Shirodhara is an ancient method of Ayurvedic healing that can help one find harmony within the mind, body and spirit for holistic wellbeing.
It is one of the most essential therapies mentioned in Ayurveda that can not only rejuvenate and purify the body but also relieves stress, mental fatigue and treats several disorders.
The word ‘Shirodhara’ is derived from two Sanskrit words – ‘Shiro’ meaning the head and ‘Dhara’ meaning stream, pour or flow.
Together, it means to pour or drip lukewarm herbal oils on the forehead in a continuous stream. During the therapy, the oil is poured from a certain height for a specific time to allow it to run through the scalp and into the hair.
It stimulates a vital point on the head called the ‘Ajna Marma’ or the ‘Maha-Marma’, which brings stability in the mind and consciousness.
According to Ayurveda, the Ajna Marma is the key point through which vital life force or ‘Prana’ circulates. It is also known as the centre of intuition and is called the ‘Third-Eye Chakra’ as well.
Types Of Shirodhara
Benefits of Shirodhara
- An ultimate relaxation and rejuvenation technique
- Restore natural and sound sleep
- Enhances blood circulation to brain
- Improves memory and cognitive power
- Nourishes hair and scalp
- Manages blood pressure
- Prevents hair loss and premature greying
- Rebalance the nervous system in overstressed and depressed person
- Improves vitality of body and mind
- Relieves vertigo
- Good for eyes
- Indicated in neurological disorders and schizophrenia