Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy where warm oil (or other liquid) pours in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajna marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system.
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 traditionally done as part of the panchakarma cleansing process using specially prepared shirodhara oil. It is also safe and effective as a stand-alone therapy. NOTE: In Ayurveda, there are numerous benefits to applying oil to the head, body, feet and scalp.
What Does ‘Shirodhara’ Mean?The term shirodhara is a union of two words. ‘Shir‘ means head and ‘dhara‘ means pouring in a stream or sprinkling. Shirodhara means the pouring of a liquid medicine in a continuous stream over the head of a client for a stipulated amount of time.
This treatment is a type of ‘murdha taila’ procedure. This refers to application of oil on the head or murdha. Application of oil can be done in various ways:
Shiro Abhyanga – Massaging the head with herbal oils for a fixed duration of time, usually 30-40 minutes.
Shiro Seka / Shiro dhara – A procedure in which herbal oils or medicated liquids like milk or buttermilk are poured in a stream over the receiver’s head for a fixed duration of time, usually 35-45 minutes or 60 minutes.
Shiro Pichu – The application of a cotton pad dipped in oil over the head.
Shiro Basti (Vasti) – This procedure involves a cap that is sealed to the head with wet, black gram flour. It is filled with herbal oils and held there for a stipulated time.
Investment in Yourself: Shirodhara treatments are priced based on a sliding scale starting at $55 for a half an hour session and increasing to $75-$108 for an hour or 90 minutes, depending on your personal needs. Ayurvedic Oils and are chosen Organic Milk products are chosen for your specific dosha and health needs. What's a Dosha? Contact Melissa to find out how to find your dosha.
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