing (garshana), and herbalized detoxifying body wrap..
The Sanskrit word Sneha can be translated as both “oil” and “love.” and leaves a deep feeling of stability and warmth. This practice restores the balance of the doshas and enhances well-being and longevity. Regular Abyanga is especially grounding and relaxing for Vata dosha imbalances, but everyone can benefit from this practice.
“The body of one who uses oil massage regularly does not become affected much even if subjected to accidental injuries, or strenuous work. By using oil massage daily, a person is endowed with pleasant touch, trimmed body parts and becomes strong, charming and least affected by old age”
Charaka Samhita Vol. 1, V: 88-89
(One of the Great ancient texts of Ayurveda)
Benefits of Abhyanga
- Nourishes the entire body—decreases the effects of aging
- Imparts muscle tone and vigor to the dhatus (tissues) of the body
- Imparts a firmness to the limbs
- Lubricates the joints
- Increases circulation
- Stimulates the internal organs of the body
- Assists in elimination of impurities from the body
- Moves the lymph, aiding in detoxification
- Increases stamina
- Calms the nerves
- Benefits sleep—better, deeper sleep
- Enhances vision
- Makes hair (scalp) grow luxuriantly, thick, soft and glossy
- Softens and smoothens skin; wrinkles are reduced and disappear
- Pacifies Vata and Pitta and stimulates Kapha