Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy consisting of warm, dosha-specific oils and herbs poured 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 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 and relaxation, similar to meditation.

According to Ayurveda Shirodhara is beneficial for Vata and Pitta dosha.  When out of balance, Vata dosha exhibits as fear, insecurity, worry, racing thoughts.  Out of balance Pitta dosha exhibits as anger, irritability, frustration, judgmental, and hyper focused.

Shirodhara reestablishes the functional integrity between all doshic subtypes which helps alleviate stress, caused by prana vayu, sadaka pitta, and tarpaka kapha imbalances.

Shirodhara can help with:

  • Mental and emotional balance
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Disorders of the nervous system
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Fear
  • Headaches
  • Depression
  • Jet lag
  • Hypertension

Post-Shirodhara Tips

Wash your hair like this

The easiest way to remove the oil from your hair is to add the shampoo to your hair before adding water. The shampoo will grab hold of the oil so it can be easily rinsed out.

Avoid Caffeine For A Few Days

Caffeine creates disharmony in the body. It deranges all of the doshas and will have an immediate negative effect on your nervous system. If you are in need of a pick-me-up try juice or a piece of fresh fruit.

Enjoy Some Kitchari

Kitchari is a light and delicious stew that is highly nutritious and also easy to digest. Enjoying kitchari post-shirodhara will assist in the cleansing process and help maintain the balance of the doshas.

For a delicious Kitchari recipe by one my clients and chef, ‘Cooking with Om’, click here.

45 minutes = $170

30 minutes = $160

(includes a 60 minute abhyanga massage prior to shirodhara treatment)