Ayurveda's realm is a marvellous universe, brimming with therapeutic wonders that can revive and rejuvenate the body, mind, and soul. We firmly believe in following relaxing and rejuvenating practices that should be integrated into our daily lives continuously rather than waiting until illness strikes.
One particularly noteworthy Ayurvedic therapy is ‘Shirodhara,’ an ancient treatment renowned for its exceptional preventative and curative properties. This time-honoured technique offers remarkable benefits to the body, making it a valuable addition to one's wellness routine.
What Is Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is a timeless Ayurvedic therapy that involves the gradual and deliberate application of medicated oils or decoctions to the forehead. This technique promotes heightened relaxation that leads to a harmonious balance of the mind and body. During the Shirodhara treatment, one can experience profound sensations of well-being, mental clarity, and understanding.
According to Ayurvedic principles, Shirodhara is recommended when there is an excess of Vata and Pitta Doshas in the mind and body. An elevation of Vata dosha can cause insomnia, racing thoughts, anxiety, stress, dryness, hair loss, pain, and discomfort, while an increased Pitta dosha can lead to anger, irritability, frustration, burning sensations, migraines, and premature greying of the hair. Shirodhara is highly regarded for addressing these imbalances and providing relief from such concerns.
Traditionally, Shirodhara is performed as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process in Ayurveda. However, this therapy is also highly effective as a standalone treatment, delivering remarkable benefits to those seeking a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
What Are The Different Types Of Shirodhara?
There are numerous Shirodhara treatments, and the type recommended depends on the condition and the treatment needed. Below are a few of them:
Kashayadhara: Kashayadhara uses medicated decoction of oils and potent herbs, depending on the receiver's condition.
Thailadhara: Thailadhara uses medicated oil for Shirodhara treatment.
Ksheerdhara: Ksheerdhara uses medicated milk infused with herbs for the Shirodhara treatment. It is essential to maintain the temperature of the milk lukewarm throughout the process.
Takradhara: Takradhara involves using medicated buttermilk for the treatment. The buttermilk is infused with equal parts of herbal decoction.
Kwathadhara: Kwathadhara is done with a decoction made from various potent herbs depending upon the condition.
Jaladhara: Jaladhara is recommended in case of Pitta imbalance where the main ingredient is Coconut Water used for Shirodhara.
How Do You Perform Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is recommended after 7-14 days and is administered for about 30-90 minutes, depending upon the condition and the need of the individual.
-Before Shirodhara is performed, your head and scalp will be massaged with oil for about 5-10 minutes to stimulate your senses.
-Lie on the back with your neck resting on a small pillow or towel for support.
-The Shirodhara process begins with pouring oil or the recommended medium. The pot is hung over the head, so there should be a distance of about 10cm from your forehead.
-A continuous stream of warm/lukewarm oil is poured onto the forehead. The oil is poured in gentle oscillating motions from one side to another.
-This helps the oil penetrate deeper into the nervous system, which helps the individual relax during the session and feel rejuvenated post it.
-The extra oil is recollected in the pre-heated pot and filled again into the pot overhead. The Ayurvedic expert continues the rhythmic movement for about 30-90 minutes, depending upon the condition.
-Once the process is over, the excess oil is wiped off, and the individual stays in a lying position for another 30-60 minutes for the oil to seep into your scalp and for the ultimate relaxing experience.
What Are The Benefits Of Shirodhara?
There are numerous benefits of Shirodhara on the mind and body, as stressful events often cause physical, emotional or mental disruptions within us. Regular Shirodhara promotes calmness and stability of mind. Here are some of the benefits of Shirodhara:
. Stabilises Nervous System
. Treats Insomnia
. Pacifies Vata Dosha
. Improved Blood Circulation
. Relieves Migraine Headaches
. Aids Mental Focus and Concentration
. Lowers High Blood Pressure
. Decreases Hair Loss and Fatigue
. Reduces Stress & Anxiety
Although it is exceptionally beneficial, individuals suffering from balance issues, those dealing with trauma or injury to the head and those with low body temperature are advised against undergoing the session.