The word shirodhara breaks down into two ideas: “shiro,” meaning head, and “dhara,” which means flow. Together they form a concept that aims to bring physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. It is an excellent treat to either start, end (or both!) a seasonal detox program.
Shirodhara works primarily on the mental sheath or “manomaya kosha” as it is referred to in Ayurveda. It is here that the mind holds on to past impressions that create imbalanced desires and habitual patterns of behaviour. These impressions are held captive in the limbic system of the emotional cortex of the brain.
A controlled flow of warm dosha specific oil, teas or milks are gently poured over the “Ajana” or Third Eye Chakra in a steady, slow stream which moves down and over the “Suhasrara” or Crown Chakra.
More Indepth Benefits of Shirodhara Therapy
- Eliminates diseases of head (chronic headaches, insomnia)
- Relieves disorders affecting neck, eyes, ears, and sinuses, asthma
- Helps overcome stress and its ill effects on nervous system (anxiety, anger)
- Releases stored emotions and purifies the mind.
- Invigorates the body and mind and stimulate cognitive memories.
- Disperses accumulated negative electrical impulses within the brain
- Synchronizing alpha brain waves
- Works in conjunction with addiction therapies.
- Opens the third eye, and increases spirituality
- Heightens the senses.
- Increases intuition.
- Activates the pituitary gland.
- Activates the memory
- Stimulates the 6 & 7th chakras which regulates our breathing patterns
More and more Western spas are awakening to the benefits of Ayurveda and you can google a search for local practitioners. If you are in the GTA I highly recommend contacting Dr. Ismat at the CAISH Insitiute (Centre for Ayurvedic and Indian Systems of Healing) http://caish.ca (please also see link on the blogroll at the bottom of this website!) I will be incorporating it into my healing treatments myself, hopefully by the Spring of 2015! I strongly recommend giving this technique a try, and sharing your experience with me, by the fireside 🙂