It’s my last day here and I’m treated like a queen! My three hour treatment starts with my final final whole body Abhyanga – yesterday I said I had the final 90 minute one but today I had my final 75 minute one. This is then followed by the most amazing treatment of the last few weeks – a whole body oil bath. I have seven therapists in the treatment room to administer this!
Tail Dhara – Pizhichil (Whole body oil bath)
This bath gives the feeling of completeness and totality. The culture of oil baths is very ancient in Ayurveda and is highly regarded in the classics. We can still find this practice in traditional families and especially in South India. In this process a silent and calm environment is created with a relaxation massage being given first. A group of therapists then enters the room, maintaining silence, and bringing collective peace and a meditative energy with them. The environment thus harmonises with the therapy procedure. Two therapists, working with the same rhythm and healing energy, pour a stream of warm Ayurveda oil from the feet to the neck and vice versa along with massage. The soft, smooth, slippery and gentle touch with oil and therapists’ love continues for one hour. It gives a feeling like being in a mother’s womb – smooth, soft and free deep inside. The prime energy of healing (remove) is gently nurtured and stimulated throughout the treatment, resulting in a feeling of wholeness, self and transcendent love, and happiness.
It treats the following conditions:
- People who desire the growth of inner healing potential source
- To cleanse and rejuvenate their system
Avagahana Sveda (Herbal tub bath)
To finish off, I am immersed into a herbal bath filled with rose and other flower petals both in the bath and decorated around the bathroom. I relax here for about half an hour, soaking up the wonderful feeling of having successfully completed my first Panchakarma and knowing how healthy all my insides must be right now. I’m feeling pretty blissed out!
This bath treats the following conditions:
- Muscles pain, cramps, stiffness.
- Joint swelling, deformity, and pain.
- To induce sleep.
- To cleanse the body and improve circulation.
- To calm the mind and body.
In the afternoon I have my final hour long consultation with Dr Rumee and I also speak to Dr Rishi on Skype later that evening. My blood pressure is now 100/70 and weight 53.7kg and my ama (toxins) are pretty much clear now. I do still have some issues with my agni (digestive fire) but am told this will calm down in a week or so as long as I take things easy and continue on a good diet. They both offer me very good advice on where to go from here with my diet and lifestyle which I take copious notes on. Dr Rumee also gives me a written sheet of instructions and said she will be in contact in a few months to follow up on how I am going with everything.
I have a few goodies to take home including a six month supply of herbal tablets for my bones that will slowly increase the density now that my body is receptive to healing and will easily absorb the herbs. This will also help with my skeletal issues.
I’m now feeling very ready to come home and after three and a half weeks of wonderful treatments and total body cleansing I’m feeling fabulous. I wonder if I can sneak a therapist and a homelady into my luggage!!
Thank you to everyone who has been following along on my journey and for showing such an interest in all I’ve been going through.