Shirodhara -- how it works
How it works
Although it may sound simple, shirodhara is one of the most powerful Ayurvedic treatments to relieve the overworked, overwhelmed, overstressed, overstimulated mind and body.
When the mind becomes preoccupied with swarming thoughts, it has difficulty slowing down. This can lead to many challenges, such as stress, fear, nervousness, anxiety, lack of faith, disconnection from self, depression, insomnia, fatigue, a sense of loss or lack.
This body-mind-spirit treatment eliminates negative thoughts, expands consciousness, heightens intuition and rejuvenates the body on a cellular level.
In Ayurvedic circles, they say there are two ways to achieve deep stillness of the mind: meditation or shirodhara.
“I’ve gotten many massages in my life but barely remember any of them.
I won’t ever forget the shirodhara experiences.” - Shirodhara patient
As oil is poured on the forehead, brain waves slow down and become coherent, ordered. The entire nervous system is deeply stilled. In this quieted state, neurotransmitters are able to access and activate previously unattainable mood stabilizing receptors, increase cerebral circulation and improve the function of the brain.
With this improved functioning, the mind has greater access to the limbic system (the emotional cortex of the brain) where it can restore emotional balance and interrupt destructive habitual behavior patterns.
As the brain centers open, the mind is gracefully purified. The stress, trauma, and tension are replaced with peace, calm and consciousness. You get access to higher vibrations of truth, higher levels of understanding and perspective.
It’s like a physical-mental-spiritual re-boot.
And with each successive shirodhara treatment, the mind systematically achieves an even deeper and more stable state of balance and stillness.
“…when the body and mind are stilled, the mind can recognize the underlying imbalances and naturally elicit a healing response.”
- The Encyclopedia of Ayurvedic Massage,
by Dr. John Douillard, DC, CAP
Where: Ridgefield, CT area
How long: 1 hour and 30 minutes
(Currently moving to new space. Please call or text for appointment.)