Shirodhara is a form of Ayurvedic therapy used in Panchakarma. The gentle pressure and the soothing warms of the oil allow the body, mind and the nervous system experience a deep state of rest.
To receive Shirodhara a client lies down on a massage table and 2 liters specially prepared warm herbal oil is poured in a thin steady stream directly onto the forehead for 60 minutes. In Panchakarma Shirodhara usually begins with Abhyanga
According to Ayurveda, Shirodhara is beneficial for all Doshas. The action and qualities of the liquid used counters the qualities of the out of balance doshas.
Benefits of Shirodhara:
- relaxes the mind
- promotes better sleep
- improves concentration
- nourishes the hair and scalp
- reduces anxiety and fear
- reduces memory problems
The 3 types of Shirodhara:
- sneha dhara – uses herbal oils
- ksheer dhara – uses herbal milk4
- takra dhara – uses herbal buttermilk