Shirodhara comes from the two Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow). It’s an Ayurvedic healing technique that involves having someone pour liquid — usually oil, onto your forehead.
Ayurveda is a holistic health approach that originated in India thousands of years ago. It focuses on rebalancing the life forces, called doshas, within your body.
This procedure induces a relaxed state of awareness that results in a dynamic psycho-somatic balance.
Shirodhara treatment enhances the central nervous system and helps treat psychosomatic diseases like depression and mental fatigue. It also helps exfoliate dead skin cells, relax muscular tension, and balance doshas in the body.
Although Shirodhara being the ultimate restorative and regenerative therapy, has no recorded side effects, one must take proper precautions so that the oil does not enter the eyes or ears during the process.
A combination of each element results in three humors, or doshas, known as vata, kapha, and pitta. These doshas are believed to be responsible for a person’s physiological, mental, and emotional health.