Sirodhara is usually the usage of specific oils poured continuously on the centre of the forehead, and can be one of the steps involved in Panchakarma. In Sanskrit, ‘shirah’ means head and ‘dhara’ means flow. The group of nerve endings on the forehead or the Ajna Chakra is responsible for our emotional states. This steady rhythmic pouring of oil allows the body to enter into a state of deep relaxation. Sirodhara can also be further classified based on the medium used for pouring. If oil is used for pouring, it is called Tailadhara. Herbal or medicinal oils are used in Tailadhara depending on the condition of the person. If buttermilk is used, then it is called as Thakradhara. Buttermilk can be combined with herbs too. If milk is used, it is called Ksheera dhara. Here again, the milk can be combined with herbs. When coconut water or plain water is used, it is called Jaladhara. Each of these has their own effect depending on the type of dhara and the medicinal herbs used.
The person who has to undergo the Sirodhara treatment lies on a table. The Sirodhara vessel is a wide mouthed bowl with a small hole at the bottom and a wick is inserted through the hole. This vessel is hung over the head of the person such that the wick is about two inches above the forehead of the person. The vessel is filled with the required medium and is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. A cloth or cotton pad is placed above the forehead to prevent the medium flowing to the eyes. The warm oil or other medium used is collected, re-circulated, and the process continues for certain duration as suggested by the practitioner. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair.
- Stimulates the 3rd eye and crown chakras, and awakens intuition and inner wisdom.
- Relieves stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia through natural serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin release.
- Helps mental focus and concentration.
- Balances VATA DOSHA.
- Works on the cerebral system, helps to relax the nervous system, and balances the 'Praan Vaayu' (life force energy) around the head.
- Improves the sensitivity of five senses.
- Reduces and relieves migraine headaches.
- Decreases hair loss and fatigue and makes one calm and refreshed.
- Deeply relaxes mind and body.
- Releases negative emotions and thought patterns.
- Improves sleep patterns.
- Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines.
- Heightens the senses.
- Increases spiritual awareness.
- Pacifies Vata reducing anxiety, restlessness, irritability, nervousness, fear & excessive thinking.
- Improves mental focus and concentration.
These benefits are further enhanced after a massage or Abhyangam, when the body is already relaxed and in a receptive state.
Duration: 45 minutes