Shirodhara is a part of the traditional Ayurveda detox therapy which focuses upon one's psychological well being. An ayurvedic procedure to detox your mind of stress and mental anxieties, this therapy is also called 'Bliss therapy' by some due to the relaxing feel-good effect it produces.
Shirodhara is a combination of two Sanskrit words, Shiro and Dhara meaning 'head' and 'thread' respectively. Usually of 30-minute to an hour-long process, the physiological changes from the therapy are comparable to that of meditation and usually involves medicated oil/buttermilk/milk poured on specific sections of the forehead from an earthen pot. The medicated fluid poured over the forehead is decided after conducting a thorough counseling session for the guest with an expert.
The process is simple but involves great results. An earthen (clay) pot filled with warm, handmade, medicated oil which is hung on a hand-twisted coconut rope. The oil flows from this clay pot through a cotton thread over the forehead and is used in order to bring earth element into the treatment while ensuring the oil stays free of any electromagnetic energy.
During the process, the pot is rocked smoothly back and forth by the therapist in order to stimulate specific regions in one's brain, leading to complete relaxation. Another therapist, meanwhile, tends to the temperature of the oil used and consistently transfers fresh, warm oil to the clay pot. The herbs infused in the oil are absorbed through one's blood streams near the forehead while the process continues. Consistency is very crucial here. Hence, depending upon the guest's needs and schedule, 3-7 sessions are usually carried out in a span of one week.