Experience the Power of Shirodhara Treatment at Nimba
By: Nimba Experts - December 11, 2020
An ancient science, Ayurveda originated in India centuries ago. It focuses on restoring the balance of the life forces called doshas in the body. There are three doshas, namely Vatt (wind), Pith (bile) and Kapha (phlegm), and Ayurveda brings a balance amongst these three.
A blend of two Sanskrit words, “Shiro” (meaning: head) and “Dhara” (meaning: flow), Shirodhara is an essential healing technique in the field of Ayurveda. In Shirodhara treatment, a liquid such as oil, milk, buttermilk or water is poured with a controlled consistency onto the forehead. Generally, the treatment concludes with a relaxing scalp or head massage.
Shirodhara treatment has a very calming effect on the mind and body. It relaxes the person and has a soothing effect on the mind. Research has also found that it can improve sleep quality, deal with insomnia better, and also reduce stress and anxiety. Moreover, this treatment is considered to be additionally beneficial during the winter months, for it brings a beneficial balance in the body, making it a remarkable winter therapy.
First, you will be asked to lie down on your back and relax. Then, the liquid you choose for your Shirodhara will be heated to match your body temperature which will then be placed in a bowl with a hole in it. This bowl is either hung by a stand or held by the practitioner over your head.
The heated liquid will drip through the hole in the bowl in a way that it lands between your eyebrows. If you want, this treatment can be followed by a massage. Shirodhara treatment approximately lasts for 30 to 90 minutes and is extremely relaxing.
The most popular oil used in Shirodhara treatment is sesame oil because it is neutral and mixes well with essential oils. However, you can choose coconut oil, kseerabala oil, mahanarayan oil or clarified butter as an alternative, and if you do not want to use any oil altogether, you can opt for water, coconut water, animal milk or buttermilk. Additionally, your practitioner may mix a variety of essential oils or ayurvedic herbs for a better healing process.
If you have an allergy or any skin sensitivity, inform your practitioner beforehand. We hope this information helped you and you get the best Shirodhara treatment for yourself.
Based on the studies conducted on a handful of people for the effect of Shirodhara treatment, it has been observed that there are no negative effects of it. Which means that even if it doesn’t benefit you in terms of stress reduction or anxiety reduction, it will help you in calming your mind and soothing your body.
At Nimba, the science of Ayurveda is taken with utmost seriousness. Our experts delve into the emotional, psychological, physical, and spiritual traits of the patient during the treatment that would bring them in harmony.
We welcome our visitors to experience holistic healing at a deeper level with the power of Ayurvedic Shirodhara treatments.