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Pachakarma Day 1

i arrived around 4pm and at 5 or so had my first treatment.

completely stripped down, a female practitioner massaged my head, neck, and scalp with heated oil while i sat on a little stool. next, i lay down on my stomach and she massaged warmed sesame oil (good for balancing one of the doshas) into my skin. she did the same as i lay on my sides and back.

then she placed a raised copper kettle directly over my forehead and through a hole in the bottom of it allowed more heated sesame oil to drip over my forehead and onto my scalp. every once in a while, she moved it from side to side. it was sooo relaxing.

drenched in copious amounts of oil, i was then moved to the 'steam bath'- aka the chamber of suffocating heat. i sat in a chair enclosed in a 3-sided wooden box and then she slid a 'door' in front of me. mind you, semi-circles were in both parts so only my head was sticking out. then she stuffed any remaining space with a towel so nly my nose and above was exposed. i was DRIPPING in sweat and had a few moments of panic. it lasted about 15 minutes.

then she took me out, thankfully, and brought me to the shower, where she rubbed ayurvedic healing herbs all over me and then i rinsed the oil and herbs off.

i didn't feel different, but i did feel relaxed.

Posted by yoganini 06:09 Archived in India

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