Shirodhara has been practised for over 5000 years and it derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dhara.Shiro means head and dhara means to flow. It basically involves the gentle, constant application of warm oil at the chakra point/ third eye (forehead) just above and between the eyebrows. The oils flow over the scalp and through your hair, creating a blissful sensation.
It is an amazing, and relaxing body therapy from the ancient natural medical system Ayurveda, which is renowned for soothing and healing an agitated nervous system. Shirodhara is known to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension.
What to expect
When coming in to experience your first ever Shirodhara massage, you will lie on your back and your body will be cocooned in a warm towel, with your head positioned under the oil ‘fountain’. This is essentially a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the warm oils will stream gently onto the forehead. It will help regulate your mood and leave with feeling relaxed and balanced.
How to prepare before your Shirodhara massage appointment
Since there is oil involved, it is best to come dressed in something comfortable, and more importantly, something you don’t mind getting a bit of oil on (perhaps an old t-shirt). Your hair will also be saturated in oil and it’s best to keep it in your hair for at least a couple of hours following the treatment, overnight would be even better!
You should also eat lightly before your appointment, as Shirodhara has an effect on the digestive system and a coming in with a full stomach is not advised.
Make time to rest after your appointment. Shirodhara cleanses the mind and sense, so avoid any unnecessary noise after your treatment. This could include large crowds in restaurants/ bars, and concerts etc. Make the following few days as peaceful as you can to mentally rest.
After your oil treatment, leaving the oil in your hair is preferred. You can cover your head using an old hat or scarf (again, something you don’t mind getting oil on). If you’re just around the house, using a plastic shower cap also works well.
You should also try to miss coffee for a couple of days. Caffeine creates disharmony in your body and it’s best to be avoided. If you need some extra energy, try having a juice or a piece of fruit.
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:
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
Psychosis and scattered thoughts
Ayurclinic Melbourne offers holistic, gentle treatments that help our patients heal naturally. If you would like to try a shirodhara massage or want to know more about ayurveda, please contact us today for more.
The Ayurvedic Head Massage That Can Help You Through A Busy Week
Stress and exhaustion can stem from all aspects of life, negatively impacting your mind and body. We can sometimes get so caught up in life’s responsibilities that we forget to unwind and take care of our own health and wellbeing.
Whether you are a stay at home mum or work full-time, life can get pretty chaotic causing you to feel physically and mentally depleted of energy and motivation.
The team of experts at Ayurclinic Melbourne know the best way to naturally restore your wellbeing after a busy week, and that’s through an Ayurveda Indian Head Massage. At Ayruclinic, we believe in treating health conditions naturally rather than using conventional forms of medicine.
An Indian Head massage is a unique manipulation of the head, neck and shoulders. Besides making you feel great, there are many benefits to this Ayurvedic Treatment. As a result, it will leave your body feeling better physically and emotionally as it will restore and renew your energy helping the body function a lot more optimally.
The benefits of an ayurvedic head massage:
Massaging the scalp will induce relaxation and stimulate optimal blood flow which will help reduce stress and anxiety, providing clarity and peace. An Indian Head Massage supports the nervous system by alleviating stress, leaving feeling lighter and more at ease.
Pain & Headaches
A number of things can cause knots to form in your upper back and neck. This can cause discomfort, tensions and possibly headaches. By massaging the upper back, shoulders, neck and head it will release tension and relax your muscles, preventing headaches and back pain.
Natural Hair Growth
An Indian Head massage is a great holistic treatment for hair growth. Massaging the scalp will stimulate blood flow and oxygen to the hair follicles and can awaken the roots of the hair, leading to healthy hair growth and regeneration.
As a result of this Ayurvedic treatment, you will feel re-energised, as it will realign your bodies natural energy balance. As a result of this Ayurvedic treatment, you will feel more tranquil due to the many positive physiological effects it has on the body.
Do It Yourself
Start by choosing an oil. This can be olive, almond or coconut.
Sit down with your shoulders back, eyes closed and hands relaxed in your lap.
Start by focusing on your breath. Breathe in from your nose until your body feels completely relaxed.
Begin by massaging the oil into your head, starting from the sides and working towards the top.
Using both hands, gently push your fingers through your hair and begin massaging your head with your fingers. Repeat this 3 times.
Take handfuls of your hair and gently tug at your hair, this will ease tension.
Squeeze the temples with the heels of your hands and making slow circular movements.
Move on to the back of the neck. Begin to squeeze and roll the muscles in the back of your neck working your way down.
Next, place both hands on your head and both of your thumbs at the base of your skull. Begin by creating small circular movements along the occipital ridge using a pressure that suits you.
Place one hand on your opposite shoulder and begin to gently squeeze the muscle near your neck. Slowing work your way outwards down the arm. Repeat this twice on both sides.
Finish by lightly massaging your hands through your hair, from the front of your head to the bottom of your neck, extending the movement to cover your face. Repeat this a few times then allow yourself to relax.
To end your Indian head massage, do some with neck stretches.
If you are feeling tired, stressed or burnt out then contact our team at Ayurclinic today. Our team of experts will help you feel revitalised with a non-invasive Ayurvedic treatment such as an Indian head massage. If you are looking for Ayurveda in Melbourne, then contact us today.
Music is universal all around the world and is a powerful way to change your mood, as it can have a deep effect on your emotions and body. Certain types of music trigger your emotions differently. An example is listening to a fast pace tempo that allows you to feel upbeat and positive, whilst a slower tempo helps you unwind and relax.
Listening to Ayurveda music is a great way to release your stress of the day is to harmonize and balance yourself internally with soothing sounds.
The most relaxing sounds that reduce stress the best are those containing drums, flutes, Indian stringed-instruments, as well as native American and Celtic type sounds. Many people also enjoy listening to the soothing sounds of nature, such as birds, rain, and thunder.
Here are some links to our favourite Ayurveda tracks to help you relax, bring you vitality and joy:
To undergo full relaxation, try syncing your meditation/ yoga with your ayurveda music. This is a great way to harmonize your breathing and life.
Here at Ayur Clinic we also offer yoga. Yoga helps relaxes the body and mind, even in the midst of stressful environments. It enables you to help control your breathing and clear your mind of cluttered thoughts, leaving only deep physical and mental refreshment. There are many benefits of yoga, which you can read here.
Ayur Clinic in Melbourne offers holistic, gentle treatments that help our patients heal naturally. To know more about Ayurveda in Melbourne or Ayurvedic medicine make an appointment with one of our highly experienced practitioners please contact on +61 3 90782940 or email at email@example.com
Every individual is different and unique with which dosha is their ‘dominant’ one or some may even have a mixture between two/ three. By understanding and acknowledging what your main dosha is, this can help you maintain a balance for health reasons and a peace of mind.
Achieving wellness means that your body is physically in good health, as well as referring to your mental health too. Wellness is about being in touch with your body and making conscious decisions in order to achieve a healthy life.