Shirodhara Ayurveda Massage Therapy Bangalore
Shirodhara for Rejuvenation
Shirodhara is usually the usage of specific oils poured continuously on the centre of the forehead, and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. In Sanskrit, ‘shirah’ means head and ‘dhaara’ means flow. The group of nerve endings on the forehead or the Ajna Chakra is responsible for our emotional states. This steady rhythmic pouring of oil allows the body to enter into a state of deep relaxation. Shirodhara can also be further classified based on the medium used for pouring. If oil is used for pouring, it is called tailadhara. Herbal or medicinal oils are used in tailadhara depending on the condition of the person. If buttermilk is used, then it is called as takradhara. Buttermilk can be combined with herbs too. If milk is used, it is called ksheera dhara. Here again, the milk can be combined with herbs. When coconut water or plain water is used, it is called jaladhara. Each of these have their own effect depending on the type of dhara and the medicinal herbs used.
Method – The person who has to undergo the Shirodhara treatment lies on a table. The Shirodhara vessel is a wide mouthed bowl with a small hole at the bottom and a wick is inserted through the hole. This vessel is hung over the head of the person such that the wick is about two inches above the forehead of the person. The vessel is filled with the required medium and is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. A cloth or cotton pad is placed above the forehead to prevent the medium flowing to the eyes. The warm oil or other medium used, is collected, re-circulated, and the process continues for a certain duration as suggested by the practitioner. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair. It is recommended to rest quietly for at least a few hours after this treatment. At Ayurvedagram, lukewarm herbal oil is poured in a continuous stream onto the forehead, while receiving a gentle massage on the head in a Shirodhara therapy. Providing massage has multiple benefits.
Benefits – Shirodhara rejuvenates and revitalizes the body and mind, and relieves stress and strain related problems, slows the aging process, improves memory and is known to have a curative effect for paralysis, insomnia, depression, anxiety, hypertension and other neurological malfunctions. It bestows better vision, better hearing, clears nasal problems and calms the body and mind. Shirodhara ultimately strengthens the physical constitution of the individual.
Duration – 30 minutes
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