Numerous treatments exist under the umbrella of Ayurvedic bodywork. When visiting an Ayurvedic spa or medical facility, treatments are selected based upon your goals, state of health, and prakruti (doshic imbalance). Most often, a series of three to six treatments is recommended to detoxify the body and rejuvenate the mind. However, there are several stand-alone treatments that are powerful enough to offer measurable benefits with a single session. Shirodhara is one such example.
Shirodhara is a form of Ayurveda therapy that involves gently pouring liquids over the forehead and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. The name comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow). The liquids used in shirodhara depend on what is being treated, but can include oil, milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water.
Shirodhara may begin with a full body massage known as Abhyangam. Shirodhara also involves a head massage. Shirodhara is thought to work by relaxing the hypothalamus in the brain. It can also normalize the functions of hormones that regulate sleep and emotions.
- Counteracts the Effects of Stress
- Reduces Anxiety
- Awakens Intuition
- Improves Sleep Quality
- Pacifies Vata Dosha