Shirodhara is a classical ayurvedic rejuvenating therapy that stabilises the body and the mind. During which, warm oil or other medicated liquids are poured in a constant gentle stream over the forehead. Especially, on the ‘third eye’, continuous along the crown of head, saturating the hair and scalp to provide a complete relaxation.
Constant tension and emotional stress are undoubtedly the true companions of contemporary civilization. Thereupon, provoke the growth of several diseases. Coping with life in one of the most busiest and populous cities on earth is never an easy job. Needless to say, with the rising work pressures, a lot of people are subject to stress.
The therapy certainly offers deep mental relaxation and eliminates strain and insomnia. Thus, the clinical benefits of shirodhara are in anxiety, depression, hypertension. As well as in stress aggravation due to chronic degenerative diseases,nervousness, migraine, headaches and sleep disorders.
The Sanskrit word ‘shiro’ means head and ‘dhara’ means flow or pouring liquid on specific body parts. This is to say, Shirodhara denotes the continuous pouring of oils, milk, buttermilk or ghee over the forehead and scalp. Oils stroking the ‘third eye’ has a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain. It is profoundly relaxing. Third eye (ajna chakra or sthapani marma) is the energy centre right between the eyebrows holds the power of intuition and take priority over ordinary logic.
In Ayurveda, shirodhara is seen as a stimulating procedure for the nervous system. The choice of liquid and duration of treatment varies according to the body type of an individual. It leads to a state of alert calmness similar to the relaxation response in meditation.
To do Shirodhara, the patient has to lie down on their back on a comfortable table specifically unique for this treatment. Closing the eyes and enjoying a stream of warm oil flowing evenly over the forehead. It should be in absolute silence leading to deep relaxation and a state of rest of mind and body in balance.The oils for shirodhara are unique to the doshas.
A typical Shirodhara session would last 30 to 60 minutes. But, the number and duration of sessions may vary. Accordingly, the Ayurvedic practitioner determines this from the patient’s age, constitution, dosha status and the severity of the disease.
Shirodhara is a relaxing and rejuvenating ayurvedic treatment since the vedic period. It is like the massage of the third eye which takes the mind into a thorough ease and complete relaxation.
• Pouring warm oil over the forehead awakens the third eye or pituitary gland and activates all the organs
• It stimulates and relaxes nervous system
• Helps to attain mental clarity
• During shirodhara warm herbal oil flows onto the scalp, this prevents and repairs hair loss, dandruff and damage to a great extend. The warm oil penetrates deep to scalp provides good health to roots
• Shirodhara improves sleep
• Relaxes and rejuvenates body and mind
• It is effective in anxiety, stress and depression
• Helps to subside tension headache and migraine