Panchakarma and Cleansing
Panchakarma literally means 'Five Actions' and traditionally includes five different treatments used to remove excess dosha and toxins from the body’s tissues and mind, and restore energy flow through the whole body. This ancient Ayurvedic ritual is deeply rejuvenating. It maintains and promotes wellbeing and restores balance in a state of dis-ease. Pain, and discomfort are greatly reduced and might disappear. Panchakarma is recommended during the change of seasons, especially spring and fall, to support life changes, and simply when detoxification is asked for, in chronic and degenerative disease. For health maintenance it is recommended once a year. If you suffer from bad body odor, have a thick tongue coating, have low energy, crave unhealthy foods, have digestive disturbances, too much mucus production, suffer from allergies and sensitivities, your body produces tumors, have trouble gaining or loosing weight, then you are suffering from toxicity in your body and might consider doing panchakarma.
Before these treatments are administered, the body needs to be prepared. This will happen at home, where you will enjoy a quiet time, a simple and wholesome diet, take digestive herbs, and give yourself a daily oil massage. Then you will continue with therapies at Marin Ayurveda, where you will receive a warm herbal oil massage and steam treatment daily to mobilize toxins from your body's tissues. We might complement the protocol with other therapies, depending on your unique needs. The cleansing treatments will be administered as the body shows it is ready. You will receive “virechana” or purgation therapy, “basti” or enema therapy, and “nasya”, nasal therapy. The program might include yoga and meditation, and you will always receive simple, nutritious meals. After all the treatments you will move into a rejuvenation phase, at home, to slowly reintegrate into regular life. This means slowly reintroducing foods you won’t have eaten for a while and activities you haven’t engaged in. You will also be taking some herbal preparations and/or specific foods to build a healthy and strong body and immune system.
You are highly recommended to engage in life as little as you can and rest as much as you can. Panchakarma is a great opportunity to eliminate mental and emotional toxins alongside the physical ones, and this can only be achieved if you allow little stimulation and a lot of time for reflection.
Every day of panchakarma you will receive the following treatments by two therapists:
And one or two of the following:
On the days you receive therapies, we will provide you with simple and nutritious meals.
Benefits of panchakarma
The price for this program is as follows*
Three days: $1,300.00
Five days: $2,050.00
Seven days: $2,800.00
Residential stay is possible for $100 per night.
* A short consultation prior to this retreat will be necessary to determine whether this retreat is suitable for you.
Individual Cleansing Programs*
Based on your specific needs and following the panchakarma protocol, a cleanse can be custom designed for you, and will be supported and guided by Marin Ayurveda via email and telephone.
* A short consultation will be necessary to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for this cleanse.
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Cleansing will remove toxins from your body's tissues, so that your body can heal itself. Toxins (Ayurveda calls them "ama") can take on many forms, and typically are sticky and erosive in quality, obstructing healthy tissue formation.
The main form we recognize is the ama in the digestive system, that comes from poor dietary habits and weak digestion.It blocks the absorption of nutrients, leading to all kinds of deficiencies. It will create imbalance in the bacterial household in the intestines, leading to conditions like candida.
If ama is mixed with a certain dosha, it will take on a certain quality. For example if it is mixed with pitta dosha it will cause irritation and inflammation, often leading to allergic reactions.
Since toxins get reabsorbed through the walls of the colon into the bloodstream, they get distributed all over the body. Typically they land in the "weak spots", where there is a lot of "wear and tear" or where there is genetic predisposition, like joints, where they will cause arthritis, or in the arteries, as plaque, causing atherosclerosis.
Nowadays we also are subject to many environmental toxins, that affect our hormones, our immune system, nervous system, and much more.
Panchakarma is unique in its use of fats (ghee or oils) during the cleansing process, which will bind to fat soluble toxins. In this way it is very effective in removing environmental toxins and heavy metals that hide in the lipid (fat) tissue of the body.