Day 1 of Panchakarma: Sunita has spoken with you in depth about your goals and needs that you are trying to meet throughout the week. She makes a special Ghee just for you; today she is making Ghee augmented with the Amruta vine. Amruta is a Sanskrit word meaning Potion of Immortality; it strives to enhance what is good within you so that it may live on and be stronger, unhindered by whatever might be misbehaving.
Before taking the Ghee you have a session with your therapist for an Abhyanga (warm oil massage) & Steam, which by itself will increase your circulation and improve your body's ability to eliminate impurities. Today it is combined with a Kati Basti and Karna Pooran (oil in the ears). The Kati Basti concentrates the benefits of warm oil deep into your lower back, relieving an tension, and the Karna Pooran will pull all of the worries and tension right out of your head. Together these balance your Chakras system and restore your inner calm.
Day 2 of Panchakarma: Each consecutive day you receive an Abhyanga allows the oils to penetrate deeper into your lymphatic system. The same is true with the medicated Ghee you are taking after your sessions. As your body becomes increasingly relaxed and oleated inside and out, the easier it is for your body to surrender the waste it is struggling to get rid of into the oil so that it can be more easily eliminated by your body's natural processes.
We compliment this process today with the Netra Basti, deeply oleating the eyes, where you will find some of the hardest working muscles in our bodies; even when you're asleep your eyes aren't completely still or fully relaxed. During the Netra Basti we make a warm bed for your eyes to rest in, giving them reprieve from their constant search for information to just be calm. Any tension that might be left in your head after receiving Karna Pooran will be lessened even further as you counter the strain from sunlight and screens, slowing the natural degeneration process of your eyes, nourishing and even regenerating healthier optic nerve tissues.
Day 3 of Panchakarma: You will be having another Abhyanga today, but it won't be on a regular massage table, it will be on the Droni: the traditional massage table of Ayurveda. This very special table was made in India from Neem wood. Every part of the Neem Tree is used in Ayurveda for its bitter detoxifying qualities and also its natural antiseptic properties for generations.
Your third consecutive Abhyanga massage is penetrating even deeper into your system by utilizing the firm surface of the Droni; as your therapist applies pressure down, the table mirrors that pressure upwards giving both sides of your body a massage simultaneously.
We are really starting to stir things up today so we will ask you to remain on the table after your massage and follow a guided meditation, the Yoga Nidra, to keep your body completely relaxed and open to the changes that are taking place in your inner ecosystem.
This will most likely be the last day of taking your medicated ghee. Sunita will check on your progress and possibly add a fourth day if your intestinal tract hasn't become fully coated yet.
Day 4 of Panchakarma: This time your Abhyanga will be done by four hands instead of two; a pair of therapists will be working on you in perfect synchronicity. We are trying to work the oil deeper and deeper into your system and today we literally double our efforts.
Instead of following the massage with steam, today the heat will come from Pindas and Hot Stones. Your therapists will massage both of your arms or legs at the same time with warm oil, then hot stones, as well as your back and stomach. The stones hold a more intense heat that is quick to cool.
The Pindas are made of rice cooked with milk and the herb Bala, which translates to Strength. We are trying all this week to remove that which is making you weaker, but we also want to nourish you and replace it with that which will make you stronger. The Pindas are warmed in Dashmoola Tea and then pressed, rolled and lightly pounded around the more sensitive areas of your body like along the spine to calm and nourish the millions of nerve endings there. This process is so helpful to releasing deeply seated toxic emotions.
Day 5 of Panchakarma: We have stirred up everything unpleasant in you and you might be feeling a little uncomfortable or emotional today, but here is the positive side; we are going to help you release it now.
Your fifth consecutive abhyanga will be accompanied today by an Udar Basti. The goal of your Abhyanga today is to take all of the toxins that we have been loosening and binding to the oils and ghee during the week and move it towards your gut. The Udar Basti is placed on your stomach to help in making everything in your gut slippery so that it may be passed easily.
We send you home with all of the supplies you need to complete the cleanse in the comfort of your home, including a bag of turmeric popcorn for you to snack on.
The weekend is your time to rest and release, and we will see you on Monday for the final day of Panchakarma!
Day 8 of Panchakarma: Today we will draw the curtains of your cleanse; physically, emotionally and spiritually. This past week you may be thinking of things you thought you had put away, you may have felt injuries that you thought had healed, but by allowing us to open you up to yourself, channels may open that you had tried to keep closed.
Over the weekend you eliminated all of the physical toxins we collected and bound together with Ghee and warm oils, but what about the emotional toxicity that we might have brought out of hiding?
These things don't go away by forgetting, they manifest themselves in a myriad of ways until we hold them up and acknowledge them and honor ourselves for our progress. But then what? Today we will help you to wash it all away.
Shirodhara (shiro:head, dhara:flow) is a treatment that on its own calms and quiets your mind to put you in a state similar to meditation. The warm oil pouring across your third eye creates a precise pressure and vibration that calms anxiety and insecurity that manifests with excess Vata, or the irritability and frustration that manifests with excess Pitta, or the heaviness and dullness of excess Kapha.
Shirodhara done at the end of Panchakarma is how we flush all of the channels we worked so hard to open up over the past 8 days and gently close them, hitting your reset button.