Other Religions New Age / Metaphysical What Is Shirodhara? Indian Head Massage Share Flipboard Email Print Dragan Trifunovic / Getty Images New Age / Metaphysical Holistic Healing Divination Chakra Balancing Reiki Crystal Therapy By Phylameana lila Desy Reiki Expert Phylameana lila Desy, the author of "The Everything Guide to Reiki," is a freelance writer, holistic healing consultant, intuitive counselor, and an energy medicine practitioner. our editorial process Phylameana lila Desy Updated June 25, 2019 The word shirodhara translates to shiro (head) and dhara (flow). Shirodhara is sometimes referred to as Third Eye Therapy or Indian Head Massage. Originating in India, Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic healing technique which involves gentle head massage and the dripping of a slow stream of warm oil onto the forehead, specifically in alignment with the third-eye or anja chakra. The process is gentle, its application mindful. Application of Constant Stream of Warm Oil to the Forehead OIl is used by the massage therapist in applying massage and reflexology techniques to the scalp, face, and neck regions of the body. Overflow of the dripping warmed oil from the head is captured in a basin that is placed on the floor or a low table beneath the recipient's head position. Best Oils to Use in a Shirodhara Treatment Oils used in a Shirodhara treatment will vary. Specific oils were typically chosen by professionally trained ayurvedic healers based on their perceived dosha body type of the person being treated. There is also a tri-dosha blend of oils marketed by Banyan Botanicals that can be used for anyone. It is aptly named Shirodhara Oil. This organic blend consists of five Ayurvedic herbs (ashwagandha, shatavari, bhringaraj, skullcap, and brahmi) that have been infused in a combination of sesame and sunflower oils. Sesame, Sunflower, or Coconut Oil? Sesame oil is known for its heating properties and is beneficial for anyone who identifies with vahta dosha type. Whereas, sunflower oil is a cooling agent and a good option for anyone who identifies with pitta dosha type. Coconut oil is also cooling, but could be considered too cooling and is best to use only during the summertime or hot season. Signs of Dosha Imbalance Of all the tridoshas (vatha (or vata), pitta, and kapha), people who identify with vatha and pitta will benefit the most from Shirodhara head massage. Vatha Imbalances - Vatha dosha imbalances include feeling fearful, being worrisome, experiencing insecurity, and bothersome monkey mind chatter.Pitta Imbalances - Pitta dosha imbalances include outward rage or inner turmoil, being easily frustrated, feeling irritable, and impaired judgment. Vatha, Pitta, or Kapha? Each person has characteristics from all the doshas. It is a matter of which category is most dominant Not sure what dosha you are? For clues, take the quiz, What Dosha Are You?, to see what type fits you best. Benefits of Shirodhara Opens third eye, promoting intuitionIncreased blood circulation in brainOverall relaxationNourishes dry skin and brittle or thinning hairPain reliever, good for the chronic sufferererLowers blood pressureGives clarity of mind, quieting mental chatterRejuvenates lackluster energiesPromotes intuitionClears away toxins Health Conditions Treated with Shirodhara Fear or AnxietyFatigue or lethargic demeanorHeadaches and migraineIndigestionInsomniaMental fogJet lagPTSD (post traumatic stress disorder)Eyestrain Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.