We offer Panchakarma/Detox therapy under medical supervision
How will I benefit from Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is a really good investment in yourself with many beautiful returns such as: feeling more harmony with yourself and your environment, experiencing contentment, being more present and positive, having more patience, love, respect and appreciation for yourself and others. Physically, the systems of the body feel stronger and more stable, especially digestion, natural sleep patterns are restored and deep-seated tiredness has been released, making space for a new zest for life.
When practiced on a regular basis, together with home self-care and positive lifestyle changes, further accumulation of toxins and tensions is prevented, thus reducing the likelihood of future imbalances/dis-eases developing.
Panchakarma/Detox therapy can give you relief from
Anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, sinusitis, stress, depression, high or low blood pressure, degenerative diseases, excess weight, eating disorders, epilepsy, addiction, liver and digestive complaints, piles, menstrual disorders, menopausal imbalances bronchitis, asthma, nervous disorders, eye diseases, skin diseases, psoriasis, backache, diabetes, chronic illness, arthritis, paralysis, headaches, tiredness, general low moods, constipation, Aids/HIV.
When should I undergo Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is beneficial for everyone at any time, for prevention of dis-ease. It is particularly beneficial during periods of transition, whether it is a change of season, a change in your personal life eg. marriage, divorce, a change in your professional life or a transition into a new phase of your life ie. between adolescence and adulthood, adulthood and the third age.
Now you can enjoy all the benefits of Panchakarma, and more, without leaving South Africa.
You will save on travelling costs. There is no need to go all the way to India when we have experienced doctors that have come to share their precious knowledge with us here.
You will not have the physical and mental stress that may occur through flying and travelling.
You will be in a familiar environment where climate, standards of hygiene etc. are known. Adjusting back to your home environment will be so much smoother.
Panchakarma with us will be more 'pampering' and suited to our particular needs, than is traditional in India.
As we (Margit and Samantha) did not grow up in an Eastern culture, we can help you to understand and integrate the wisdom of Ayurveda more easily into your life.
We can provide ongoing support to sustain your diet and lifestyle changes.
Could Panchakarma or Ayurveda be against my religious beliefs?
Ayurveda is not attached to any specific religion, nor is it against any religion, rather it enhances your personal relationship with the Divine, in whatever way you choose to express this.
What will I do during a Panchakarma Retreat?
Your retreat begins with a medical ayurvedic consultation to assess your individual constitution and imbalances and thus, your personal treatment plan for the week. Thereafter, all your therapies and meals will be designed to strengthen your immunity, reduce whatever mental, emotional and physical disturbances you may have and revitalise your whole system.
You will enjoy a nurturing daily rhythm which includes the following:
- Ayurvedic Massage is an integral part of Ayurvedic medicine. Massage was traditionally considered a necessary part of daily routine to nurture and nourish us physically, emotionally and mentally. Massage helps the body to efficiently circulate nutrients and eliminate toxins, thus it plays an important part in cleansing, and if practiced regularly, rejuvenating the body.
- Panchakarma therapies:
"These are not invasive therapies, but are meant to go deep within to nourish the body and cajole it into releasing its waste, its toxicity. The tissue should not feel a longing for something given up. It should not be traumatic, like candy ripped from a child." Bri Maya Tiwari, Vedic monk, teacher and author
Therapies given to each patient in Panchakarma depend on the body type and health problems.
Vamana - Emesis therapy is useful when there is congestion in the lungs causing repeated attacks of bronchitis, colds, cough or asthma etc.
Virechana - Purgation therapy is useful when there is rashes, skin inflammation acne, chronic attacks of fevers, biliary vomiting, nausea and jaundice etc.
Nasya - Nasal administration is useful to eliminate the excess of bodily humors accumulated in the sinus, throat, nose or head areas.
Basti - Enema therapy is useful in relieving constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, sexual disorders, kidney stones, heart pain, backpain, sciatica, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches.
- Yoga will help you to become more centred and grounded, as you bring your awareness into your body and breath using simple and gentle postures. Yoga postures tone every area of the body, and cleanse the internal organs of toxins, which is one of the goals of Ayurveda.
- Relaxation time will help you to unwind from your daily stresses.
- Creativity with various materials such as clay, paint, crayon, collage and craft is a way to simply 'be' instead of always having to achieve and 'do'. Through creative expression, we can live in the present moment, without thought, thus relieving mental stress.
- Meals prepared with ayurvedic principles for your individual constitution Through simple and wholesome new ways of cooking and eating, you will benefit from a gentle de-tox without a feeling of deprivation. Your meals will be vegetarian, mostly without wheat and dairy.
- Silence, meditation, contemplation "Panchakarma is not a detox program. This is only its side benefit. It is a transformation in consciousness - replacing stress with silence." Dr John Brouillard, Ayurvedic physician
Most of the program will be in silence which adds to the regeneration of your prana or vitality.
- Contact with Nature in our wild garden with magnificent views of the bay and mountains, and within walking distance from the sea.
- Talks/discussion on Ayurveda
Join us for an Ayurveda Panchakarma/Detox Retreat at our centre in Hout Bay:
27 June - 3 July 2005 Cost: R 4 500 per person
This includes all treatments, medical ayurvedic consultations and supervision, meals and cooking classes, yoga and relaxation, lectures on Ayurveda, guided meditations and art/craft. Guidelines to prepare yourself for the retreat, as well as home-going instructions and follow up programmes, if necessary, will be provided.
The price excludes accommodation which we are happy to arrange for you a stone's throw from our centre.
You need not have any previous experience of Ayurveda or Panchakarma in order to greatly benefit.
Next dates for Panchakarma Retreats: 5 - 11 Sept and 7 - 13 Nov 2005
Ayurveda for Africa: report on 3 day Ayurvedic Massage workshop
In April, we invited people from Imizamo Yethu and Hout Bay Harbour Heights for a free 3 day Ayurvedic massage workshop. The original idea was to select someone who could be trained for massage on a apprenticeship basis. Even though we created employment for one member of the group in the catering department, the original idea became a by-product of a greater vision.
We were a group of 14 participants, learning to give and receive simple massage. This, together with some Yoga stretching, allowed participants to create or improve body awareness. For most of the group, the simple vegetarian meals were their first experience of healthy, tasty food without meat. Respect for each other coming from different cultures and backgrounds created a safe space for everybody to be in and open up without being scared of being judged. Lifeskills were shared, calmness and some inner peace brought a measure of healing to all.
The group has met once since then to practice one of the massages learnt and everybody was encouraged to use the skills with friends and in their family.
When we have funding, we will run these workshops on a regular basis for the wellbeing of individuals who cannot otherwise afford our activities. We can offer the workshop to 12 participants for every R3150 that we receive. If you would like to sponsor this "Ayurveda for Africa " project, please call us, or let us know of any leads for organisations who may be interested in getting involved. Thank you.
Account details: Ayurveda for Africa, Standard Bank, Sea Point, a/c no. 277 100 836
Testimonial from Michael: It was a good experience, especially the massaging was very good. I found out that there is someone out there who actually gives a damn about what people think, about what is going on inside the body. It was an environment where everything can flow out and surface and that helped for positive thinking and conquering your fears and to trust where the current takes you.