Shirodhara – Third Eye Therapy

Photo Credit: kairali.com

Photo Credit: kairali.com

Last weekend, like I mentioned in my previous post, I went to The Westin Sohna Resort and Spa, and I experienced the most amazing SPA therapy. For the very first time in my life, I opted for Shirodhara (also known as the third eye therapy), and I was transported to a different world altogether. I think, I had an astral projection-kinda experience.

The SPA was a beautiful blend of two worlds- rustic and contemporary chic. The individual therapy rooms were made into solo cottages that had soulful names tagged to them; my room was called the ‘Chakra’. After completing the basic paperwork, my therapist walked me to the SPA area; it had so much greenery, I already felt relaxed and close to nature. My room had abundance of natural light and a certain sense of earthy feeling to it.

Starting with the therapy, my wonderful masseuse Jincy, explained to me how the therapy would be like; she was so knowledgeable. To begin with, she stated the commencement of Ayurveda and how it is one of the finest healing techniques of the world.

Like Jincy stated, before starting an Ayurvedic therapy, it is a usual practice to pray to Lord Dhanvantari. Lord Dhanvantari is an avatar of Vishnu in Hinduism. He appears in the Vedas and Puranas as the physician of the gods (devas), and the god of Ayurveda. It is a common practice in Hinduism for worshipers to pray to Dhanvantari seeking his blessings for sound health.

She first started with a gentle head massage, followed by application of warm oil all over my body, giving special attention to my problem areas (lower back, knees, and shoulders). She knew the pressure points well, and applied just the right amount of compression. It was relaxing and relieving. I asked Jincy, what oil was she using, she said – “Dhanwantharam Thailam, maám.”

This oil is widely used in Ayurvedic therapies. It is used in the treatment of Vata diseases such as Rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, spondylosis, headache and other neuro-muscular conditions.  This oil is based on Kerala Ayurveda practice. This oil is made of many natural ingredients and herbs, and had a strangely pungent smell, which I started intensely enjoying after a while.

After my body massage, Jincy placed soaked cotton pads on my eyes; she tied a thin rope across my forehead and started pouring warm Shirodhara oil all over my forehead. I inquisitively asked her again, what oil was she using. She said – “Sudhabala Thailam, ma’am.”

This oil is formulated based on Kerala Ayurveda principles, and is used in treating neurological conditions. This felt like one of the most divine ancient rituals that calmed my mind and mollified deeper layers of my body. A steady flow of oil on the forehead stimulates the pituitary gland, also known as the ‘third eye’. This therapy is also known to awaken one’s body’s intuitive knowledge and stimulate the crown chakra.

Few known benefits of Shirodhara are:

  • Helps to relax the nervous system
  • Balances life-force energy, called ‘prana’
  • Improves sensitivity of all five senses
  • Reduces and relieves migraine headaches
  • Decreases hair loss and fatigue
  • Deeply relaxes mind and body
  • Releases negative emotions and thought patterns
  • Improves sleep patterns
  • Rejuvenates the entire face and softens worry lines
  • Increases spiritual awareness

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