What is Shirodhara?
Shirodhara is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy. In Sanskrit, it derives from two words Shiro means head and dhara means to flow or continuous flow. Slow and steady flow of warm medicated oil over the forehead is Shirodhara. It brings doshas in balance producing a state of harmony immediately relaxing body, calming mind and bring divine peace.
Medicated oil flowing over third eye chakra stimulates the rich nerves in the area. The third eye is located near the pineal gland, which is responsible for secreting melatonin that controls biological clock and serotonin needed for emotional wellbeing. The subtle vibration from the flowing oil enhances human consciousness and makes you anxiety or fear disappear.
- Great for instant calm and rejuvenation.
- Balances Vata dosha especially disturbed praan Vayu.
- Stimulating third eye chakra enhances consciousness.
- Relives stress nervousness, anxiety.
- Improves depression, insomnia, and negative thought patterns.
- Reduces, fatigue, restlessness, irritability.
- Relieves tension headaches, migraines, and tired eyes.
- Improves softness and aging line on face
At Ayuspa we offer shirodhara in a well designed comfortable and tranquil environment, You lie down on your back with eyes softly closed on a purpose built droni (wooden motherly table.) Your neck back area knees are well supported by soft cushions. We make sure you are warm and cosy. A shirodhara pot with a teat at the bottom is hung over your forehead. Depending on dosha, an accurate temperature medicated oil, milk, concoction of milk and oil or buttermilk is poured into the shirodhara pot. Your head is gently massaged while you relax. Your therapist then starts uninterrupted flow of chosen liquid for an extended period of time. Soft background music plays and toward the conclusion of the session you are left alone for few minutes to be enthralled by the magical experience you have just had. Some people describe a sense of spiritual wakening or deepening as their consciousness is enhanced. This is your personal moment and personal experience. Most people cherish these moments alone when they reflect on positive affirmations during the session
At Ayuspa we have carefully created three options for this profoundly relaxing therapy:
Option 1. Single session 1 hour $170. Includes gentle head massage,
Option 2. Package of 3 sessions. includes gentle head massage and guided meditation. Minimum three sessions are recommended for optimum results. Duration 1-1/2 Hours for 3 (480 instead of 510)
Option 3. Includes Indian head massage, Whole body abhyanga. Duration 3 hours $ 300
After care: It is important to have restful quiet time after the therapy. Please do not plan any intense meeting or do physical activity. Your hair gets very oily after shirodhara. We recommend to keep the oil in the hair for at least 2-3 hours (ideally 24 hours) before washing. The oil continues to be absorbed even after the session is over. Preferably wash your hair sitting in the bath, using warm water from a bucket and jug. Standing in hot shower only allows water to gush over your head and disturbs restored positive energy. Preferably eat vegetarian warm light meal and early bed.
Ask Dr Rachna Kumar www.ayuspa.co.nz 0270802472