Panchakarma is an incredible gift to give yourself
or a loved one. All the therapies are nurturing and
feel absolutely wonderful. Your Panchakarma is a period
when you can stop the routine of daily life and take
time for yourself. It is an opportunity to unwind and
release long held toxins, worries and memories. This
is an opportunity for you to create optimal health
in all areas of your life. A time to reflect on life
and determine if the life you are living is truly good
for you, and if it is not, a time to make positive
is preparation prior to Panchakarma. Please see Preparation
for Panchakarma for details.
If possible, arrive the day before your Panchakarma
begins. This allows the body to adjust to new surroundings
and to relax from the stress of traveling. Come to
the clinic and check-in either the day before treatments
begin or 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment
the first day of treatment. Any financial matters
need to be settled before treatment begins.
Your treatment session will be at the same time each
day so as to establish a regular routine for your body.
Please arrive on time as others are also scheduled
for Panchakarma. Your treatments for the day may have
to be abbreviated if you arrive late. There are no
refunds for missed appointments.
first treatment day will begin with an in-depth interview
and assessment so that we may determine how
you have progressed since your preliminary assessment.
Based on your earlier assessment and this interview,
we will prepare an overall treatment plan specifically
for you. You will receive an assessment each day with
either Susan or Jeff Turner prior to receiving your
treatments so that we may monitor your progress. It
may be necessary to modify the plan, sometimes daily,
as your body changes and evolves throughout Panchakarma.
This insures that you receive the maximum benefit and
healing. Your treatment plan is based on your level
of health, your imbalances and your health concerns.
Your treatment plan will typically include the following
treatments which will be modified and administered
to match your specific circumstances.
Snehana - Ayurvedic Massage
We provide a wonderful and powerful form of Ayurvedic
massage. Organic herbalized oils selected to bring
harmony to your physical, mental and emotional balance
are formulated with botanicals to enhance and potentate
their effects. We make all of our oils in-house to
insure quality, purity and to insure that you have
the perfect oil for your condition. The oils are
warmed and applied to the body according to Ayurvedic
discipline. Our treatments combine massage with marma
energy point stimulation to enhance the cleansing
effects. We also have over 50 essential oils that
we use to incorporate aroma therapies. This treatment
begins the process of moving toxins from the deep
tissues to the GI tract for elimination. The massage
is performed by either Susan or Jeff Turner and another
therapist, working in choreographed unison to bring
balance and integration to both sides of the body.
It feels incredible!
- Herbal Oil & Steam
Two different steam treatments are applied following
the massage. No other clinic or institute offers
this level of care. An organic herbal decoction is
blended specifically for your constitution. As with
the massage treatment, two therapists work in choreographed
unison on each side of the body applying the steam
decoction to all the joints in the body with equipment
designed especially for Living Ayurveda.
You are then placed in a steam cabinet that bathes
the body with yet another herbal decoction. The steam
opens the body channels allowing the herbs and oil
to deeply penetrate along with their healing properties.
The sweating purifies the body by removing deep seated
toxins. This treatment has classically been used for
arthritis as well as areas of chronic pain and leaves
one feeling wonderfully relaxed.
Shirodhara - A Wonderful Experience
A luxurious and deeply calming experience of having
a fine stream of warm oil poured continuously over
the forehead. This stimulates the release of neurotransmitters
which deeply relax the body, melting tensions and
alleviating discomfort in the head, neck and shoulder
areas as well as engendering profound feelings of
pleasure, inner balance and mental clarity. Here
again, the oil is custom formulated for you personally.
This treatment helps to release mental and emotional
memories and toxins to insure a total mind and body
Nasya - Deep Healing Facial
A facial treatment using specially formulated oils
combined with gentle heat. Specific marma energy
points are stimulated and herbal drops are applied
to the nasal passages. This technique banishes dark
circles under the eyes and alleviates intractable
neck tension. It brings a fullness and freshness
to the face and eyes and can relieve sinus issues
and insomnia. This treatment has a direct effect
on the brain and mind to create calm and release
Netra Basti – Eye
is a wonderful eye care. While lying on the back, a “dough nut” ring made of specific flours and water is placed around the eye. A herbalized ghee is then poured into the “dough nut” and
forms a pool of ghee over the eye. The technique eases and relaxes eye
tension and irritation. It strengthens the eye muscles and produces clarity
bastis are often quite beneficial wherever there is joint or muscle
pain. As with the Netra Basti, a wheat “dough nut” is placed around
the effected area. Special medicated penetrating oils made
used for this technique. An oil specific to your condition
is heated and poured
into the ring.
The oil is then drawn off, re-heated and poured back in the ring.
This is done several times, each time the oil temperature
the body adjusts to the heat. These bastis are perfect for long term
Udvartana – The
Ultimate Body Scrub
This technique is classically used for excess physical and emotional kapha conditions that may have symptoms similar
to lethargy, depression and congestion. The technique begins with Snehana
(oil) and Swedana (steam). A rough cut herb paste is placed on the skin
and rubbed with great vigor, pressure and speed. The application is adjusted
for each individual’s particular condition. It leaves the body and mind
feeling invigorated, refreshed, alive and clear.
Lepana – Topical
Pastes and Wraps
technique is classically used for sprains, sore joints and stiff and aching
muscles. Snehana (oil) and Swedana (steam) are first applies to the effected
area. An herbal paste specific to your condition is applied. Then hot compresses
steamed in an herbal decoction are laid over the paste. Fresh hot compresses
are continually applied to move the herbs into the body and the effected
Classical Ayurveda teaches that the body benefits from
the removal of a small amount of blood at the completion
of Panchakarma. The theory is that the small reduction
stimulates additional deep cleansing and also stimulates
the body to produce new clean blood. This treatment
is somewhat controversial in the eyes of modern medicine
so we do not offer this service directly. A similar
effect can be had if you elect to have blood drawn
for diagnostic testing done in our Medical
You will do a daily herbal tea basti, a small enema,
all supplies will be provided. Basti is self-administered
in the privacy of your own bathroom. Detailed instructions
will be provided, and we can assist you if you like.
Please do not be concerned about the bastis. These
are small volume, a cup or less and very simple and
easy to administer. The bastis serve two purposes.
They do a gentle cleansing to help remove the toxins
that the treatments are bringing to the GI tract
each day, and they also nourish the body. This is
a very effective method of transporting the medicinal
properties to the body without impacting digestion.
The daily treatments have a cumulative effect of bringing
more toxins to the GI tract as Panchakarma progresses.
There will come an optimal point during Panchakarma
when the toxins "ripen" and are ready to
be removed. A herbal formula will be created for
your particular condition to insure a thorough elimination.
This treatment is particularly effective for balancing
The treatment rooms are kept pleasantly warm to insure
your comfort and relaxation. Music is available during
your treatments and you are welcome to bring your
own CD's if you like.
may shower after your treatment if you choose. Almost
all of the oil will have been absorbed into
the body after the two steam treatments. There is a
therapeutic benefit to leaving the small amount of
oil left on the surface of the skin for a few hours
treatment, unless otherwise specified.
Food and Herbs
All your meals will be provided during Panchakarma.
You will follow a simple organic diet of kitcheri
(mung beans and rice), plenty of fresh vegetables
and herbal teas. Please let us know if you have
any dietary restrictions or allergy concerns,
will be made. Kitcheri is an essential component
of Panchakarma. It provides a near perfect protein
balance so the body is very well nourished. It
is easy to digest thus giving the digestive
rest and it has the special benefit of creating
vacuum" in the digestive tract pulling in the
toxins from all over the body. Please bring a thermos
with you so that you may have hot teas in the evenings
and early morning. Your meals will be provided in
stainless "to go" containers so that
you can take you day's meals with you after treatment.
You can also pickup your meals in the morning should
you have an afternoon treatment schedule.
We may recommend special herbal preparations and formulas
during Panchakarma. We ask that you take a break from
other herbs, vitamins and supplements during Panchakarma.
Please advise us prior to your arrival of all medications
that you are taking.
You will receive a private yoga session designed
specifically for your constitution and areas
of imbalance. This
will be a routine that you can do everyday during
Panchakarma. Ayurveda and Yoga are sister sciences
compliment and increase the benefits of both.
is a holistic science and the effects of Panchakarma
impact not only the body but extend to
the mind, emotions and spirit. It is common for clients
to report increased awareness of the body, greater
attention to the effects of certain foods on digestion
and shifts in mental and emotional states after implementing
the recommendations following the preliminary
These changes often continue throughout Panchakarma.
Old memories and issues may arise, they may cause one
to feel uncomfortable or unsettled. Emotions of anger,
sadness, joy, happiness, and grief may surface with
or without a related memory. Physical symptoms of past
injuries and illness may reappear. This is simply the
release of unresolved issues that are finally completing
their process. It is wise to remember that these feelings
and emotions are simply saying goodbye as they leave.
They are best met with awareness and compassion for
yourself and others. Contemplation, meditation, yoga,
pranayama (breathing exercises) and being silent in
the beautiful nature of the Monterey Peninsula help
these pieces of the past to move on so that the body,
mind and spirit can heal and be at peace. Please let
us know when issues arise, either during the daily
assessment or even during treatments. These changes
are often important information that we want to know
so that your treatment plan can be adapted accordingly.
If appropriate, we may recommend additional treatments
therapies to assist in total healing.
Energy levels may change as your progress through
Panchakarma. It is normal to feel a little tired at
some point during Panchakarma as the body begins to
It is best to keep stimulation to a minimum during
this healing process. TV, computer work, telephone
and talking should be a minimized. Sex and vigorous
exercise is better avoided during the preparation,
active treatment and the week following Panchakarma.
Beneficial activities are rest, relaxation, reading,
journaling, meditation, walking, and gentle yoga postures.
Remember, this is a time of total healing, use it wisely.
Panchakarma builds a healing momentum during treatment
and continues after you return home. You will have
an exit interview at the completion of Panchakarma.
We will provide you with a complete routine including
dietary suggestions, supportive herbal formulas
and exercise and yoga recommendations to follow
re-enter your normal life. This will support the
continuation of your cleansing. It is common for
some aspects of the physical, emotional, mental
and spiritual healing to continue for weeks,
You may observe that life is back to normal and
then something pops up. Panchakarma is very
you will never be the same after giving yourself
this gift. Recognize these "pops" as
signs of your good work and effort, be conscious
these new perspectives.
We will continue to support you after you return home.
Panchakarma is a powerful and important component of
your overall health plan. Your lifestyle after you
return home is another. We will assist you as you implement
the recommendations provided during your exit interview.
Often questions arise about changes in diet, food preparation
and the follow up home treatments. We are always available
to answer questions and address concerns.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR WOMEN:
Panchakarma is not appropriate during menses. Please
check your calendar and contact
us if you have questions
or concerns. A limited number of treatments can be
provided if menses should occur during Panchakarma.
No refunds will be made should menses occur during