Rejuvenate your mind, body and soul… Detox holistically at Carnoustie

Detox at Carnoustie... a unique amalgamation of therapies

To many, the word ‘Detox’ is just another fashionable buzzword, while others think of it as something harsh and punishing. Both perceptions are untrue. ‘Detox’ is a dire necessity in today’s stressful environment. And it is certainly not punishing if done correctly, under the expert care of specialists, in the sylvan environs of Carnoustie. At the Aryavaidyasala spa at Carnoustie, ‘Detox’ is a holistic process of uplifting the mind, body and soul, and fortifying one to take on the rough and tumble of everyday life. Detox here goes beyond the shedding of kilos and loss of inches. The team of experts at Carnoustie has uniquely combined the timeless and time tested Ayurvedic practices of Panchkarma, with Marma, Pranic healing, and Yoga to repair and revitalize body tissues and organs and refresh the mind.

Panchakarma... the master therapy or the king of detox

The Panchakarma is the most significant treatment for purification and detoxification in Ayurveda. Panchakarma encompasses five therapies: the Vamana, Virechana, Nasya, Vasti, Raktha and the Mokshana. These five therapies collectively help remove deep routed stress and illness causing toxins from the body while balancing the three Doshas (energies that govern all biological functions). The treatment involves daily massages and oil baths, herbal enemas and nasal administrations. Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma as a seasonal treatment for maintaining mental and physical hygiene and balance.

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Snehapanam... preparing for panchakarma

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The Snehapanam (internal oleation) is a preparatory procedure for Panchkarma therapies. The effectiveness of the Panchkarma or the purification therapies depends upon the proper mobilization of humors (Doshas) from the periphery (Śākhā) which is to be achieved through this treatment. The therapy involves oral intake of medicated or non-medicated 'Sneha' or oil. Our experts use clarified butter (obtained from cow's milk) mixed /infused with medicinal herbs. Snehapanam is done in the morning after attending to the calls of nature, on an empty stomach. The dosage will depend on the health, age, diagnosed illness and digestive capacity of the patient. The treatment lasts between five and seven days depending on the condition of the patient and the illness being treated.

Abhyangam... the greatest expression of self-love

It is believed that the effects of Abhyangam are similar to those received when one is saturated with love. Abhyanga is infusing the body with 'prana' or vital life force. When we infuse all our cells with love, they are revitalised and energised. It involves massaging of the body with warm oil infused with healing herbs and balancing essential oils. Abhyangam moves ‘Prana’ (vital life force energy) within the body thereby nourishing and revitalizing all body organs. It aids the removal of toxins and stimulates both arterial and lymphatic circulation. It boosts the ability of nutrients to reach starved cells and allows for the removal of stagnant waste.

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Podikizhi... the rythmic way to rejuvenate and revitalize

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Podikizhi is an Ayurveda technique of fomentation in which the whole body or certain parts of the body are fomented and made to sweat, by the application of medicinal powders. A warm prescribed mixture of herbs tied in muslin pouches is gently pounded and pressed into the skin by the therapists in a rhythmic motion. The pounding is accompanied by a synchronised massage with herbal oils. Podikizhi is very effective in treating 'Kapha-Vata' predominant conditions of arthritis, back pain, paralysis, and muscular pains. This treatment is useful for relieving deep seated tension, increasing blood circulation, loosening built up toxins, strengthening muscle tissue and ridding the body of excess Kapha. This treatment increases blood supply to the skin and improves skin lustre and complexion and eliminates toxins through skin pores.

Elakizhi... rejuvenate with fresh herbal / medicinal plants

Elakizhi or Patrapotala Sweda is a rejuvenating sudation practice in Ayurveda treatments using fresh leaves of herbal/medicinal plants. Anti Vata plants, such as Eranda (Ricinus communis), Arka (Calotropis Procera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), coconut leaves, lemon and curcumin are fried with herbal ingredients and tied into cloth boluses. These are dipped into warm medicated oil and used for massaging the body. The massage with heated boluses induces profuse sudation, which helps in the fomentation process. Elakizhi is effective for various kinds of arthritis, spondylitis, back pain, sports injuries and for all other soft tissue inflammations especially joint pains. The massage promotes better blood circulation within the affected area and induces perspiration which helps the skin to eliminate wastes.

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Virechanam... clearing the toxins through the gastro tract

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Virechanam cleanses the Pitta and purifies blood by clearing the toxins from the body. The treatment concentrates on the toxins that are accumulated in the liver and gall bladder and the gastro-intestinal tract. In Virechanam, the vitiated Doshas are eliminated through the rectum. The treatment is given in the morning after the person is given the "Snehapanam" and "Swedanam" for internal lubrication. The person is then given a certain prescribed dose of herbal medicines on an empty stomach. Within 1 to 2 hours, the bowels are emptied expelling all accumulated toxins with it. Virechanam is an excellent rejuvenating detox treatment. Virechanam is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders, skin ailments, gout, splenic disorders, ulcers, IBS, gastritis, intestinal colic, headaches, asthma, indigestion, gynecological disorders, hypertension and stress related ailments.

Snehavasti... the master cleanser

Snehavasti is one among the five classical detoxification programme (Panchakarma) and specially recommended for Vata disorders. Medicated oils or ghritams are used to administer an oil enema, which nourishes and lubricates the body. The main seat of Vata dosha is the Pakwashaya (large intestine); therefore Vasti, the medicated oil enema, is the main therapy for all Vata disorders such as constipation, neurological ailments, paralysis, flatulence, lower backache, gout, and rheumatism. Sneha Vasti results in nourished and rebuilt Dhatus (body tissues); it strengthens their activities, restores and strengthens the body’s immunity. It is particularly helpful in curing gastric and neurological disorders, acidity, acute and chronic aches, headache and other degenerative disorders.

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Kashayavasti... the herbal cleanser

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In Kashayavasti, a herbal decoction made of honey, rock salt, medicated oil and herbs is administered through the anal route. A massage with warm herbal oils is given before the treatment. The treatment is administered as per prescribed dosage under supervision. The body dispels all toxins with the faecal matter. This treatment is particularly helpful in curing gastric and neurological disorders, acidity, acute and chronic aches, headaches, migraines and other degenerative disorders. It is a very effective detox and weight loss procedure.

Nasyam... detox through the nasal doorway to the brain

Nasyam is a very important treatment for any discomfort in the head region. Nostrils are considered the doorway to the brain. In this therapeutic treatment medicated oil, medicated powder or herbal juices are administered through the nose for a prescribed duration. This removes the excess humors accumulated in the different sinus cavities and throat and is very effective for treating migraine, hormonal imbalances, paralysis, mental disorders, premature graying of hair, loss of smell and taste and even can add clarity to the voice. It cleanses the different cavities, increases oxygenation and improves brain functioning. There are different kinds of Nasyams based on the difference in the type of medicines and oils used. Nasyam not only helps in removing toxins from the head, neck, brain, eyes, ear, nose and throat region, it also gives immunity and strengthens their functioning.

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Shirodhara... calming the "third eye" – gateway to higher consciousness

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TThe term ‘Shirodhara’ is derived from the two Sanskrit words: ‘shiro’, meaning head, and ‘dhara’, meaning to flow. It involves the warm and steady flow of medicated oils on the forehead, more specifically on the "third eye." The Vedas describe the third eye chakra or 'Ajna' as the gateway to higher consciousness and enlightenment having deep spiritual and psychosomatic significance. The calming medicated oils flow in a continuous stream transporting the self to a calmer place thawing all negative emotions and clearing fear, anxiety, anger, or irritability. It is said to have a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain, while stimulating the endocrine system's pituitary and pineal glands. The treatment enhances blood circulation to the brain, increases mental clarity and releases deeply trapped toxins.

Njavarakizhi... the miracle with rice pudding and herbs

‘Njavara’ in Malayalam stands for the rice that grows in 60 days; Kizhi (Pinda in Sanskrit) stands for bolus. ‘Njavara’ is indigenous variety of rice grown in Kerala, having medicinal properties. A generous amount of medicated oil is applied over the head and body. Then the body is massaged with a warm muslin bag bolus containing njavara rice puddings cooked in a herbal decoction. At the end of the procedure, the rice paste sticking over the body is removed using coconut leaves and the treatment is wrapped up with a gentle massage with herbal oil. This treatment rejuvenates and revitalises all internal organs, makes the body suppler, slows the ageing process, improves lustre and texture of the skin, calms the mind and reduces stress, promotes sound sleep, develops the muscular system, cures rheumatic troubles, boosts immune system, pacifies Vata Dosha and strengthens and nourishes the nervous system.

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Pizhichil... the favourite of the erstwhile royalty

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Pizhichil is one the most popular Ayurvedic therapeutic treatments favored by the royal families and aristocrats of yore. The whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil and the patient is massaged simultaneously by two to four therapists, continuously in a special rhythmic way. The procedure is followed by a medicated steam bath. This is a highly rejuvenating treatment that enhances muscular tone and energizes the entire nervous system. It helps to eliminate toxins from the body, improves blood circulation and revitalizes all organs. It is very useful for rheumatic diseases, arthritis, paralysis, sexual weakness, neurological disorders, blood pressure, nervous weakness and helps to arrest the aging process.

Detox diet at Carnoustie - healthy and flavorsome

The detox treatments are supplemented with a supervised diet plan to increase their efficacy. The detoxification process works on cellular regeneration and internal cleansing of the body and hence it is important that we provide our body some respite and much needed rest during and immediately after the treatments. The digestive system cannot be overloaded with greasy and heavy foods which are difficult to digest and the focus is on foods that are healthy, organic and easy to digest.

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Detox diet at Carnoustie - healthy and flavorsome

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Our culinary specialists prepare individualized meals plans under supervision of therapists to ensure that the meal plan fits well with the recommended treatments. High quantities of fresh and organic raw fruits and vegetables, juices and unprocessed foods are also common. Most of the diets also require you to avoid smoking, alcohol, processed and refined foods and stress. Contrary to general perception of detox diets being tasteless, extreme and difficult, detox meals at Carnoustie are healthy, tasty and nutritious.

Detox Tea... the natural effective cleanser

All guests at Carnoustie are served complementary detox tea. The specially brewed tea is infused with herbs that make it very effective for controlling Gut Candida & gas and reducing stomach acidity. It improves liver function, lowers blood sugar and is useful for controlling diabetes. The tea is known to aid weight reduction, reduces the risks of various cardiovascular diseases, reduces blood pressure, strengthens the bones and helps maintain healthy and youthful skin.

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Yoga... the long term detox and cleansing mechanism

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Detox at Carnoustie is not just about Ayurveda treatments and stringent dieting and living on liquid diets. Our experts believe that when treatments are supplemented by Yoga, the end result is more long lasting and life changing. Yoga revitalises the circulatory, lymphatic and digestive system thus building and enhancing our body's abilities to continue to eliminate toxins on their own, long after the treatments are done. In a well-rounded yoga regimen, every part of the body is pulled, twisted and massaged internally thus toning the internal organs and tissues and aiding them to function optimally.

Yoga... the long term detox and cleansing mechanism

Specific yoga poses not only work on the physical, spinal, digestive and circulatory well being but also focus on clearing the mind of all negative thoughts and stress. If the mind is stressed, the effectiveness of the Ayurveda and other treatments is reduced and one is not able to see visible improvement in the long run. Yoga is something that a person takes back with him/her, thus improving the quality of their lives and health. Our yoga experts prepare regimens combining yogic postures with meditation and pranayama in consultation with our Ayurveda and wellness experts to ensure a more synchronised approach.

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Pranayama... the time - honored art of breathing

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Developed over 5,000 years ago, pranayama (Sanskrit for 'vital energy' and 'extend') is an integral aspect of yogic practice. Pranayama are a series of specific yogic breathing techniques and exercises which help us detoxify, burn fat and increase metabolism. The breathing regimen clears out the stale, residual air in the lungs and saturates the cells with oxygen and prana/life force energy. Exhalation releases large amounts of carbon dioxide and toxins, thereby purifying the body. With the basic act of bringing in more oxygen, vitamins and minerals are more easily absorbed, white blood cells multiply and the lymphatic system is enhanced. Pranayama removes toxins from the bloodstream, which revitalizes the organs and clarifies the intellect, calms emotions, oxygenates the blood, builds internal body heat and strengthens the nervous system.

Hydrotherapy... using the detoxifying powers of water

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Hydrotherapy is a time-honored technique that uses water by varying temperature and pressure to stimulate healing and to cleanse toxins. There are many different types of hydrotherapies practiced at Carnoustie including saunas, colonics and simple hot and cold showers. Hydrotherapy increases the circulation of blood and lymph, which increases waste elimination and replenishment of nutrients. It helps in flushing out the toxins and increasing oxygen in the body. Alternating temperatures for example, using the cold plunge after the sauna or steam room mechanically squeezes the toxins out of the body, bringing in vital nutrients and oxygen. Using hydrotherapy in a number of ways can increase the circulation and clearance of our main organs of detoxification: the skin, kidneys, colon, lymphatic system and liver.

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Detox... using the elements of mother earth

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Earth is one of the five elements of mother nature, which comprises our body. Mud therapy from the earth element is widely used due to its numerous health benefits. Mud therapy is refreshing, invigorating, and vitalizing. It flushes out or reduces the toxic elements by applying special mud packs which absorb toxins from the body. Mud pack exposes the skin pores, improves the blood flow to the skin and relieves the congestion and lowers the body heat. Mud therapy had been found to be quite useful in treating gastric problems, decreasing intestinal heat, treating headaches and migraines and arthritis. Mud bath helps to improve the skin condition by increasing the circulation and energizing the skin tissues.

Acupressure... clearing meridians for waste removal

Acupressure is based on the concept that life energy flows through ‘meridians’ in the body and that clearing blockages in these meridians with physical pressure can help clear the accumulated toxins from the body and restore the ability of our organs to function optimally. Acupressure is a good supplementary treatment to regulate and tone the liver and the kidneys (major detoxifying organs). It stimulates elimination and release of toxins through the bowels, improves the digestive system, relieves general fatigue and confusion and helps fortify the immune system.

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Pranic... Healing - the ‘no touch’ energy healing

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Pranic healing is a simple yet powerful and effective system of ‘no-touch’ energy healing. Pranic healing at Carnoustie focuses on cleansing and energizing. Cleansing means removal of the diseased energy from the health aura and energizing means adding ‘prana’ or life energy to the affected area. It is based on the fundamental principles that the body is a self-repairing living entity that possesses the ability to heal itself and that the healing process is accelerated by increasing this life force that is readily available from the sun, air and ground within the recipient's body to address physical and emotional imbalances. Our experts focus on cleansing the Aura to achieve inner stillness and calm in those who are suffering from acute mental stress and depression.

Reiki... channelizing and activating the body’s
natural healing abilities

Reiki is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of touch to activate the natural healing processes of the patient's body and restore physical and emotional well-being. One of the greatest healing health benefits of this therapy is stress reduction and relaxation. The process aids in the repair of body tissues, removes toxins and impurities and restores balance and health by cleansing the body. Reiki is a specific type of subtle energy process in which healing is performed by the touch of the hands, allowing the flow of the energy from a limitless source (God Force) to the patient via the Reiki practitioner. It is extremely powerful, wherein energy can be channeled by intention alone. Reiki is excellent for healing any physical, mental, emotional and spiritual issues of any kind.

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Marma massage... stimulating vital life force

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'Marma' is a Sanskrit word meaning hidden or secret. A Marma point is defined as an anatomical site where flesh, veins, arteries, tendons, bones and joints meet. In Ayurveda Marma points are treated as points of vital life force. When imbalances block the movement of free-flowing energy in the body, the resulting stagnation leads to physical and mental discomfort and disease. A professional therapist isolates the Marma points and cleans them out by increasing the blood flow to the affected part of the neuro-muscular junction stimulating the body’s biochemistry to produce neurochemicals and hormones that heal. Marma massage involves a full body massage with warm medicated oil, stimulating or massaging the Marma points on the body. It nourishes and revitalizes internal organs, strengthens muscles and bones, helps remove toxins, balances the Doshas and encourages good sleep.

Attentive personalised care round the clock

Attentive personalised care round the clock at Carnoustie

The resort has fairly large qualified team of experts to ensure that each guest is given personalized attention. The team includes

Resident Doctors:

Dr. Ajitha Sunil Babu: Resident Ayurveda Doctor, BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines Surgery)
Dr. Isha Arun: Resident Doctor BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines, Specialised in Marma)
Dr. Rejina: Resident Doctor,BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines Surgery)
Dr. V. P. Rajashekharan: Resident Yoga professor, Reiki master and Pranic healer (PhD in yoga & MD in Alternative Medicine and Diploma in Pranic Healing)
Dr. Hemi: Resident Ayurveda Doctor, BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines Surgery )
Dr. Midhu Bhaskar: Resident Doctor BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines surgery, Specialized in Therapeutic Marma )

Visiting Doctors:

Mr. Sanjeev Grover: Visiting Doctor (Acupressure and alternate Medicine)
Dr. Rahul: Visiting Doctor,BAMS ( Bachelor of Ayurveda Medicines Surgery )

Team of Yoga Teachers / Pranic healers:

Ms. Vrinda: Pranic Healer, crystal psychotherapy , Diploma in Sidhamarma, Diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy
Mr. Gopalakrishna Pillai: Resident Yoga teacher
Mr. Ashok: Resident Yoga teacher
Mr. Baiju PR: Resident Yoga teacher
Yogacharya Amit: Visiting Yoga Guru

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The Carnoustie detox package includes:

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  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation in select villa
  • Daily Ayurveda  treatment (60-90 mins) based on doctor’s advise
  • Daily 45-60 min Marma treatment/naturopathy treatment/Pranic healing as per doctor’s advise
  • Daily Doctor’s Consultation
  • Free medicines during treatment as per doctor’s advise
  • Individual Ayurveda Diet plan as per the Doctor’s advice (all meals)
  • Daily yoga and meditation (hatha/asthanga/kundalini)
  • Daily use of Detox tea, gut cleansing gel, Himalayan tea & white tea
  • One boat cruise in Alappuzha backwaters

For information on booking special offer between May 2018 - July 2018 please write to us at [email protected]