What is Panchakarma?
Panchakarma is Ayurveda’s profound detoxification system. Often referred to as a “rebirth,” the process of panchakarma promotes healing and brings balance on all levels – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You can experience authentic Panchakarma in Seattle – you don’t have to travel to India.
What does the process of Panchakarma involve?
Panchakarma begins with an Ayurvedic consultation. During this consultation we will determine your Ayurvedic Constitution and any current imbalances you may have. We will also discuss your intention for doing panchakarma, as well as your health goals.
Next, we will go over your detailed plan for panchakarma, which involves three phases. The process begins with, purvakarma, where you eat a cleansing Ayurvedic diet for approximately 8 to 10 days. In addition, during this time, there are Ayurvedic herbs you will take and daily self-care practices that you will do to support your detoxification process. Purvakarma includes internal oleation (taking ghee or another oil if you are vegan), purgation, yoga, pranayama, meditation, self-oil massage and journaling. This first phase, purvakarma, is the preparation phase.
After purvakarma, is the panchakarma phase, or detoxification phase, where you receive five consecutive days of Ayurvedic treatments, which includes abhyanga, shirodhara, external basti and swedana. It may include other treatments too, based on any imbalances you are experiencing. Here is a sample schedule of a typical panchakarma treatment day:
- Arrive, foot bath, herbal tea and daily intake
- Abhyanga massage – Ayurveda’s traditional warm-oil massage
- Swedana – steam
- External basti – beautiful portals of warm oil placed on the body for physical and/or emotional support, coupled with visualization)
- Shirodhara – a continuous stream of warm is oil poured over the forehead and crown of the head
During your treatment days, you will also be doing internal basti (enema) at home. This is new for most people, and please know that you will be guided through this cleansing process completely.
After this phase, is the paschatkarma phase, or the rejuvenation phase, where you slowly transition from eating the cleansing diet, and mindfully begin reintroducing foods that you may have eliminated during the preparation and detoxification phase. Paschatkarma includes integrating supportive Ayurvedic diet and self-care practices into your life, as well as taking rejuvenative, or rasayana, herbs.
A follow-up appointment, which is included in the price of your panchakarma, is scheduled four weeks after your panchakarma.
GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF PANCHAKARMA
Panchakarma is a beautiful and profound gift to give to yourself – and the benefits continue to unfold for weeks and months after you’ve finished your panchakarma. People choose to do panchakarma for many reasons. Some choose it as a way to annually cleanse, detoxify and maintain health. Others feel that to bring balance into their lives on the physical, mental and emotional level, they need to make significant changes to their diet and lifestyle and choose panchakarma as a meaningful and significant way to begin. Others have given this gift to themselves during major life transitions or milestone birthdays.
WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME FOR PANCHAKARMA?
Panchakarma is traditionally done during the spring or fall seasons, but it can be done anytime an individual feels they are ready. You’ll need space and time for cooking your own meals, for doing the daily self-care practices and for coming in for treatments. It is highly recommended that you take the five treatment days off from work. It is okay to work during the preparation and rejuvenation phases, but you’ll want to keep activities, commitments and stress at a minimum during this time.
Panchakarma is contraindicated for children, for those overcoming illness and for anyone who is currently frail or weak, as well as for pregnant or postpartum women.
Your Panchakarma Practitioners: Jodi Boone, Jennifer LeValley and Sarah Kruse
We want to support you fully and completely during your panchakarma process. Here is more information about your practitioners, and why we are passionate about and believe so deeply in Ayurveda.
Jodi Boone, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Licensed Massage Therapist
I experienced my first panchakarma while living in India in 2012. It was 35 days in length, and one of the most profound experiences of my life. Since 2012, I have done panchakarma annually. In 2015, I began working at Bastyr Natural Health Center as an Ayurvedic Therapist, providing traditional Ayurvedic treatments and also, as part of a team of doctors and practitioners there, helped guide patients through panchakarma. What I learned wholeheartedly is that you do not have to go to India to experience authentic panchakarma. At Bastyr, I worked with many beautiful physicians and doctors, and wanted very much to offer panchakarma out of my own treatment space. I am partnering with Jennifer LeValley, Sarah Kruse and Dr. Brigid, because they are experienced, caring, compassionate and committed practitioners – I trust them completely. I have been giving traditional Ayurvedic body work and treatments since 2008, learning from Ayurvedic doctors and practitioners in India. I was certified as an Ayurvedic Wellness Counselor through the Ayurvedic Natural Health Center in India, and also with Kerala Academy some years later here in the US.
Jennifer LeValley, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Licensed Massage Therapist
Jennifer LeValley is an Ayurvedic Practitioner and licensed massage therapist. She is inspired to help others build, maintain, or regain true health, expressed as a balanced body, mind, and spirit. Jennifer believes that this balance shapes and strengthens the awareness we need to become fully and beautifully actualized within ourselves and our communities; she understands that the entire world benefits when individuals are vital, happy, creative, and committed to serving others. Clients can expect a gentle, receptive, intuitive, and fun experience as Jennifer works WITH you to uncover the root cause of dis-ease. She is particularly passionate about digestive health and stress management. In her spare time, Jennifer is a budding plant and herb enthusiast, and has completed an apprenticeship with Cedar Mountain Herbalism School. She relishes hiking and exploring the Pacific Northwest with her loving husband and friends. Her yoga mat and touring bike are common companions; both aiding in expansion and insight as she continues to grow personally and professionally.
Heather Danso, GCFP, LMT
Heather Danso is devoted to helping people find new possibilities for health through massage, reiki, Yoga, and Feldenkrais Method®. She deeply values sharing pain free, hands-on therapeutic methods, which promote calm, and improve how we move in our lives. Heather’s own healing journey led her to Restorative Yoga, Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education, Reiki, and Massage to improve function and decrease pain after multiple car accidents. She came to understand that the body-mind-spirit always organizes towards health—even in difficulty. Finding ways to support that organization is her mission. In her Madison Valley practice, she integrates holistic physical and energetic modalities that support your innate healing ability. Her deep knowledge of learning, functional anatomy, kinetics, combined with her informed intuition, create opportunities for you to discover and empower yourself as your own healer. She currently offers one-to-one Manual Therapy, Feldenkrais Method, Reiki and Restorative Yoga. She is also a grandmother.
Sarah Kruse, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Licensed Massage Therapist
As an Ayurvedic Practitioner and Massage Therapist, I assist clients in returning to their true nature through Ayurvedic Consultations and nurturing & rejuvenating bodywork. I have chosen to work in the field of Ayurveda for the purpose of bringing healing and awareness to people’s lives so that they can realize their unique life path and contribute their gifts to the world we live in. It is my intention to encourage integration of all health care systems and wisdom traditions for the benefit of all. I am a graduate of The Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, where I studied under Dr. Vasant Lad, and have traveled extensively throughout India, studying with renowned Ayurvedic doctors and scholars. I am also a graduate of The Brenneke School of Massage in Seattle. I have been practicing Ayurveda since 1999 and massage since 2001. My other great joy in life is caring for my daughter, Amulya. She continues to teach me about unconditional love, playfulness, patience and being fully present. What a gift!
Cost of Panchakarma
The cost of Panchakarma is $2,800. This includes:
- Initial Ayurvedic consultation with your team of practitioners (90 minutes). In-person is preferred, but can be done via Zoom
- Second meeting via Zoom to go over your purvakarma and panchakarma plan (30 minutes)
- Herbs for purvakarma and panchakarma (you will buy your own rasayana herbs)
- Support during your purvakarma as needed
- 5 days of nourishing Ayurvedic treatments (3 hours each day)
- Post panchakarma follow-up consultation via Zoom (40 minutes)
Payment schedule: $500 is collected for your initial consultation. After your initial consultation, the remaining $2,300 is due. Once paid, there are no refunds. Much time and energy goes into scheduling ourselves to be there for you during your panchakarma. When we commit to being there for you for panchakarma we are scheduling ourselves away from other work and commitments, so this is why a refund is not possible.