Panchakarma

Transformative Healing Journey: Customized Panchakarma Retreats

Panchakarma is an immersive personalized detoxification and rejuvenation therapy that is unique to Ayurvedic Medicine. It is an all-natural personal healing retreat that releases deep seated toxins from the body, regulates the nervous system, and addresses health conditions at the causal level.

Panchakarma with Madison Madden, A.D. is a fully customized healing experience that lasts between 3-14 days. Factors such as constitution, health conditions, age, and season are considered when crafting a custom personal retreat.

Panchakarma is a Sanskrit word that translates to “five actions” and refers to the five purification methods called Shodhana in Ayurvedic Medicine – Vamana, Virechena, Nasya, Raktamokshana, and Basti.

It cleanses and restores the tissues, organs, senses, and subtle channels through specialized Ayurvedic body therapies that use a combination of herbal remedies, herbal oil therapies, heat, sweat, herbal poultices, massage and cleansing techniques to rid the system of impurities and encourage optimal functioning of the body, mind, and consciousness.

According to Ayurveda, the body and mind are inextricably linked and must be in a relaxed state in order to release deep-seated toxins and holding patterns. So while Panchakarma is cleansing, it is also deeply rejuvenating and nourishing. Many describe it as the most relaxing experience they have ever had. It can also release stored emotions, memories, and traumas. 

Panchakarma is considered a “system reset” for the body & mind, and in its essence, is a deeply spiritual experience that allows for healing and restoration. 

Our approach to Panchakarma is trauma-informed, and also integrates yoga, meditation, and pranayama (breath practice).    

Panchakarma can be utilized to address a specific health condition (chronic or acute) as well as to maintain health & longevity.

Common reasons people undergo Panchakarma are to address chronic pain, digestive imbalances, anxiety, depression, sleep troubles, inflammatory conditions, allergies, constipation, chronic fatigue, chemotherapy recovery, thyroid health, and neuromuscular conditions – among many other complex conditions and general rejuvenation.

Panchakarma is also highly recommended before conception for both the mother and father who are looking to conceive – to support fertility and pregnancy.

In an ideal world, Panchakarma is done before the manifestation of disease or chronic conditions. Dis-ease in the system typically manifests first in the subtle body, before expressing itself in the physical body. Ayurveda recognizes the progression of imbalance long before a classifiable disease is diagnosable. Panchakarma can be used preventatively to address imbalances, prevent disease, and encourage healthy aging.

Traditionally, Panchakarma is recommended annually and/or seasonally in Fall & Spring for those living an Ayurvedic lifestyle.

The Three Stages of Panchakarma

There are three vital stages of Panchakarma, each of equal and vital importance:

  • Preparatory procedures – Poorva Karma (at home)
  • Hands-on Panchakarma therapies – Pradan Karma (scheduled retreat, in-clinic daily)
  • Post-Panchakarma rejuvenation – Paschat Karma (at home)

Preparatory procedures typically include dietary preparation and herbal remedies to optimize digestion and prepare the body for Panchakarma therapies. Preparation may last for a few days to a few weeks in length.

Panchakarma therapies are done at the clinic for ~3 hours each day. Each session includes a consultation and an extended session of hands-on therapies such as Abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), Sweden (herbal steam bath), Shirodhara (pituitary oil bath), Marma Therapy (vital energy points), and localized therapies that prepare the system for purification.

Purification therapies may include one or more of: Nasya (cleansing channels of the head through the nasal passage), Virechena (bowel purge), and/or Basti (therapeutic enema).

Rest is taken outside of therapies. It is encouraged to avoid work, electronics, strenuous activity, and interpersonal conflict during the retreat. A light, vegetarian diet is followed and one meal per day is provided, after therapies.
This is done over the course of 3-14 days, depending on your condition, and the plan we create together.

Post-panchakarma rejuvenation
 
generally consists of integrating new lifestyle practices, slowly reintegrating more complex food, and taking herbs that are rejuvenating and immunity-boosting for ~40 days after Panchakarma therapies. This is the time to solidify the lasting effects of Panchakarma. At least one follow-up visit is scheduled during this time.

We do not provide lodging. You are welcome to stay at home, or to arrange private lodging at a hotel nearby. You are welcome to utilize our lobby and yoga/meditation room before and after your sessions.
  • 3 day (mini): $1,485
  • 5 days: $2,450
  • 7 days: $3,395
  • 10 days: $4,500

    Panchakarma requires an Initial Consultation before scheduling. The cost of the Initial Consultation ($275) is put towards the cost of Panchakarma, upon scheduling. One follow-up consultation is included, after Panchakarma therapies. Herbal remedies are included, as well as one meal per day during in-clinic retreat.

    ½ is invoiced at time of booking, and ½ is paid on the first day of in-person body therapies – unless another financial arrangement is discussed.

Panchakarma is not performed during menstruation, as it is important to allow the body to naturally cleanse during this time. This is a very important consideration when scheduling, and to do our best to schedule around the bleeding cycle.

It is not uncommon for Panchakarma to re-regulate or stimulate menstruation. If you are someone who menstruates, we will work together to create a plan that takes all of this into consideration, and adjust, as needed.