Long Covid Treatment

Our 12-day Long Covid Retreat Recovery Programme goes beyond a traditional medical experience. Our goal is to go further, to address the trauma and stress associated with COVID-19 and social isolation. Not merely addressing physical symptoms, our intention is also to provide you with emotional support and to introduce long-term lifestyle changes upon returning from the programme.

Rooted in ancient Ayurvedic practices, the main focus of the treatment will be Panchakarma, an ancient healing modality that is rooted in Ayurvedic principles and science. Panchakarma is the Sanskrit term that means ‘five actions’ or ‘five treatments’. It is a system that is used to balance Tridosha, rid the body of toxins, and beyond. Normally, the body can efficiently process and remove these waste materials, including the vitiated doshas. However, due to one’s bad habits, repeated dietary indiscretions or poor exercise patterns, the metabolic system and hormones can become disorganised. This can lead to the accumulation and spread of toxins and create diseases (This is called “AMA”).

The radical elimination that takes place during Panchakarma works as an effective method of healing for those suffering from Long Covid. The treatments make way for the release of toxins and micro-clotting and reduce inflammation on both micro and macro levels and much more. Panchakarma acts as a trigger for the autonomic nervous system to reset. During this phase, your nervous system will exit from a state of “fight or flight” and restore your nervous system to a state of equilibrium. 

In collaboration with our research partners at the University of Humboldt in Berlin, we have created a bespoke mindfulness program that will be used as a complementary modality to your healing.  By the end of this personalised 12-day programme set in idyllic surroundings, your mind and body will feel balanced and restored.

Table of Contents

Long Covid 12-day Recovery Programme

Day 1-3: Preparatory Procedure (Purva Karma)

When guests arrive at the Sanctuary, they will undergo an in-depth consultation with our resident Ayurvedic doctor. The first stage, Purvakarma, is the preparatory process. During this stage, treatments include physical oil treatment, herbal fermentation and herbal steam. These treatments target areas including the neck, shoulder, abdomen and organ systems. This combination of modalities fosters drainage and encourages toxin release from internal organ systems, specifically the liver, gallbladder, and intestinal tissues.

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Day 4-7: Operative Procedure (Pradana Karma)


During these days you will be guided through Pradhan Karma consisting of five-fold measures:

  • Vamana: Vamana means to induce vomiting. Acting as a bio-cleansing measure, this stage encourages accumulated toxins in the upper gastrointestinal tract to release. Focusing on the Kapha Dosha.
  • Virechana: In this procedure elimination through the anal route takes place. Focusing on the Pitta Dosha.
  • Nasya: Medicine is administered through the nostrils. Nasya is indicated to relieve dosha of the head and neck causing aggravation.
  • Vasthi: In this procedure, medicines are suspended through the rectum or genitourinary tract. This is the most important and remedial procedure.
  • Raktamokshana: This therapy is an effective blood purification therapy, in which carefully controlled quantities of impure blood are removed to neutralise accumulated toxins.

Day 8-10: Post-Operative Procedure (Pashchath Karma)

The final stage of Panchakarma is focused on rehabilitation and rest. During this time you will rest and allow your body to enter a new state of health. Diet, rest, rejuvenation therapy and lifestyle modifications are prescribed to prevent the recurrence of Covid.


Day 10-12: Reflective Process

The final days of your journey will be characterised by a reflective process that seeks to answer the question above. During this time we will emphasise emotion and mental wellbeing, focusing on lifestyle changes and reflecting on a much deeper understanding of the Covid experience.

Sen’s experience in treating Long Covid patients for the last 18 months revealed an immense amount of emotional trauma and stress due to isolation. The programme is designed to not only address physical symptoms but dive into emotional symptoms and offer the necessary support and tools to continue on a new path of well-being.

More Benefits of Panchakarma

  • It removes the excess doshas and corrects the imbalance of Tridosha.
  • It cleans the body of toxic materials left by disease,  poor nutrition, and environmental toxins.
  • It maintains mental and physical hygiene and balance.
  • Panchakarma eliminates toxins from your body and mind
  • It improves your health and wellness
  • It strengthens your immune system
  • Panchakarma slows down your ageing process 
  • It enhances your strength, energy, and mental clarity
  • It helps you to relax deeply
  • Panchakarma cleanses your body entirely
  • It opens blocked channels in the body.
  • It improves the strength of your digestive juices.
  • Panchakarma rejuvenates your tissues and helps you lose weight.
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Complementary Healing Modalities

  • 1-1 Yoga and Meditation: These practices will focus on physical + mental strength and clarity. They will also build confidence and trust themselves.
  • 1-1 with our Resident Buddhist Priest: This is an opportunity for those who seek to deepen their spiritual practice. 
  • 1-1 with our Resident Acupuncturist: Harnessing the power of Chinese Medicine, our resident acupuncturist will conduct personalised sessions through your programme.
  • Osteopathy: Energy medicine. This treatment will focus on balancing the autonomic nervous system and neutralising sympathetic tone. Osteopathy allows the release of stress, inflammation, and brain fog.
  • Breath Work with our Breath Practitioner: An effective way of improving respiratory function.  Our Breath Practitioner will teach our guests skills in breathwork to help reset the sympathetic and parasympathetic tone.
  • Natural Elements: The Sanctuary is set in an incredibly healing setting in the middle of a nature reserve and between a mangrove forest. Both Rekawa Beach and the lagoon where our Sanctuary sits offer natural healing elements that are rarely found in today’s world.

The Final Word

Our Long Covid Retreat Recovery Programme goes beyond a traditional medical experience. Much care has been forethought into the design of this programme to give you the necessary tools to continue on a new path of well-being. For more information on our Long Covid Recovery Programme, you can get in touch at 020 7486 3373 or email us at [email protected].

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I love it.The Signature Retreat led by Sam is a great, inspiring journey in itself - I can highly recommend.The ayurvedic food was delicious and the staff is great.I hope to go soon again to this wonderful place.Mandy thanks to Sam and his team at Sen Wellness Sanctuary. BrittaKimberly St. O.Kimberly St. O.1712299536 ★★★★★ One of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had in my life. The 10-day retreat is the ultimate in relaxation. They feed you all your meals (delicious homegrown/homemade food), schedule yoga and daily spa treatments and hold special ceremonies throughout the week. The staff go above and beyond to make your experience deep, meaningful and heartfelt. The sanctuary is located in a jungle so be prepared to be immersed in wildlife! Monkeys, reptiles of all kinds, turtles on the beach, eagles/birds and more! I stumbled across this place researching Sri Lanka and it was truly meant to be. The faculties are stunning, comfortable and reasonably priced. 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I had enjoyed conversations with her at breakfast, lunch and dinner.Doctors, therapists are nice, I could ask questions and request whatever I feel comfortable.There are different types of rooms, I experienced the most luxury cabana and eco-cabana with Air Conditioning, too. Luxury cabana was awesome but I liked eco-cabana as well. It was an old facility but authentic, compact and I felt cozy. I was alone in the room so the space was enough for single use. If you wish to have luxury stay, I would recommend you to go for Luxury cabana.Everyone has different purpose and expectations. My purpose was feel nature, have simple life and feel appreciation of life. And it was fulfilled. Thank you so much for all Sen wellness team.sunil D.sunil D.1710516667 ★★★★★ Went to Sen Wellness with family for a retreat, it was a nice spiritual and healthy experience. 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Look forward to my next one at Sen Wellness.Jessica C.Jessica C.1709904229 ★★★★★ Sen Wellness is the perfect place to go to when you are exhausted by life and need a rest to get back to yourself and work through any difficulties you may be experiencing.There’s lovely yoga and meditation classes every day plus a set schedule which is a great way to structure your day of rest alongside tailored Ayurvedic treatments and healthy food.The place is for me perfect but it’s not like a 5 star hotel so if that’s what you are looking for it may be the wrong place for you.If you are lucky you’ll see some turtles as well.Samath and Francis are great managers and will make sure everything goes well.Kumail S.Kumail S.1709739998 ★★★★★ Beautiful experience, beyond my wildest expectations. Would recommend to anyone interested in Ayurveda and healingNeil W.Neil W.1709656423 ★★★★★ I was fortunate to lead a yoga retreat in early February of 2024. Everything was absolutely spectacular. Sen is a very special place with a beautiful energy that is perfect for retreat and healing.What really makes Sen so special are the people. Every single one of the staff members as well as the ayurveda doctors and all the managers were so kind and always trying to make each experience special. The entire team was led by Sanath and Frances and they were both absolutely wonderful. I can't possibly find enough kind words for both of them. Their leadership and warmth really allowed me to lead the retreat in the best way I could and they were always there for me whenever I needed. Thank you!helen W.helen W.1709279369 ★★★★★ Sen wellness is a perfect sanctuary. The Ayurvedic retreat was insane - I loved every minute of it . Thank youElly GElly G1708444914 ★★★★★ Came here for a yoga retreat with our teacher. This is the place to unwind, do yoga, relax and get Ayurvedic treatment. Ayurvedic drs and therapists are so helpful and friendly. Staff are so warm and helpful. Frances is the manager at Sen, a person with a beautiful soul who is very sensitive to our needs and intentions when visiting the sanctuary. Saneth (pardon my spelling) is a very dedicated and hardworking gentleman who made sure that our stay was a pleasant one. Highly recommend Sen Wellness Sanctuary 🙏🏽Heike M.Heike M.1708017780 ★★★★★ I stayed at Sen Wellness Sancutary for the festive retreat 23/24 - for me a 10 days commitment to complete immersion. I enjoyed every bit of it already at the Sanctuary! Now, back home and 40 days later, I am still profiting from the treatments, the experiences I made and my 40-days-practise that I started, as soon as I arrived home.Here is my deepest gratitude for the gifts I received during this retreat: a wonderful place, a kind, supportive, attentive and friendly team, support and grounding in my personal difficult moments, fantastic and soothing Ayurveda treatments (thanks to the doctors & massage therapists - always there with a smile and advice), delicious food, fascinating ceremonies (an unforgettable experience!), a lot of fun & laughter with other group members...Just to name a fiew.The biggest gift is, that I still have all this in my heart, that I can feel the connection to it. And that the practice of pranayama and meditation starts to become a routine! I hope, I can return to this unique place one day.Sally E.Sally E.1707933557 ★★★★★ My stay at Sen Wellness was exhilarating, from the dramatic colours of the sunsets to the naughty monkeys bouncing on the roof of our yoga room then leaping into the jungle. Best of all was watching, after a sunset walk over the wide empty white beach, newly hatched turtles hurtling over the sand to the ocean beyond. Good food, kind smiling staff, excellent and varied company from all over the world at the communal meals, massages, swimming pool, meditation, yoga, it was all pretty faultless and very inspiring.The serene and mesmerising Tseyang from Tibet provided me with a yoga programme I am actually keeping to.Jennifer M.Jennifer M.1707576319 ★★★★★ One of the most relaxing and intriguing stays I’ve ever had. 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Frances,The wellness Manager with her beautiful soul, Tsayang, my Yoga guru, Gopi, my transporter, and the entire team, including Kavindu, Dr. Tarushi, Dr. Udari, Mahil, Madhu, and many more, contributed to making my stay truly memorable.The food was another highlight of my experience. Traditional Sri Lankan dishes, rich in veggies and fruits, were served daily, creating a culinary journey that added to the overall wellness experience.One of the most rewarding aspects of my time at Sen was the opportunity to make new friends from around the world. Connecting with like-minded individuals enhanced the entire retreat experience, and I left with a profound sense of personal evolution.In conclusion, Sen Wellness Sanctuary is more than just a retreat; it's a haven for personal growth and well-being. I completed the program with a genuine feeling of having evolved into a new person. I highly recommend Sen to anyone seeking a transformative and rejuvenating experience.Thank you, Sen Wellness Sanctuary, for the exceptional hospitality. I look forward to returning in the future!js_loader