Panchakarma is recommended seasonally for everyone by the classical texts of Ayurveda – the original authority on longevity, prevention and enhancing happiness and well-being. Panchakarma has been extolled since ancient times as a powerful preventative and restorative procedure for cleansing and balancing the body and mind. Regular Panchakarma removes the build-up of metabolic waste products end environmental toxins, reversing the biochemical imprint of stress, and restoring smooth and balanced functioning to the mind and body. Prevention is better than cure!
Panchakarma is the best thing we can do to eliminate the build-up toxins and impurities called “ama”, a sticky plaque-like substance that accumulates in the tissues and clogs the micro-channels of the body. Ama is produced as a result of stress, wear and tear and improper diet or daily routine. Ayurveda views the build-up of ama as the precursor to ill health. Panchakarma helps to dissolve these accumulated metabolic waste products and environmental toxins in the body that contribute to many common chronic conditions including those that are most prevalent in the spring season such as allergies, sinus problems, congestion, weight gain, depression, colds, etc.
The treatments in Panchakarma are selected based on the individual needs of the person. Below is a summary of some of the treatments offered at the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center at Lancaster.
A soothing four-hands, full body application of specially prepared oils. Abhyanga is performed in synchrony by a team of two specially trained technicians using a special sequence of strokes which promote the absorption of warm herbalized oil deep into the skin and tissues. This procedure loosens impurities, revitalizes the skin, and promotes balance in the whole physiology.
Promotes deep relaxation and inner harmony as a soothing continuous flow of herbalized oil is poured slowly and gently across your forehead. Beneficial for the mind and the entire nervous system, reduces mental anxiety, promotes mental clarity, restores balance and calm.
Abhyanga and Shirodhara
A powerful treatment combination that promotes deep relaxation and revitalization, and balances all three Doshas “Vata, Pitta and Kapha”.
Swedana, an herbalized Ayurvedaic steam bath for elimination of impurities which opens the internal channels of your body to facilitate the elimination of impurities that have accumulated due to stress, improper diet, or daily routine.
Abhyanga and Local Podikhizi
After Abhyanga, two technicians apply soothing, warm cloth boluses made of an herbal powder and oil mixture to any specified area of the body to alleviate joint and muscle pain.
Abhyanga and Pinda Swedana
Balancing for the physiology and strengthen and nourishing for the joints and muscles. After Abhyanga, two technicians apply cloth boluses filled with herbalized rice and milk paste to the area/s of the body affected by pain or stiffness.
Two technicians simultaneously administer a continuous flow of warm herbalized oil over the entire body. The oil penetrates deeply into the body tissues to soften and mobilize deep-seated impurities that have been lodged in the tissues. Traditionally valued for soothing and revitalizing muscles and joints, and balancing the whole physiology, it is often referred to as the royal treatment of Ayurveda.
Udvartana can help eliminate cellulite while stimulating, nourishing and cleansing the skin. In this treatment, a special herbalized paste is applied simultaneously by two technicians to the whole body using a specific sequence of strokes. This unique treatment is valued for supporting balanced weight loss while maintaining normal energy levels and vitality.
The purpose of Nasya therapy is to remove impurities from the head. Nasya incorporates an herbalized oil massage of the head and face followed by the inhalation of herbalized steam. A localized heat treatment is applied, followed by special herbal preparations which are self-administered through the nostrils. This treatment is greatly valued for its effectiveness in promoting increased mental clarity, vitality and balance.
By Andrea York
Director of Public Relations
Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center Lancaster
Office: Toll Free: 877-890-8600, Local: 978-365-4549