Practised for over 5000 years, shirodhara massage originates from India and is based on the ancient principles of Ayurvedic medicine. It derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dhara. Shiro means head and dhara means to flow.
It involves the warm and consistent flow of herbalised oils on the forehead, specifically on the ‘third eye’. This is the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows. It is said to be the seat of human consciousness. The oils are allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating a blissful sensation.
Lying on your back, your body will be cocooned in warmed towels and your head will be positioned under the oil ‘fountain’ – a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils will stream gently onto the forehead.
The philosophy behind Ayurveda is that all disease is caused by an imbalance of energy in the body. To treat illnesses, Ayurveda exercises purification therapy to cleanse the body and restore the balance of life energy by rejuvenation. Shirodhara treatment is one such rejuvenation therapy that is renowned for soothing and healing an agitated nervous system.
Severe illnesses may require multiple treatments to obtain optimum results while minor conditions like insomnia may only take one session for you to sleep soundly at night. Your Ayurvedic doctor at Ayurclinic will determine how many treatments and how often your treatments will be to obtain lasting results. With successive Shirodhara treatments, patients are able to make lifestyle changes easily due to decreased stress.
All your mental demons – fear, anxiety, anger or irritability – dissolve into an ocean of calm as your mind is lulled into a state of serenity and expanded consciousness.
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Benefits of Shirodhara.
Shirodhara is a deeply nurturing psycho-spiritual experience that attunes the body/mind towards spontaneous healing. It is renowned for its ability to release serotonin and encourage a balance of mind body & spirit. It is based on the principle that gentle but constant application of warm oil stimulates healthy blood circulation to the brain. Shirodhara is very beneficial for :-
- deep relaxation and/or stress reduction
- rejuvenation after deep cleansing
- better decision making power
- better clarity and focus
- to quickly recover from jetlag
- to deeply rest and nourish the nervous system
- Visual difficulties
- Psychosis and scattered thoughts
- Anger management
So take some time to go deep & feel totally supported at all levels of your being.