Time tested Ayurvedic method of healing Panchakarma (five actions) is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.
Panchakarma treatment consists of three stages:
Poorwa Karma (before Karma)
Pradhan Karma (main Karma)
Paschat Karma (after Karma)
Poorwa karma means ‘before’ karma. It prepares a body for detoxification and is done before the main Pradhan karma. Poorva Karma is classified into two types:
Snehana Karma (Oleation)
Swedana Karma (Fomentation/ Sudation)
Snehana Karma is the process of oleation of the body, carried out by applying medicated oils and ghee in 2 different ways:
Internally (administering small doses of ghee or medicated oils internally)
Externally (different treatments using oil externally)
Swedana Karma is a group of procedures used to induce sweating.The term Sweda means ‘sweat’. Usually this procedure is done after going through the oleation therapy.
Poorwa Karma treatments
In Ayurveda, head massage is called Shiroabhyanga.
Shiroabhyanga is a deeply relaxing head, neck and shoulder muscle massage, which uses specific ayurvedic oils selected to match one’s dosha type. It focuses on marma points, where the subtle Prana (life energy) is converted, regulated and stored.