Panchakarma Treatment

Abhyanga

Abyanga is Ayurveda's principal healing tool and the mother of all massages. It is a  whole body massage given with herbal oils customized to your body type to detoxify, nourish and revitalize the body tissues (Dhatus). Abhyanga has much deeper and more far reaching effects than  ordinary massage using mineral oils and lotions. Abhyanga achieves deepest healing effects by naturally harmonizing Mind Body & Spirit. This massage is usually given by two therapists for one hour and is usually followed by a herbal bath or medicated steam bath (Sweda). It is one of the most rejuvenating treatments of Ayurveda.

Benefits: Increases tissue strength, Improves blood circulation, Rejuvenates the whole body, Removes cellulite, beautifies the skin, Anti aging, helps sleep better, promotes vitality, Reduces Vata imbalance, stress and toxins.

 

Shirodhara

In Shirodhara, medicated warm oil/herbal decoctions/medicated milk/buttermilk is continually poured on the forehead for 20 to 30 minutes. This procedure often induces a completely relaxing and rejuvenating mental and physical state. It deeply revitalizes the central nervous system.

Benefits: Anxiety, Depression, Epilepsy, Hypertension, Diabetic Neuropathy, Central Nervous System, Hemiplegia Paraplegia, Strengthens the sensory organs, Insomnia, Pre-mature graying of the hair & hair loss Mental retardation, Paralysis, Stress.

 

Netra Tarpana

This is a special treatment in which the eyes are bathed in pure medicated ghee (refined butter). This treatment is recommended between 8- 15 minutes.

Benefits: Relieves the strain due to constant glaring to the Computer & TV screen, Refractive errors of the eyes, Chronic Conjunctivitis Corneal Ulcer, Dry Eye Syndrome, Eye diseases due to aggravation of Vata and Pitta toxins, Glaucoma Helps in preventing early formation of Cataract, Improper co-ordination and loss of movement of the eye balls, Pain and burning sensation in the eyes

 

Netradhara

It is a special cleansing technique of pouring herbal potions in a continuous stream over the eyes for 10-20 minutes.

Benefits: A soothing technique to relax strained eyes, Cooling and refreshing, Delays cataract formation Helps in treating chronic Conjunctivitis, Improves eye sight, Makes the eyes sparkle.

 

Sweda

To balance the doshas and ailments of a person, Sweda or medicated herbal steam bath opens the pores and flushes and cleanses the system through the skin. It is usually very effective when taken after Abhyanga.

Benefits: Reduces pain in the body, Eliminates toxins, Promotes lightness, Reduces stiffness, Beautifies the skin, Removes the Cellulite.

 

Navarakizhi

This is a highly effective anti aging / rejuvenation massage using a special type of rice that is cooked, and dipped into herbal warm milk, then skillfully massaged simultaneously by two therapists all over the body.

Benefits: Paralytic strokes, Anti-aging & rejuvenating, Strengthens tissues, Body ache, Emaciation, Debility Monoplegia, Osteo Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis.

 

Talapodichil

Special ayurvedic herbal paste is pasted on the head for 30-45 minutes. This treatment helps to balance conditions in the head, eyes, and mental function. One sits comfortably and quietly for 45 minutes with an herbal paste applied that cover the sides, top, bottom and back of the head. It is used to alleviate hyperactivity conditions, headaches, burning eyes, insomnia, and improves scalp and skin conditions.

Benefits: Headache, Depression, Hyper active conditions, Burning sensation in the eyes, Insomnia, Skin disorders.

 

Shiropichu

Special Medicated oil according to the body type is applied to the head for 30-45 minutes in a special manner.

Benefits: Facial palsy, Headache, Insomnia, Improves memory, Dermatitis of the scalp, Dandruff, Other neurological disorders Paralysis, Skin disorders such as Eczema.

 

Chakra Basti

This basti is applied to the umbilical region. It acts on the solar plexus and balances the digestive fire. The word Chakra means wheel or disk and Basti stands for a retaining or holding . Chakra basti, also called nabhi basti, because it is applied to the umbilical region. Nabhi the umbilicus is considered as marma in Ayurveda. Marma (vital point) is an anatomical area where arteries, tendons, flesh, veins, bones and joints meet to form the location of life.

Benefits: Indigestion, Constipation.

 

Patra Pinda Sweda

A highly rejuvenating treatment in which fresh plants are fried with several other herbal ingredients which are tied and, dipped into warm medicated oil and simultaneously massaged by four therapists all over the body for one hour, it is applied after Abhyanga.

Benefits: Chronic back pain, Loss of function of a part or whole limb, Joint stiffness and swellings, Muscular pain, Anti-aging & rejuvenating Sciatica, Spondylosis, Sprains and cramps.

 

Pizhichil

Medicated oil/medicated milk is poured onto the body in continuous streams while being gently massaged by four therapists for one hour. It is extremely soothing and relaxing. It acts as a free radical scavenger, toning, strengthening and deeply rejuvenating the whole body.

Benefits: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) after exposure to a viral or bacterial infection, Increases Ojus & Body Immunity, Anti-aging & rejuvenating Alleviates the burning sensation in the body, Ensures better circulation, Helps to recover from paralysis, Promotes healing of fractures.

 

Udvartana (Weight loss Massage)

This is a specialized herbal treatment for weight reduction. An herbal paste or powder is applied all over the body and deeply massaged with specific movements by two therapists for one hour.

Benefits: Toning the skin & muscle after child birth or weight loss, Removes Cellulite, Obesity, Weight reduction, Imparts good complexion to the skin Revitalizes the sense of touch, Removes Kapha toxins from the body.

 

Kashaya Seka

This revitalizing treatment is given immediately after Abhyanga. A continuous pouring of a warm herbal decoction all over the body and simultaneous massaging by 4 therapists is performed for 45 minutes, at the same time Shirodhara is also given. This therapy removes Kapha and Vata toxins.

Benefits: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis, Varicose Veins, Improves circulation, Improves skin complexion Relieves body pain.

 

Padaghata

This is a very unique whole body massage using feet instead of hands. It is performed by two therapists for one hour. The purpose of Padaghat is to offer a deep tissue massage by applying the weight and pressure of two therapists. The client lies on a mat on the floor while technicians hold onto a rope to balance their weight evenly and then skillfully use their feet to massage. It is deeply relaxing and is recommended part of IVAC’s weight loss program in order to reduce excess fat and toxins.

Benefits: Removes deep seated pain in the joints and bones, Deeply relaxing, Helps in removing toxins from deeper tissues, Removes excess of fat.

 

Shiroabhyanga

A soothing massage of the head, neck & shoulder for 15 minutes using warm herbal oils. Shiroabhyanga is a beautiful combination of the Shirodhara and Abhyanga treatments in one. Firstly, the deeply relaxing Shirodhara treatment is given; warmed medicated oils are gentle drizzled onto the forehead over 45 minutes. This delightful sensation melts away all chatter and mental activity leaving the mind calmed, cooled and refreshed.

Benefits: Insomnia, Brings sound sleep, Cooling to the eyes, Headache, Removes dandruff, Pre-mature graying & hair loss, Profoundly soothing and relaxing.

 

Padaabhyanga

“Padabhyanga” can also be freely translated as “foot massage” or “foot therapy”. This therapy is especially important in Ayurveda because our feet are the connection of our body to mother earth. A very stimulating massage of the lower legs and the feet for 30 minutes to activate the acupressure points.

Benefits: Improves the eyes, Soothing and cooling to the eyes, Alleviates burning of the eyes, Induces deep sleep, Improves luster of the skin, Smoothens cracked skin of the feet, Hyper tension, Relieves tiredness of the feet.

 

Shiro Basti

A special technique of bathing the head for 45 minutes in medicated oils using a special apparatus. The Shiro Basti treatment is warm oil poured onto the head, and then allowed to remain there for a certain period of time and then followed by shiro abhyanga (head massage). Beneficial for the treatment of depression, headaches, insomnia and psychological disorders.

Benefits: Anxiety, Facial paralysis, Insomnia, Neurological disorders, Psychological disorders, Skin disorders such as Eczema & Psoriasis, Stress.

 

Janu Basti

In this treatment the knee is bathed in warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions, taking 20 to 30 minutes. It promotes the strength of the knee joint by improving the circulation. This is an effective treatment for those suffering from knee discomfort and pain, Osteo-Arthritis, and knee immobility by allowing the knee to sit in a pool of herbal oil or herbal water for about 30 to 45 minutes. The oil is held in place by a dough dam. A great treatment for athletes, hikers, and the ageing body.

Benefits: Pain of knee joint, Osteo Arthritis of the knee joint.

 

Greeva Basti

Bathing the back of the neck using warm medicated oil or herbal decoction for 20 to 30 minutes. he person undergoing GreevaBasti is made to lie face down on the massage table (Droni) The dough is prepared out of black gram flour or whole wheat flour. It is then made into a small ring of 2-3 angula height. After it is glued with some water to make it leakproof; lukewarm medicated oil or the decoction of herbs is slowly poured into it. When this cools down it is squeezed out and replaced with more warm one. At the end of the procedure, the dough is removed; a gentle massage is given over the area. The person is made to take rest for a while.

Benefits: Cervical Spondylosis, Chronic pain in the neck region, Compression fractures.

 

Kati Basti

A special technique aimed at providing relief to the lower back using warm medicated oils or herbal decoctions when bathing the lower back for 20 to 30 minutes.

Benefits: Chronic and acute backaches, Prolapsed disc, Lumbar Spondylosis, Osteoporosis, Sciatica.