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.
Most importantly, Shirodhara can help synchronize aplpha brain waves, enhance blood circulation to the brain, and improve mental clarity and help to release deeply trapped toxins.
Additional benefits of Shirodhara include:
- Mental and emotional balance
- Relieve Insomnia
- Improve hormonal imbalances
- Relieve disorders of the nervous system
- Alleviate adrenal Fatigue
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Reduce fear
- Alleviate headaches
- Reduce depression
- Alleviate jet lag
- Reduce hypertension
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.
Abhyanga treatment + Shirodhara therapy (total time 1.5 – 2 hours) = $225