Practiced for more than 5,000 years, Shirodhara oil treatment originates from India and is based on the ancient principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Translated from the Sanskrit as a holistic healing science, Ayurveda aims to harmonize the body, mind, senses, and soul.Ayurveda may be an ancient Indian therapy, but its appeal is thoroughly modern. This holistic system of diet, herbal remedies, and massage has become popular with thousands of celebrities, spa-goers and harried workers all around the world who wish to regain a balanced and healthy life.
Shirodhara is a luxuriant and easy way to achieve instant calm and rejuvenation. The term Shirodhara is derived from the two Sanskrit words: shiro, meaning head, and dhara, meaning to flow. It involves the warm and consistent flow of aromatic oils on the forehead, specifically on the “third eye.” This is the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows and is said to be the seat of human consciousness. The oils flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating a blissful sensation.
Lifeinbalance offers Shirodhara in a tranquil environment with soft background music and a comfortable treatment table. Lying on your back, your head will be positioned under the oil “fountain” – a copper vessel with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils stream gently onto your forehead.
The soothing and fragrant oils flow in a continuous stream for about 30 minutes. You’re quickly transported to a calm place! The sesame oil also nourishes your hair and scalp before they are captured in a basin below.
All your mental demons, like fear, anxiety, anger, or irritability, dissolve into an ocean of calm. Your mind is lulled into a state of serenity and some people even experience a state of expanded consciousness.
As the oil flows onto the third eye, it is said to have a balancing effect on the deepest recesses of the brain, while stimulating the endocrine system’s pituitary and pineal glands. The procedure is also said to synchronize alpha brain waves, enhance blood circulation to the brain, improve mental clarity, and release deeply trapped toxins.
Once the oil flow is complete, you then relax for a few minutes to assimilate the experience.
Shirodhara is a unique form of ancient therapy of pouring oil on the forehead from a specific height and for a specific period continuously and rhythmically allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair.
Person is made lie in supine position on dhara table. Eyes and ears are covered with cotton in order to protect it from the overflow of the decoction or oil. Slowly the dhara pot is oscillated and the oil is made to flow on the head in a rhythmic manner which invigorate your mind and body leading to a deep tranquil effect. The procedure is done for at least 45 min.
This results in a fantastic sense of deep relaxation and inner peace. It works on the cerebral system, helps in relaxing the nervous system and balancing the Prana Vayu around the head. It improves the function of five senses, helps in insomnia, stress, anxiety, depression, hair loss, fatigue, imbalance of Vata and makes one calm and fresh.