Shirodhara is an Ayurveda practice that uses the gentle dripping of herbal oils onto the forehead to induce a deep state of serenity and relaxation. It is followed by an Indian head and scalp massage. Shirodhara is believed to improve memory and is used treat many conditions including migraine headaches, insomnia, tension, stress and strain. The herbal oil used also keeps the hair shiny and in good condition.
The head is important because the sense organs – the eyes, nose, ears, tongue, and skin – are located there. Many find the Ayurvedic head massage improves nourishment to the senses and enhances their natural functions. Traditionally, Indian women practiced head massage to increase blood circulation to the head, neck, and shoulders. It is believed to promote sleep, improve tension headaches, and boost concentration by improving the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.