Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy in which a continuous stream of warm oil is poured onto the forehead (specifically the “third eye” or “ajna” chakra) in a rhythmic manner. It is believed to have a calming and soothing effect on the mind and body and is often used for stress reduction and to promote relaxation.
During a Shirodhara treatment, the person receiving the therapy lies on a comfortable treatment table with a small trough or “dhara” above their forehead. The therapist then pours the warm oil (usually sesame oil or coconut oil) onto the forehead in a continuous stream, allowing it to flow over the scalp and hair. The therapist may also massage the head and scalp during the treatment.
Shirodhara is typically done in a series of treatments, with each treatment lasting about 45-60 minutes. It is important to note that Shirodhara should only be performed by a trained and qualified Ayurvedic therapist.
In addition to its use for stress reduction and relaxation, Shirodhara is also believed to have other potential health benefits. It is thought to support healthy sleep, support healthy skin, and support healthy hair.
It is important to note that while Shirodhara may have some potential health benefits, it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. It is always best to consult with a qualified healthcare provider before starting any new supplement or treatment regimen.