The efficacy of ancient Ayurveda is wide, varied and timeless. Shirodhara is one form of treatment which has immense impact on the nervous system.
Meaning Of Shirodhara
Shirodhara is a word which comprises of two terms – shiro (head) and dhara (pouring in steam or sprinkling). This natural therapy performed in India for the last 5000 years acts to calm and relax your mind and has a cleansing effect on the nerves. Oil is poured on the forehead from a specific height continuously and in a rhythmic way allowing the oil to run through the scalp and into the hair and penetrating the nervous system. The soothing warmth of the oil pressure makes the mind, body, and nervous system experience a state of rest, just like meditation.
How Is Shirodhara Beneficial?
For people suffering from imbalance of Vata and Pitta, Shirodhara is the established medicine practice. Its benefits are multiple. Read on –
- Relieves stress and anxiety
- Promotes better sleep (when taken with milk)
- Improves concentration
- Reduces eye disorder
- Reduces ageing
- Increases the blood circulation of head and brain
- Lowers high blood pressure
- Improves the vision
- Clears the nasal problems
Who Should Not Get Shirodhara?
Women in the third trimester of pregnancy and those with rashes or sunburns on the scalp or on the forehead should avoid taking Shirodhara.
Other health conditions in which Shirodhara should not be taken include cuts on the head, brain tumor, recent neck injury, fever/chills, nausea, vomiting, acute illness, severe weakness, exhaustion, fainting or spontaneous sweating.
How To Make Shirodhara Effective?
Are you new to Shirodhara? Before getting the therapy from a qualified and trained therapist, here are few points that need to be kept in mind:
- Observe Silence: During Shirodhara, all efforts should be made to keep the atmosphere calm and peaceful. Cellphones should be kept silent, there should be no music playing, no interruptions and no conversations. Any amount of noise will disrupt the experience from benefiting from Shirodhara and gaining mental peace.
- Keep a tab of the room temperature: In cooler climates and during the cooler seasons of the year, the room where you plan to get Shirodhara done should be warm. Since the head will be wet with oil during the treatment, the client should not feel cold in the process. In the warmer months, air-conditioned rooms should be avoided. Few blankets can be kept aside for people who are susceptible to cold.
Apart from this, proper Shirodhara oil should be chosen keeping in mind the climate and one’s body constitution.
Follow-up is as important as the main process of Shirodhara. Stay away from caffeine for a few days as it tends to create disharmony in the body. Try juice or a piece of fresh fruit, instead. Eat khichdi for few days. It is light and delicious, nutritious and easy to digest too. Plus, it assists in the cleansing process.
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