Kalari Kovilakom, the palace of the ancient Vengunad Kingdom in Kerala now converted into a palace for Ayurveda, offers Ayurveda in its most authentic and substantive form . Adhering to the strict tenets of Ayurveda as an universal healing art rather than a medical system, the treatment offered is a combination of the physical, psychological and spiritual therapies in our approach to health that is as relevant to the modern world as it was to the ancient world. Nothing has been re-invented, nothing diluted. The Ayurveda treatments are complimented and supported by yoga and meditation practices.
‘The Palace’ is by no means an ashram. While living in the comforts of “The Palace”, we invite you to have only a glimpse of an experience of a lifestyle that was advocated in the Ancient Indian traditions. This lifestyle helps you to balance your energies, to balance the outer, material world and the inner, spiritual world, leaving you refreshed, energetic and a more whole person.
Kalari Kovilakam’s 14-day anti-stress programme is designed to combat the symptoms of stress, insomnia, lack of concentration,fatigue and headaches that seems to partner today’s hectic lifestyles. The Manasanthi treatment consists of classic ayurvedic treatments, such as uzhichil, sirodhara (pouring oil on the forehead) and nasyam (excess body humours are eliminated through the nose. These are supported by special Yoga therapies, herbal medicines and herbal teas.
This is followed by Paschat karma or postpurification measures, which advises a diet and lifestyle that is harmonious with one’s constitution.
Panchkarma is the classic five-point revitalisation treatment that is gaining worldwide fame these days. Although Panchakarma is often thought of as the entire procedure, it is, in fact, part of a group of therapies belonging to a class of cleansing procedures called shodhana. At Kalari, the Panchkarma rejuvenation process is intensive and closely follows the early texts of Ayurveda like the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita.
Pradhana karma - main procedure ,there are five basic Shodhanas, or cleansing methods including Nasyam, Vamanam, Virechanam, Vasthy and Rakthamoksham.
The Ayurvedic slimming programme works by increasing metabolism. The prescribed light, non-kapha producing foods relieve the system of excess kapha and also control vata. The programme, which includes medicated steam bath, medication, herbal teas and yoga, works to create a genuine metabolic change.
The programme starts with a two week cleansingtreatment to eliminate toxins. Only then do the rejuvenation treatments start, with medicines and diet. The aim is to arrest the degeneration of body cells and increase immunity. In fact, the treatment helps to keep individuals free from diseases even at an advanced age.
Based on a person’s constitution or dominant doshas, therapies include pizhichil (massage with lukewarm, medicated oil), pouch massages, different types of uzhichil (massage), and other purifying treatments. The cleansing is followed by a rejuvenation treatment with special creams and oil, backed by a nourishing diet.
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