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Updated: Feb 5

Shirodhara is one of the most popular practices in Ayurveda because of the quiet, calm, and introspection it brings to the mind and nervous system. The word Shirodhara derives from two Sanskrit words: Shiro and Dhara. Shiro means head, and Dhara means to flow. It involves the warm and consistent flow of aromatic oils on the forehead, specifically on the "third eye," which is the chakra point just above and between the eyebrows. It is said to be the seat of human consciousness. The oils are allowed to flow over the scalp and through the hair, creating calm and rejuvenation as your mental demons – fear, anxiety, anger, or irritability – dissolve into an ocean of calm as your mind is lulled into a state of serenity and expanded consciousness.

As the oil strokes the third eye, it balances the deepest recesses of the brain, stimulating the endocrine system, the pituitary and pineal glands (for hormonal upsets), and pleasure neurotransmitters (for depression or emotional insecurity). The procedure is also said to synchronize alpha brain waves, enhancing blood circulation to the brain, improving mental clarity, and releasing ama (toxins).

Some of the Benefits

Eliminates imbalances of the head, neck, eyes, ears, and nose.

Dissolves stress and calms the nervous system.

Relieves insomnia, fatigue, tension, anxiety, anger, headaches, hypertension, asthma, and depression.

Rejuvenates the endocrine system, supporting hormonal balancing.

Invigorates the body and mind and heightens the senses.

It opens the third eye, increases intuition, and activates spiritual awareness

Activates the pituitary, pineal, and hypothalamus glands.

Regulates mood and stimulates cognitive memories.

Stimulates the 6th & 7th chakras, which regulate our breathing patterns

It provides deep mental relaxation.

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