Shirodhara comes from the two Sanskrit words “shiro” (head) and “dhara” (flow). It’s an Ayurvedic healing technique that involves having someone pour liquid — usually oil, milk, buttermilk, or water — onto your forehead. It’s often combined with a body, scalp, or head massage.
- Shirodhara is said to have relaxing, soothing, and calming effects on the body and mind.
- Research also suggests that shirodhara may help improve sleep quality
- Lessen anxiety
- Reduce stress
Depending on the patient’s condition, oil, milk, water, or buttermilk flows onto the forehead in a steady stream from a suspended earthen pot or metal pipe. It’s followed by a head and body massage.
Shirodhara is a holistic health treatment that originated in India thousands of years ago. This treatment is done to rebalance doshas within your body.