Cleanse, Relax, Rejuvenate

Text by Evangeline Neve

Open now for two years, the center specializes in many facets of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, Yoga, and other wellness services, in a hygienic setup.

I had a good feeling the moment I stepped through the gate. The entrance was filled with bright, beautifully tended flowers. Inside, we were swiftly handed cups of delicate herbal tea. Already I felt myself relaxing. Here at Moksha Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center, I get the feeling that relaxing will be easy. “The environment is very peaceful,” my companion commented, and I couldn’t help but agree. Tucked away down a quiet lane in Bakhundole, you feel as if you are a million miles away from the noise and bustle of the city, even though the main road is only a minute or two away.

Open now two years, the center specializes in the many facets of Ayurveda, Panchakarma, yoga, and other wellness services. The Abhyanga, a massage performed by well-trained and skilled therapists using therapeutic oils, is a popular choice. You can select an area in need of attention—head, feet, spine, and so on—or opt for a full body treatment. 
The managing director, Sanjay Lal Kharel, is not a businessman as I would have expected, but rather a practitioner himself, specializing in energy and chakra therapies.

When I ask who can most benefit from the services on offer here, he explains that there are generally two categories—those who want to prevent sickness and promote good health, and those coming for curative purposes. The second category are often suffering from ailments like migraine, psoriasis, menopause related issues, muscle, joint and nerve pain, metabolism disorders, chronic constipation, stress, etc.

One of the things the center is well known for is their customized detoxification program, which can run from one week to three months. Known as Panchakarma, this is pretty much a whole body-mind wellness package. The classical duration is 28 days, though I was surprised to learn that people often check into the center for 57, or even 114 days. A German guest recently spent two and a half months doing it, and apparently it is popular both amongst health conscious locals, foreigners, and tourists post trekking. The center has had clients from 57 countries in the first two years of its opening.

Ayurveda focuses on the four elements of health: physical, mental, spiritual (or emotional), and sensorial. If one is out of balance, it is believed that the overall health of an individual will suffer. Hence, the Ayurvedic system takes a holistic approach. One of the interesting things about the Moksha Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center is their focus on personalization. When meeting later with Dr. Padma Bajracharya, the medical director, I was impressed by her knowledge and the depth of her training. After completing a five year course under TU, she also studied in India, focusing on specialized treatments and Panchakarma, research in medicinal herbs, the plants found in ancient Ayurvedic texts.

She explains that the first step is to have a personalized consultation, so that together, the best regimen can be selected for the individual. There is also a focus on detoxification and cleansing, with food as medicine. If you check in for a stay of any length, your meals will be personalized and tweaked with an individualized selection of herbs to best augment the other treatments, such as massage, yoga, and so on. It’s a fascinating, involved process that clearly has a lot of facets.

While many different treatments of varying lengths are offered, the important thing is to begin. If you have a week or a full weekend, that’s great of course, but even if you don’t, a three-hour or one-and-half-hour session can have a cleansing effect and flush out impurities and feel rejuvenating. There’s no excuse not to give it a go and take good care of yourself. Everyone needs pampering once in a while.

And, finally, another interesting treatment you might want to try is the singing bowl therapy, which focuses on vital energy points located in the spine. As Sanjay Kharel explained, “The body is made of five elements, and we have universal sounds within us. With society so busy these days, bowl therapy helps in opening the blockages and recharging the flow of cosmic energies to our bodies. Each cell is dancing and singing inside.” While I had never thought of my cells as being that joyful, I find that quite a beautiful thought.

For More Information:

Moksha Ayurveda & Panchakarma Center Pvt. Ltd.
"Classical Panchakarma Center of Nepal"
Contact: +977 01 5522954, +977 9851233755
Bakhundole-03 Patan (Near by Norwegian Embassy), Lalitpur, Nepal
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Open: - 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM Everyday