Panchakarma [PK]: Deep Purification Therapy
What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma means the “five actions”: these five actions are internal oileation, external oileation, massage, heating and elimination.
How does it work?
The majority of deeply held impurities are stored in the fat cells of the body where they can remain for decades.
Stage one is internal oileation. In order to start the process of dislodging these toxins, the first stage of PK is internal oileation. By using specific oils and diet, a process of osmosis draws the oil based impurities out of the cells and deposits them into the gastrointestinal tract for evacuation; impurities will also enter the blood stream for the liver to remove and send out for elimination.
Stage two is external oileation where specific oils are employed to penetrate the skin membrane and cleanse the blockages and impurities in the subcutaneous levels of the skin. The oil then enters deeper into the body and absorbs the impurities in the blood system.
Stage three is when massage procedures are administered to stimulate further release of impurities from the cells and increase circulation in the subcutaneous tissues of the skin aiding further elimination.
Stage four is the application of heat. The channels in the body such as the circulatory and lymph systems are thereby dilated, allowing impurities loosened by the massage and previous steps to be broken down and eliminated. When heating the body, circulation increases and the oil based toxins become less solid and flow more easily for elimination. Heating also helps remove impurities from the musculoskeletal system where Vata (space & air) & Kapha (earth & water) imbalances tend to lodge. This is why many people find that PK quickly eliminates aches and pains from the muscle, joints and bones. The skin in the heating stage plays an important part in elimination by means of sweating out impurities.
Stage five is elimination. Once all these four actions are put in process, the amount of toxins reaches a level where elimination by enema is used as the final fifth stage to help evacuate the mass of impurities in the system. Gentle procedures are employed that work with the body’s natural elimination processes and do not interfere with the delicate balance of flora held in the gut.
Once started, the process of eliminating deeply held impurities will continue for about a week after the end of the last treatment session. Therefore, following a carefully planned diet during this time is an important part in the effectiveness of the process.
How long does it take?
A course in PK is individually designed around the person’s constitution and their accumulated toxins. The PK program usually starts with a 5 day package but can be extended up to as long as 30 days.
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How much does it cost?
The cost will depend on the actual number of treatments provided which would be determined in your initial PK consultation with Ian. The outline below is based on a typical 5 day package where the program would be a mix of massage treatments in our treatment room and basti eliminations that you would do yourself at your home.1 x initial one-hour PK consultation to determine PK program
1 x supplies for pre-treatment ghee cleanse
5 x daily two-hour treatments (possible combination of abhyanga massage/urdvatana/steam/shirodhara depending on program established by Ian).
1 x 5-day basti kit for self-administration at your home
1 x herbal supplies for bastis
1 x follow up one hour consultation after two weeks
Approximate total c.$1,200 +gst
Note: Ian would provide massage to male clients and Brona would provide massage to female clients. However, the whole PK would be under Ian's supervision and he would be available to answer any questions and advise as necessary.
Where did it come from?
It originated from the ancient Vedic civilization where it was the exclusive domain of the royal families and the high priests. It was seen as an essential practice to keep the rulers and decision makers in the highest state of consciousness and therefore be able to lead their people with enlightened clarity.
What does it do?
PK works with the body’s intelligence and elemental forces to provide an integrated sequence of procedures that together dislodge deeply held impurities from the cells and then flush them out of the body using the same organs of elimination that the body naturally employs – sweat glands, blood vessels, urinary tract and intestines thus averting or reversing the development of disease and aging. With these impurities removed, degenerative disorders cannot establish themselves because the root cause of most maladies has been eliminated. Not only has disease been averted but it is replaced with a more balanced, cleaner, clearer system and a heightened awareness that will naturally help keep you in good health.
PK also has a profound effect on our mental and emotional bodies. Physical toxins are linked directly to emotional and mental toxins. They are all inter-linked - you cannot move one without touching all three aspects. Because of this, the environment and manner of the delivery of these procedures have to be carefully managed. The experience of releasing mental and emotional toxins held in the body has a profound effect and deep seeing, integrated understanding and refined awareness are all part of the powerful transformation offered by PK. Remember, it was originally designed for enlightenment.
What are the benefits?
PK has been the subject of many scientific studies and published reports, below are some of the benefits that have been recorded.
- Eliminates disease-causing free-radicals
- Creates clarity of mind
- Releases negative emotions
- Reduces mental ‘chatter’
- Increases muscle strength and tone
- Strengthens and regenerates bone tissue
- Balances the nervous system
- Decreases cholesterol
- Unblocks arteries
- Balances high and low blood pressure
- Detoxifies the liver and blood
- Increases health and happiness
- Improves complexion and skin tone
- Promotes flexibility and suppleness in the body
- Increases strength, energy and vitality
- Improves the quality of sleep
- Increases softness and luster of the skin
- Reduces the signs of biological aging by 4.8 years in 5 days
- Decreases stress, anxiety and fear; increases emotional stability
- Improves sleep patterns
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For a personal PK consultation with Ian Hayward please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 780.249.4428
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