An amazing, unique body therapy from the ancient natural medical system of Ayurveda. Shirodhara has a profound impact on the nervous system. The treatment directly and immediately calms, relaxes and has a cleansing effect on the mind and nerves. The treatment has a similar impact on the nervous system as that of an established meditation practice.
What is Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy. Warm oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water or aromatherapy water pours in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajna marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the liquid onto the forehead creates a soothing vibration. The liquid saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system.
The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the liquid allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation.
Shirodhara is traditionally done as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process using specially prepared shirodhara oil. It is also an effective as a stand-alone therapy.
Who Benefits From Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is a great treatment for a compromised nervous system. Shirodhara can help relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension. It relieves tension, worry, fear and headache as well as depression. It regulates mood and gives feelings of pleasure and relaxation.
Apart from being a totally relaxing sublime treatment, Shirodhara may also assist with the following conditions:
• Sleep problems
• Insomnia and Shift Work Disorder
• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
• Calming an unquiet mind, induce rest.
• Removing fatigue
• Jet Lag
• Hypertension, lowering blood pressure.
• Promotes deep relaxation.
• Enhance your clarity and perception.
• Maintain health and enhance wellbeing
• Improve Immunity
• Naturally relaxes and rejuvenates the face and softens worry lines.
Who Should NOT Have Shirodhara?
should NOT be given to women in their third trimester of pregnancy and to those with a rash or sunburn on the forehead or scalp.
Other contraindications include recent neck injury, abrasions or cuts on the head, fever/chills, acute illness, nausea, vomiting, severe weakness, exhaustion, fainting or spontaneous sweating.
Medicinal Oils can be effectively substituted with milk, buttermilk, coconut water and floral essences in water.