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Shirodhara -Ayurvedic Head Massage and its various benefits

Shirodhara is an ayurvedic treatment. Shirodhara breaks into two parts. Shiro means head and dhara means flow. It aims in bringing physical and emotional balance by rejuvenating the spirit and preserving health. The duration of the treatment is one to two hour.
In this, oil is poured over head and massage is given on shoulders and head. The oil that is used is warm oil. A metallic pot is hung above the person’s head. There is a thread coming out of the pot from which there is continuous flow of oil. The head is kept at a slightly lower level than rest of the body. The liquids that are used in this treatment are oils, medicated milk, buttermilk, coconut water and plain water. Towards the end of the treatment, moist towels are used to wrap the body so that warmth is kept within the body.

Some forms of Shirodhara can be categorized in tailadhara, ksheeradhara, takradhara and jaladhara.

Shirodhara is very cooling and especially beneficial during summers. Shirodhara focuses on eliminating diseases of head and Vata disorders affecting neck, eyes, ears, nose and nervous system.

– It brings the positive energy within the person’s body.
– It relaxes the nervous system.
– It lowers metabolism.
– It increases brain integration.
– Once brain is quiet, flow of nutrients, energy and oxygen becomes more free.
– It provides better nourishment for hair and scalp.
– It helps in overcoming insomnia, anxiety, tension, anger, headaches and asthma.
– It helps in treating depression and mood swings.
– The sensation power increases.
– Detoxify body.
– It induces positive energy flow in the body.
– It gives strength to neck and head.
– It cools down the body.

Shirodhara is very effective in case of mental disorders, sleeplessness, diabetic neuropathy, insomnia, chronic headache, migraine, hair fall, psoriasis, paralysis, anxiety, hypertension due to anxiety.
People having low blood pressure, rashes on forehead or any kind of aversion from oils can face problems in shirodhara. Also, pregnant women can face problems.

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