Ayurveda Shirodhara (Shiro-dar-a) is a unique, blissful therapy that balances and stabilizes the mind. To receive Shirodhara, the client lies down upon a massage table with their eyes covered. Next, specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured in a thin steady stream directly onto the forehead and sixth chakra. Shirodhara purifies the mind, alleviates anxiety, reduces headaches, and expands awareness. Shirodhara can be administered on its own or as part of a panchakarma detoxification regime.
The oils used in shirodhara are specific to the dosha that needs balancing.
Shirodhara is a powerful treatment. While it is growing in popularity in the West, it is important to remember that Ayurveda works with the individual, so your state of mind and body must be considered before undergoing any treatment.
This therapy is one of the more common treatments offered before panchakarma and, for many people, is also useful during panchakarma. It is a good stand-alone treatment if you are seeking to calm a busy mind, recover from sensory overload, or relieve excessive stress or overwhelm. However, the greatest healing that shirodhara offers is a stronger connection between the head and the heart. In other words, this treatment attunes us to our higher nature.
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.
Benefits Of Shirodhara
The benefits of Shirodhara on the mind, body and soul are numerous, being an excellent treatment to promote blood circulation, reduce stress, restore damaged nerves, improve memory and cognitive function.
Improved blood circulation: The warm oils used for Shirodhara also cause vasodilatation of allthe channels and thereby improve the blood circulation of the brain.
Deep Relaxation: The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation.Shirodhara is also a great treatment for the healthy individual looking to maintain health and enhance well-being, clarity, calm, and immunity. Shirodhara boosts deep relaxation, alleviates fatigue and renews and invigorates the body and mind. It also balances one’s energy level. If you are well rested,the process will enhance your clarity and perception.
Reduced stress and improves sleep: Shirodhara also reduces the level of stress hormones such as Adrenaline and Noradrenaline and thus relaxes the mind. Pouring of warm oils used stimulates and soothes the hypothalamus, thereby regulating the functions of the pituitary gland and inducing sleep. The ability of Shirodhara can easily overcome sleeping problems. Research successfully examines that the treatment is effective alone and also when coupled with herbal support. The process excites the pineal gland which produces melatonin, the governor of the wake-sleep cycle., or the circadian rhythm of the body.
Restore hair vitality: The medicated oils absorbed through the scalp stimulate the hair follicles, and hence Shirodhara is a vital therapy to treat hair problems such as Premature greying of hair or Hair fall
Repair nerve degeneration: Shirodhara has a massive impact on the nervous system. That means, this procedure instantly and directly calms, relaxes and have a purifying effect on the mind and nerves.
Other key benefits of Shirodhara include treatment of Sleep problems, Memory loss, Poor concentration, Chronic headaches, Depression, Mental tension, Hypertension, Facial Paralysis and Degenerative conditions of the brain.