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.
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.
In addition, Shirodhara balances the doshas in the body and
enhances the functioning of the nervous system while delivering a truly
rewarding and divine experience.
Benefits of Shirodhara Treatment:
Relieves Stress: Stressful events may cause the body to go through physical or
emotional changes that can make them anxious, frustrated and angry. Shirodhara
treatment can help to significantly reduce the stress from the mind and body.
Awakening Intuition: The point between the eyebrows is
considered as the ‘Third Eye’ in many Ayurvedic scriptures. As mentioned
earlier, it is the centre of intuition and foresight as well as the point of
spiritual awakening. Shirodhara benefits the mind as it stimulates this point
and opens up the third eye leading to the free-flowing of one’s life forces or
Improves Quality of Sleep: Insomnia and sleep issues have become a
common problem for individuals looking at the fast-paced lifestyle that most of
us follow. The lack of or irregularity in sleep can be extremely exhausting and
lead to lethargy, a decline in decision-making abilities and mental functions
as well as negatively impact the physical and emotional wellbeing. Shirodhara
treatment is known to reduce the cortisol levels in the body thereby
alleviating the symptoms of stress and improving the quality and duration of
Fights Anxiety: Shirodhara therapy is a natural stress buster. With relaxing
head massage and herbal oils, Shirodhara eliminates toxins from the head and
enhances the cognitive functions of the brain. It regulates the levels of
serotonin hormone in the body, which contributes to happiness and wellbeing of
the individual. Consequently, it also reduces the symptoms of anxiety, like
uneasiness, restlessness, cold hands and feet, etc.
Pacifies Vata Doshas: Aggravated Vata Dosha in the body can
lead to unwanted and chaotic thoughts, forgetfulness, restlessness and lack of
attention. Shirodhara is an excellent therapy and remedy to pacify the excess
Vata Dosha. The balancing properties of the herbal oils used in Shirodhara counteract
the cool, light and fluctuating nature of the Vata dosha thereby alleviating
the symptoms of Vata imbalance.
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