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What Is Shirodhara Treatment?

Ayurveda - The Vedic Philosophy Of Healing

Now more than ever, we are looking for experiences that help us relieve stress and tension. The ancient science of Ayurveda holds the answers to this quest for peacefulness.

Having originated in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is a Vedic discipline that has long been an advocate of holistic wellbeing. It is based on the belief that the mind, body and soul are part of singular universal energy. When the three elements are out of sync, we experience sickness and discomfort. But when the elements align with universal energy, we experience good health.

Treatments available under the Ayurvedic discipline are designed keeping in mind the above principle. Ayurveda aims to heal physical and mental ailments while upholding emotional well-being and keeping the soul connection alive.

Ayurvedic Treatments At Fazlani’s

At Fazlani Natures Nest, we offer various kinds of Ayurvedic treatments like Basti, Abhyangam, Pizhichil, Anuvasana Vasti, Vamana, Nasya, and Shirodhara, amongst others. The most relaxing treatment of all is the Shirodhara treatment, known for rebalancing the three doshas within the body. 

The human body is composed of five elements, i.e. earth, space, fire, air, and water called ‘Panchamahabhutas’. These manifest in the body as three doshas called Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. These doshas are responsible for creating, maintaining and destroying body tissues as well as assimilating and eliminating them. Shirodhara treatment strives to balance these doshas to improve the overall functioning of the body. 

What Exactly Happens During A Shirodhara Treatment?

The word ‘Shirodhara’ is a combination of two Sanskrit words, where ‘Shiro’ means head and ‘Dhara’ means liquid. In Shirodhara treatment, you are asked to lie down while a liquid of choice, which may be a mixture of oil and herbs, water, buttermilk, or animal milk is poured onto the forehead. This liquid gently drips over your forehead, between your eyebrows. Your eyes are covered with a light cloth for protection. A body, scalp or head massage follows either before or after the treatment.

Benefits Of Shirodhara Treatment

The liquids poured on the forehead produce a soothing sensation on the head muscles, with the effect seeping through the nerves and passing on to the brain. This calms the hypothalamus and helps in treating conditions like insomnia and hypertension. The massage which is part of the treatment is also said to bring down serotonin levels thereby relaxing the mind and relieving tension. 

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. Treat yourself to this wondrous experience at Fazlani and feel rested and reinvigorated!