Shirodhara

The forehead pouring or forehead oil pouring is an integral part of Ayurvedic therapy. Everyone who has already enjoyed this wonderful application knows how beneficial and relaxing it can be.

Shiro means “the head” in Sanskrit. Perhaps you came across the term in yoga in the form of Shirshasana, the headstand. Dhara means something like “the river”. In combination, a steady flow on the head is described.

How does the forehead pour?

At a distance of a few centimeters, using a wick made of cotton thread, continuously heated oil mixed with healing herbs is trickled from a special, hanging forehead oil pouring vessel onto the forehead of the person lying down.

The whole thing can be made static, but the therapists often use small, circular movements to distribute the oil with different radii on the forehead.

For whom Shirodhara application particularly suitable for?

The Shirodhara application or the forehead shower has an incredibly calming effect and primarily addresses and harmonizes the vegetative nervous system. It also has a balancing effect on both halves of the brain.
Therefore it is mainly used for Vata imbalances. Vata stands for the principle of movement in the body and this also includes nerve tissue and all neural processes – In short: everything that has to do with the nerves.

There have been observations that a forehead shower is particularly suitable for treating the following complaints:

  • Chronic headache
  • Burn-out symptoms and exhaustion
  • Sleep disorders
  • Depressions
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • High blood pressure
  • Disturbances in the day and night rhythm & jetlag
  • States of tension

Which oil is used to pour on the forehead?

The preparation used is usually composed of a base oil and the essence of various medicinal herbs. This combination is called “Thaila” in Ayurveda. These are individually tailored to the respective imbalance and constitution.

Where can I enjoy a forehead oil cast?

Meanwhile, various well-trained Ayurveda therapists offer this forehead shower either as an independent treatment or as part of a comprehensive Ayurvedic cure. This treatment can also be found on the wellness list in many wellness centers.

With a therapist, the forehead oil application is of course carried out more holistically, since in addition to the pure treatment, your current state of health can be dealt with much more individually and a multimodal therapy concept is put together accordingly.

In the wellness area there are usually 2-3 standard oils that are used and the focus on relaxation is clearly in the foreground. It is simply important that you decide in advance with which intention you would like to try this treatment and make your decision accordingly.

Can you use the forehead oil cast at home?

Many of the great Ayurveda treatments, such as oil or dry massages, can be implemented at home without too much effort. However, this is difficult to do with a forehead oil pour, as you should be lying comfortably and also need someone to take care of the oil.

There is even now a device for the home that is not exactly cheap. I have not yet tested this personally and, to be honest, I am also critical of it, because for me the overall concept and the application by an experienced therapist are the focus of this wonderful treatment method.

As a simple alternative, you can also massage your forehead area gently with a little warmed oil in the evening. This often has a very relaxing effect. Do you want to learn more about Ayurveda? There is just so much to learn about the Ayurvedic lifestyle!

Have you already tried the forehead oil cast yourself? What are your experiences with it?

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