Know about Shirodhara, An Ancient Ayurvedic Massage

The Shirodhara is a special treatment, where medicated oil is poured on the forehead and head in a systematic manner. This is said tocure paralysis, psychiatric and neurological ailments. Diseases of the head and neck and specifically facial paralysis call for Shirovasthi.

Practiced for over 5000 years, shirodhara massage originates from India and is based on the ancient principles of Ayurvedic medicine. Translated from the Sanskrit as a holistic healing science, Ayurveda aims to harmonise the body, mind, senses and soul.

Ayurveda may be an ancient Indian therapy but its appeal is thoroughly modern. This holistic system of diet, herbal remedies and massage has been a big hit with thousands of celebrities, spa-goers and harried workers all around the world, looking to regain a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Shirodhara is a luxuriant and easy way to achieve instant calm and rejuvenation. It derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dharaShiro 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’. This 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 a blissful sensation.

Health and beauty spas that offer shirodhara are careful to create a comfortable and tranquil environment with atmospheric background music and a soft treatment table.

Lying on your back, your body will be cocooned in warmed towels and your head will be positioned under the oil ‘fountain’ – a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the oils will stream gently onto the forehead.

The soothing and fragrant oils flow in a continuous, rhythmic stream for approximately 30 minutes – you’re guaranteed to be transported to a calm place in no time! The herbal oils will flow back freely, also nourishing the hair and scalp before they are captured in a basin below.

All 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 synchronise alpha brain waves, enhancing blood circulation to the brain, improving mental clarity and generally releasing deeply trapped ama, or toxins.

You are then left for a few minutes to relax and assimilate the experience. Best of all, you’ll emerge with a heightened state of awareness and a long-lasting sense of peace to equip you for any of life’s challenges. Shirodhara truly honours the body as a sacred temple and a vehicle for the divine spirit within.

Places where you get a Shirodhara Massage in Chennai

Hindustan Lever’s Ayush Therapy Centre and Cholayil Sanjeevanam have their centres in several parts of Chennai including Anna Nagar, Kilpauk, Adyar, Nungambakkam, Mogappair, Royapuram.

Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute

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Posted on February 16, 2012, in Attractions, Fashion, Medical and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. wonderful….thanks for sharing

  2. It is an amazing experience! I tried it at Kerala, two weeks back and went off to sleep during the session.Awesome stress buster

  3. I got this web site from my buddy who shared with me on the topic of this web page and now this time I am visiting this web page and reading very informative articles here.

  4. Good way of describing, and good piece of writing to obtain facts on the topic of my presentation subject, which i am going to convey in institution of higher education.

  5. Really helpful actually.. Because Shirodhara is totally affect our axons and neurons of neural network system. If possible post more article based on SPA therapy.

    Thanks.

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