What is Panchakarma, Detoxification, Rejuvenation & Healing
Panchakarma: Panchakarma (PK) in Sanskrit means “five treatments or actions.
Therefore, the process is a five-fold individualized therapy to ultimately detoxify the body, rejuvenate the tissues, strengthen the immune system, and restore balance, health and well-being. Ayurveda believes that the body has an innate ability to detoxify and rejuvenate itself and heal. However, factors such as poor lifestyle choices, diet, and genetic predisposition make it difficult for the body to do what it is designed to do. In PK, the tissues are detoxified very deeply to remove accumulated toxins. These toxins are sticky, bad-smelling and harmful waste matter in the body responsible for formation of diseases. Panchakarma removes them from the organ systems to protect the body from disease formation or clear diseases out the stomach, intestines, lungs, bladder, sweat glands, kidney, liver, joints, heart and other organs or bodily systems. It also clears painful emotions or memories held in the subconscious; often manifest as depression, sadness, anxiety, fear, anger, or worry.
About This Panchakarma (PK) and Healing Retreat Location
Overview: The Ayurvedic Retreat location is nestled on a 1000 of rubber plantations on the Border of Southern Kerala and Tamilnadu; surrounded by Lakes and pristine countryside far from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The retreat site is equipped with several cottages, private plunge pool, outdoor shower, outdoor jacuzzi and verandas. The property is surrounded by natural beauty landscaped to create an environment of peace and healing; nearby walking/hiking trails, organic gardens, cattles and horses. The treatment rooms are spacious, airy and bright. You can enjoy the pristine scenic view of the lake from the treatment room. Traditional Ayurvedic practitioners believe that Ayurvedic treatments are best performed around calm waters. Panchakarma is offered in sequence of 7, 14, 21-day session for detoxification and rejuvenation. Chronic diseases such as diabetes, hepatitis, arthritis and others require 28-day of PK for optimal benefit. Ayurvedic meal plans will be tailor-made as prescribed by your ayurvedic doctor, taking into consideration your body constitutional needs. A separate restaurant serving non-ayurvedic foods such as: North/South Indian, Continental and Oriental cuisine is accessible to all guests not in panchakarma. You will explore the most beautiful beaches, tropical rivers, backwaters, lakes, while being nestled in a serene retreat center surrounded by lush greenery. Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian Peninsula offers a great opportunity to experience the tradition and cultures of both the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. In Kanyakurami where the 3 oceans converge, there’s a confluence of culture, tradition, religion and craft. You will visit the Vivekananda rock memorial, the Devi temple and its shop line streets, and watching sunset and sunrise on the ocean.
Yoga: Yoga and Ayurveda share common philosophy and practice, and is an integral part of Panchakarma and Spiritual Healing. The spiritual practice of yoga is to obtain balance through sequence of poses or vinyasas while incorporating breathing techniques and meditation are essential for mind-body healing.
Spiritual Healing: Authentic ancient Sufi practices suitable for all faiths invite you to let go of deep seated anger, fear, anxiety, worries, emotional pain, heartbreaks, and other spiritual/physical imbalance such as: chronic fatigue, depression, despair, family and relationships issues, and financial concerns holding you back or preventing you from moving forward in your spiritual journey. The Sufis believe that all healing happens through the heart and under Divine guidance, you can learn to open your heart to forgiveness, love, mercy, compassion, and peace, allowing for profound physical and emotional healing. Your unique experience is to be nourished and restored by the Ocean of Divine Love and Mercy. During panchakarma, a series of group and individual healings will be offered to you as a holy opportunity to experience greater intimacy with the Divine and reintegrate real love into the heart. The practices and teaching tend to take on a theme relevant to the soul journey of all participants, reflecting on Divine qualities of Love, Compassion, Happiness, Hope, Forgiveness, Peace, Mercy, Security, Trust, Surrender and more. In this 14 or 21-day panchakarma and detoxification retreat, healing the outer is as important as the inner. During and after the retreat, you will feel a deeper connection with yourself, your loved ones and your Creator. You will be equipped with skills and practices to help you continue to unfold Divine Essence.
Why is Panchakarma Needed?
Toxins or ama are the result of undigested food deposited within the organs and the channels, improper lifestyle, long standing emotions such as lingering sadness, anger, guilt, fear and worries can be more debilitating than it is for people with physical problems. When the toxins accumulate in the body, they block the flow of energy, nourishment and information throughout the system. These build-up of toxins, according to Ayurveda are the underlying cause of all diseases if they are not eliminated through process of detoxification and purification. Commonly seen, in metabolic diseases, high cholesterol and the accumulation of saturated fat in the body tissues over time block the flow of energy, lymphatic and blood vessels, and eventuality cause chronic diseases or even heart attacks. With nutrition, this can be prevented by the consumption of a well-balanced Sattvic diet, following a lifestyle suitable for your unique body constitution, and cleanse periodically. Panchakarma is the best natural therapy that detoxifies, nourishes and restores the body’s inner/outer equilibrium and vitality to help maintain good health and well-being.
Who Needs Panchakarma?
Panchakarma therapy is for everyone! To maintain good health and balance, the human body needs the same attention that we give to our cars: frequent maintenance check, oil change and tune up to improve performance, and maintain the inner and the outer beauty of the vehicle. The purification process of panchakarma is a way of cleansing and purifying the body from internal toxins and improve cellular function. When the body is out of balance, the following changes may be noted: tiredness, or extreme fatigue, changes in appetite and sleep patterns, depression, emotional stress, migraine/headache, skin problems/acne, acid reflux, aches/pain, weight gain, and other symptoms. If you notice any of these symptoms or have specific health conditions, then Panchakarma is right for you!
Who Should Avoid Panchakarma?
As previously mentioned, everyone should undergo panchakarma. It is recommended for both healthy or unhealthy individuals. Should you experience the following conditions: pregnancy, active infectious disease, postoperative, post chemotherapy, during lactation, anorexia or morbidly obese, congestive heart failure, severe hypertension, and certain cancers, and debilitated panchakarma may not be best suited for you due to the intensity of some treatments.
What to expect During the Therapy?
Prior to and during panchakarma, a strict diet and lifestyle is to be followed throughout various stages of treatment. This is to bring back the AGNI (Digestive fire) to its normal levels of functioning. Ayurvedic herbal based medicines are administered to rejuvenate the body or to treat the diseases, if any. During different phases of panchakarma, these restrictions are to be observed:
Avoid exposure to extreme temperature, both internally and externally
Avoid loud noise & stress.
Rest when tired
Avoid suppression of natural urges such as crying, sneezing, coughing, micturition, and bowel movements.
Avoid staying up late at night.
Avoid difficult to digest or indigestible foods.
Avoid strenuous exercise.
Panchakarma treatment is different from person to person. It is catered to individuals and varies according to your innate body constitution, strength, age, immunity levels, health conditions or imbalance, digestive fire, and many other factors. After consultation with an ayurvedic physician, the proper treatment will be prescribed for you; all or part of five therapy methods may be used. Panchakarma is a very relaxed and soothing therapy where the body is being massaged or bathed in oil. However, there can be phases of discomfort and surge of emotions when toxins are being released; a process called “Healing Crisis”.
The Healing Crises: A healing crisis may occur when a large quantity of toxins which have been locked in the tissues for years are released into the system for elimination. As these toxins are expelled, you may experience agitation, high emotions or mood swings, insomnia, heaviness, aching or general discomfort and flu-like symptoms. You may also develop a feverish feeling, which is your body’s way of burning up toxic waste. Do not be alarmed, this is both a natural and necessary part of cleansing.
What are the 5 Actions of Panchakarma?
Before starting the panchakarma elimination procedures, your body will be prepped with oleation and fomentation. Oleation involves saturating the body with medicated oil or ghee via external and internal route to loosen up the toxins in the tissues, to soften and break up the accumulated doshas. The fomentation process liquifies and releases those toxins through sweating; a process called swedana. After the body is treated with internal and external oleation, and fomentation for a few days, the five actions of PK begins; they are:
1). Vamana: After oleation and fomentation, the liquified toxins gather up in the chest. Emetic medicine is given to induce vomiting to clear the toxins from the tissues. It is a process that works best to remove kapha out of the body. Some of the Kapha imbalance manifest as: asthma, weight gain/obesity, diabetes, phlegm build up in the chest and...
2). Virechana: In this procedure, the toxins are released by cleansing the bowels after oleation and fomentation. Herbal laxative is administered to cleanse the bowels and free up the toxins. This works best for Pitta imbalance manifesting as gastritis, colitis, hyperacidity and …
3). Basti: Basti involves the administration of medicated herbal decoction, oils, milk or ghee into the rectum to cleanse and purge the toxins out. This is a therapy for chronic and more complex diseases, Vata or other dosha imbalance causing: constipation, piles, arthritis, gas, and bloating/flatulence.
4). Nasya: An effective therapy to clear the head and neck regions. The head and neck are gently massaged at the beginning of the treatment. Then drops of medicated oil are dispensed into the nostrils to clear up the entire head and neck to relieve neurological disorders, migraine/headaches, allergies, sinusitis, chronic rhinitis, respiratory disorders, and hair problems.
5). Raktamoksha: This therapy cleanses the blood or any disease caused by impure blood. It can be done in localized area of the body or systemically. This procedure is beneficial and recommended for skin diseases such as: hyper/hypopigmentation, eczema, psoriasis, abscesses and local skin lesions.
Types of Oleation or Oil Treatment in Panchakarma May Include:
Abhyanga: Is a medicated oil massage customized to body type to soften toxins in superficial level or in deep tissues, detoxify, nourish and revitalize the nervous system.
Pizichili: Is a continuous stream of warm medicated oil soothingly poured over the body by two Ayurvedic therapists as they massage the body in perfect unison. The warmth of the oil and synchronicity of the massage combine for a deep tissue cleansing while supporting a heightened state of awareness.
Sirodhara: Is the pouring of oil, milk or medicated liquid over the forehead; beneficial in management of anxiety or nervous disorders, hypertension, insomnia, facial paralysis, chronic headache, sinusitis and etc.
Udvartana: Ayurvedic herbal massage specially done for weight loss and to deeply revitalize the central nervous system.
Swedana: Is an herbal steam bath during which the head is not directly exposes to the heat. The body is heated to remove mental, emotional and physical toxins lodged deeply within the tissues. This is done by placing the body, except the head in a therapeutic steam chamber to generate sweating without overheating and stressing the body tissues.
Pinda Swedana: Is a deep cleansing treatment where rice is boiled in milk and herbs used to massage the tissues and joints. The treatment is deeply relaxing and rejuvenating as well as powerfully detoxifying; beneficial in neurological disorders and management of aches/pain.
Tarpanam: Beneficial for those with any form of ocular impairment.
Kati Basti: Ideal for those suffering from back pain.
Janu Basti: Ideal for those suffering from knee pain or arthritis.
Uro Basti: Recommended for those suffering from chest pain.
Netra Basti: Treatment designed to improve eye sight, manage glaucoma, cataracts, and other eye disorder.
Marma therapy: Is mild or light stimulation of energetic points in the body to promote healing.
What are the Benefits of Panchakarma:
Helps restore digestive and metabolic power (AGNI), eliminates toxins and strengthens the function of body tissues.
It balances all three body constitutions or doshas
Slows the aging process
Reduces stress and promotes relaxation
Eliminates the root cause of disease
Increases immunity, and improves vitality and energy level
Improves relaxation, and reduces stress, anxiety and insomnia
Improves mental clarity, awareness and ability to forgive
Improves skin complexion and luster
Increases joint mobility
Promotes weight loss
Reduces tobacco, drug and alcohol dependency
How to Maximize Your Retreat
The Panchakarma and Spiritual Healing Retreat is an incredible opportunity to journey into yourself and release everything which stagnates within you emotionally and physically. During your retreat, you will be in an environment dedicated to alleviating all stress and providing you with the most peaceful environment to help you let go... This will enable a deeper release of toxins, emotions from painful memories (conscious or unconscious ones), letting go of old behavior patterns, allowing yourself to be renewed. In silence, you can hear your inner voice and feel more connected with yourself and the Divine within.
14-Day Panchakarma: Departing January 26th - February 10th, 2018 ($4,300.00 Single or $4,100.00 Double Occupancy).
21-Day Panchakarma: Departing January 26th - February 18th, 2018 Cost: $4,900.00 Single Occupancy or $4,500.00 Double Occupancy
Airport Departing from: New York (JFK), Fort.Lauderdale (FLL) or Miami (MIA), San Francisco (FSO), Dallas (DFW), or Chicago (ORD).
Registration Deadline: December 15th, 2017 and Must pay in Full.
What’s Included in the Panchakarma Package? – it is All Inclusive!!!
Roundtrip airfare departing from New York (JFK); Dallas, Tx (DFW); Atlanta, GA (ATL), Fort. Lauderdale, FL (FLL) or Miami (MIA), Chicago O’hare, IL (ORD).
Two-way transportation to and from the airport in India.
Lodging: single or double occupancy
Three Ayurvedic meals/day: breakfast, lunch & dinner, Ayurvedic Meal Plans as advised by the Ayurveda physician.
Consultation with an Ayurvedic physician to determine body constitution type, preparation of individual diet and treatment plan.
Daily: yoga/meditation and spiritual practices by the lake
Panchakarma Treatments: will be catered to individuals after consultation. All the treatments are done by well qualified therapists and tailored to meet the needs of the individual.
Excursions (Local): One-time field trip in the vicinity; Padmanabhapuram Palace (largest wooden palace in India), and a Tour at The Rubber Plantation.
Other Inclusive Excursions: Kanyakumari Vivekananda Memorial where the 3 oceans converge, and a sunset cruise on the backwaters.
Access to the outdoor pool with sun loungers and parasols
Time for rest, contemplation and writing
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Ø Rates may increase or decrease subject to change in taxes at any time as per Indian Central & State government tax notifications.
Ø Rates provided do not include any internal medicines, which may be prescribed or to treat pre-existing conditions.
Ø 15% discount on Laundry
Dr. Alda Sainfort
Tel: 954-900-1535 - www.AhwCenter.com
Information on how to obtain, or renew your passport and getting a visa will be provided after you register. Thank you
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