What is a Shirodhara?
Ayurveda – the “science of long life” – applies ancient Indian wisdom to restore and maintain good health, based on the belief that wellness depends on balance. Shirodhara is a modern therapy based on Ayurvedic purification teachings. “Shirodhara” is made up of two Sanskrit words, “shiro” – meaning head, and “dhara” – meaning flow and is used to purify and rejuvenate the mind, through removing blockages and optimising the circulation of blood and nutrients to the brain.
Shirodhara is traditionally used to calm and restore the nerves, harmonize excessive constitutions, release stored emotions, and purify the mind. It also helps to reduce fatigue, mental exhaustion, anxiety, insomnia, headaches, excessive thinking, nervousness, and improve memory. It deeply relaxes the nervous system, lowers metabolism, integrates brain function, and creates brain wave coherence and an alpha state. Shirodhara is deeply stimulating, strengthening and calming to the entire nervous system, releasing endorphins, which create feelings of relaxation. In Ayurvedic Medicine, it is considered an important tool in the pursuit of higher states of consciousness. (Shirodhara should not be performed on people who have blood pressure concerns or in their third trimester of pregnancy.)
In the complete 90 minute Shiva Shirodhara treatment, the body and mind are put in an appropriate state of calm with an Ayurvedic massage. Now the body is released to receive Shirodhara – warm herbal oil streaming slowly over the “Ajana” or third eye chakra and continues to flow down the “Sahashra” or crown chakra. A marma point scalp massage is followed to enhance the release, as well as to nourish the hair and scalp. Then you are gradually reawakened with a gentle hair and face ritual.
Shirodhara leaves you feeling totally relaxed and connected, there is no other treatment like it! It is healing and totally uplifting, a pure treatment to calm the body, mind and spirit!
* Traditional Shirodhara in Ayurvedic terms is a re-birthing treatment
* A mental and spiritual detox
* Take note of your dreams within the next week – your higher self/universal energy may be more connected and giving you advice