Shirodhara
What Is Shirodhara?
Shiro means head and Dharameans flow. During this therapy, a liquid is poured over the forehead of the client for a certain period of time which helps in restoring health and providing deep relaxation. In this procedure, the client first lies down on the table and oleation (Abhyanga) is performed. Afterwards, herbal or non-herbal liquid such as plain sesame oil (Tailadhara), herbal milk (Ksheeradhara), herbal buttermilk (Takradhara) or water, especially coconut water (Jaladhara), depending upon the situation is poured slowly and steadily over the forehead from a specific distance, for a specific period of time and in a specific manner. This process is continued for 20 to 45 minutes with an increase of 5 minutes every day. It may be done for 7, 14 or 21 days in succession.
 
Regular Shirodhara may alleviate dandruff, hair loss, headache (due to Vata dosha), mental stress, insomnia, depression, motor neuron diseases, and several kinds of mental disorders including schizophrenia. It is indicated for boils, pricking pain and burning sensation on the head

Due to the warming effect of the oil used in this procedure, there is local vasodilatation, and proper blood circulation which helps in regularizing the blood supply of the brain. Shirodhara has a sedative effect on the hyperactive limbic system, caused by stress. As the client concentrates on a particular place, the thought process decreases, and the entire psycho-physiology relaxes.

During Shirodhara, the flow of liquid on the space between the eyebrows (Agna Chakra) is the seat of the pituitary and pineal gland. It regulates stimulation of these glands and helps in hormonal balance. It also normalizes elevated cortisone and adrenaline levels, synchronizes brain waves (alpha waves), strengthens the mind and its effect is continued even after relaxation.

Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy evolved and practiced in Kerala Ayurvedic system. Warm oil (or other liquid) pours in a continuous stream over the forehead or ‘ajna marma’, an area where nerves are highly concentrated. The pressure of the oil onto the forehead creates a vibration. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp and penetrates into the nervous system. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of the oil allow the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation. Shirodhara is traditionally done as part of the Panchakarma cleansing process using specially prepared shirodhara oil. It is also safe and effective as a stand-alone therapy.

Benefits:

• Strengthens central nervous system (CNS)
• Strengthens sensory organs
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Decreases hypertension
• Offers sound sleep

Ailments & conditions treated with Shirodhara :

• Headache
• Migraine
• Hair loss
• Dandruff
• Premature Greying
• Dementia
• Memory Loss
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Hemiplegia
• Paralysis
Swedana
 Sudation – Detoxifying Therapy

The process of inducing sweat is known as sudation (swedana). Sudation is performed following oil massage (abhyanga) therapy. It has a relaxing and detoxifying effect on the body. It gives relief from stiffness (Stambhaghna), heaviness (Gauravaghna) and coldness (Shitaghna) of the body.
Sudation is used for diseases caused by the vitiation of Vata and Kapha dosha, cough, cold, hiccup, asthma and pain in the ear, neck and head. It is also useful in stiffness and heaviness in the body, body pain, hip pain, backache, painful musculoskeletal diseases and sciatica.
Proper sudation increases the metabolic rate, causing vasodilatation and profuse sweating. It cleanses the channels (srotomukhasodhana).

Benefits
Increases blood circulation
Relieves pain
Relaxes muscle spasms
Nourishes the skin

It helps remove impurities from the body by stimulating lymphatic circulation and drainage
Ideal sweating therapy provides pacification of cold and pain, a reduction in stiffness and heaviness, and softness or tenderness of body parts.

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