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is both profound and subtle. In the Ayurvedic clinics of South India this
treatment is only offered daily in a series lasting at least a week, and
possibly up to 21 days or more. It is only one therapeutic component of an
over-all treatment plan that includes diet, herbal preparations, and
prolonged relaxation. Clients are not encouraged to engage in any activity
that stimulates thought. If one reads it is recommended that the material
be conducive to spiritual thought. No sexual activity or intense physical
activity is advised.
The effect of shirodhara is
subjective. This treatment in particular represents an interface between
the traditions of Yoga and Ayurveda. It creates a meditative sense of
awareness as it is focusing and isolating. Dhara,
which means "constant flow", is contained in the word dharana,
one of the seven stages of yoga realization, generally translated as "concentration".
The brow, of course, is that part of the external anatomy associated with
the fundamental endocrine glands (pineal, pituitary, hypothalamus) which
organize and regulate all hormonal secretions. Hormonal secretions are
responsible not only for the autonomic responses which control digestion,
breath, elimination, etc., but also our moods and emotional state. Shirodhara is meant to establish
a state of parasympathetic repose, an ego-less state, during which the
primal intelligence of our body can reorganize its constituents in a manner
which leads to healing and well-being, their inherent purpose. Shirodhara
can be applied in Ayurvedic healing for conditions of high Pitta
as well as insomnia, memory loss, to enhance meditation, and for deep
relaxation and rejuvenation.
Traditionally Ayurveda recommends a 14 day program of 7 days of shirodhara
and 7 days of the follow-up treatment called picchu.
As well as the 14 day treatment we also offer a 7 day program which
provides 4 days of shirodhara and
three days of picchu.