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"Shirodhara" is a traditional Ayurvedic method of healing that brings the mind, body, and soul to a harmonious level. Recognized as one of the most purifying and rejuvenating treatments, Shirodhara is designed in such a way that it not only eliminates harmful, defectively transformed biological accumulations and toxins from the body but also relieves stress, gets rid of mental exhaustion, and treats a variety of disorders.

The term "Shirodhara" comes from two Sanskrit words, where "Shiro" means head and "dhara" implies "pouring." Together, they infer the dripping or pouring of warm herbal Ayurvedic oils, medicated milk or butter milk, decoctions, tender coconut water, etc., on the forehead from a specific height for a specific period of time in a continuous stream, allowing the liquid to run through the scalp and down into the hair, accompanied with a gentle massage over the scalp rhythmically.

Shirodhara Ayurveda: Procedure

If you’re new to shirodhara, it’s best to work with a professional who’s been trained in Ayurvedic practices (more on how to find one later).

At the start of the appointment, you’ll be asked to lie on your back and relax. Next, the practitioner will heat up the liquid so it roughly matches your body temperature and place it in a bowl. They may hold the bowl over your head or use a stand.

Either way, the liquid will gently drip through a small hole in the bottom of the bowl, landing between your eyebrows. Your eyes will be covered with a lightweight barrier for protection. The whole process generally lasts anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes. It might involve a massage before or after the treatment.

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