The Shirodhara technique soothes and invigorates the senses and the mind. A total feeling of wellness, mental clarity and comprehension is experienced in this process. Shirodhara means the dripping of oil like a thread (dhara) on the head (shiro). This is a tranquil form of Ayurvedic oil treatment.
I loved the experience, and felt totally relaxed, calm, secure and like I was wrapped with a warm blanket of love for the rest of the day and the day following….
What is Shirodhara Treatment?
The client lies on a specially designed table. A wide mouthed vessel with a small hole at the bottom is hung above the head of the client, so that the wick hanging from the vessel is about two inches above the forehead. The special medicinal oil, milk, or buttermilk, etc, that is poured into the vessel is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. The eyes are protected with cotton pads to prevent oil from dripping into them. The warm oil or other medium used, is collected, kept at a constant warm temperature, and re-circulated, and the process continues for 60 to 90 minutes depending on the Dosha. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair. The client can then dress and go home and it is recommended to rest quietly for at least a few hours.
What are the results of the Shirodhara Treatment?
According to traditional texts (Astanga Hrdaya: Sutra 2:7-8), this Shirodhara technique, if done correctly and accordingly, is known to accomplish miraculous healing. Some are listed here:
•Mesmerizing and calming effects
•Treatment of several diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, throat
•Helpful against insomnia
•For nervous disorders and dispositions
•Helps relieve tension headaches
•Reduces shoulder and neck pains
•Prevention of premature graying of hair
•Increases luster and form of hair and more
Duration of Treatment:
1 to 1 ½ hours