Updated: Feb 20
Ayurveda has been practiced in India for more than 5000 years, and means the "Knowledge of Life". Ayurveda is considered the mother of all medicines including Western, Chinese, and surgical.
Ayurveda differs from many other medical practices because it looks to the root cause of disease or disharmony and then treats the whole person: body, mind, and spirit.
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 has a balancing effect on 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 generally releasing deeply trapped ama, or 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
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
Provides deep mental relaxation