Starting Your Panchakarma Program
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I begin?
Panchakarma begins with an initial consultation to evaluate your current state of health in order to develop a personalized program to serve your individual needs. At this time you are given a food, herbal and lifestyle regime to start your cleanse, along with scheduling your Panchakarma time.
How many Panchakarma days are scheduled?
3, 5, and 7 day programs are typically scheduled. 10 -14 day programs also possible.
Panchakarma is a series of treatments in which the benefits of detoxification increase with each daily session. If you have longstanding chronic imbalances, then a seven to fourteen day program is highly recommended for deep cleansing of the body’s seven tissues. Three days would be the minimum time to activate cleansing. Many clients often schedule a three day 'weekend cleanse' as a perfect seasonal and affordable tune-up. A single Panchakarma treatment is valuable to totally unwind and relax, but will not activate a deep extended cleanse.
How long are the sessions?
Daily treatments are approximately three hours.
What happens during the Panchakarma session?
Typically, every session includes the following:
Warm herbal oil massage given in tandem by 2 therapists. (Snehana)
~ lubricates macro and micro channels so toxins can be dislodged ~
Extensive massage of cranial area and oiling of ears. (Karna Puran)
~ removes stress, tension, nourishes sensory organs and auditory canals ~
Anointing with rare, pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
~ uplifts mind and senses, oxygenates system and enhances healing ~
Nasal therapy. (Nasya)
~ aids the lubrication and cleansing of nostrils,
strengthens mind and senses ~
Shirodhara. (relaxing stream of warm oil flowing over forehead)
~ helps overcome stress by deeply relaxing the nervous system ~
Herbal Steam Therapy. (Swedana)
~ opens circulatory channels so toxins can be flushed, softens and brightens skin ~
Intestinal Cleansing (Basti)
~ most important elimination therapy which cleanses and nourishes the colon, seat of Vata dosha, which controls all bodily functions ~
Additional protocols may be recommended for particular symptoms:
special eye treatment in which sterilized triphala ghee is gently
poured over eyes to bring relief to dry, aching and tired eyes ~
Kati, Hrid, Nabhi, or Janu Basti
~ localized treatments (sacral area, heart, umbilicus, knees) in which an enclosure of dough is filled with warm medicated oil and left to penetrate for about 20 minutes to relieve pain and nourish tissues ~
Transdermal Marma Point Therapy
~ as developed by Vaidya RK Mishra, extremely subtle and relaxing as highly 'intelligent' transdermal cremes, powerful mantras, and light touch are applied to positively effect and clear vibrational channels called 'nadi-s' ~
~ medicinal herbs, grains, and oils blended into a paste and massaged into skin to cleanse skin, improve circulation and assist weight loss
~ a paste of chickpea flour, turmeric, sandalwood, herbs and aromatic oils is applied on entire body to beautify skin and reduce bodily heat ~
What Panchakarma cleansing protocols are best for me?
After reviewing the information gained during your initial consultation
it becomes clear which protocols will be appropriate for your program. Usually not all five Panchakarma cleansing procedures are given to one person, especially within a week's time. Only those procedures which are most advantageous will be recommended.
How will I feel?
How you feel depends on your current level of health. Many people experience increasing spirals of energy as the week progresses. However, as the body purifies and your nervous system relaxes more deeply, you may experience energy levels fluctuating from day to day. To optimize your special cleansing time, please reduce all external responsibilities so your body-mind can use its vital force for repair and regeneration.
What must I do to prepare for Panchakarma?
At your consultation you will be given many delicious drink and food recipes. These foods are specifically chosen to initiate your cleanse prior to your Panchakarma treatments. By eating these foods, you will begin to alkalize, mineralize and oxygenate your system so that detoxification proceeds easily, making it safe and gentle for your organs of elimination to handle the cleanse. Because Ayurveda understands the importance keeping the mind and emotions happy, the recipes are designed to more than satisfy your palate with delicious flavors, aromas, and textures.
There may be additional preparatory advice given involving herbal supplementation, or certain elimination - enhancing advice to follow as well.
Several options exist for visiting client lodging.
- Most guests arrange to stay at a lovely nearby retreat center called DEVA Foundation which offers different choices from a single private room to whole guest house. All have kitchen facilities. Please see more at www.deva.org
- Numerous hotels, B & B's, casita rentals exist in Santa Fe. The motel closest to your treatment location is The Pecos Trail Inn. Contact at 505- 982-1943.
- Private room in home: as availability allows, one of our staff therapists provides a private room/bath in her home. Contact Ivy for more information: 505-46-7662
Upon request food can be prepared daily during your stay. Provided is one quart of fresh green smoothie and a large pot of recommended Ayurvedic cooked food such as kitcharee, mung dal, etc. Additional charge for food is $30 per day.
- clear the decks of excessive responsibilities which create stress and fatigue.
- follow the nutritional regime
- plan activities that are totally relaxing during your Panchakarma program, such as meditation, gentle yoga, breathing exercises, writing, some reading, easy walks (not hikes!).
To Be Avoided:
- avoid any activity which increases stress, fatigue and exertion: aerobic exercise, sexual activity, overuse of the five senses like excessive reading or tv, computer work, cell phones, talking, loud music, etc..
- recreational drugs, alcohol, cigarettes, junk food, etc..
It is an honor to facilitate this very profound and personal transformation with you. As such, your Panchakarma program is carried out in a private, quiet and loving atmosphere where respect, sensitivity and personalized attention is supported by many years of traditional knowledge and skill. Our intention is to create a sacred space in which your physical, mental and spiritual renewal can occur naturally and gracefully.