CAN’T SLEEP? BLISS OUT WITH SHIRODHARA
One morning during my time in Goa, India, I woke in a very groggy state. I had barely slept the night before, missed my yoga practice and felt like a train had run over me. I realised that my first week in India had been emotional, exciting, intense and life-changing. I could tell I needed a day of silence. Seeing and speaking to no-one was the only remedy.
Eventually I came out of hibernation and went for a walk. I paused outside an Ayurvedic centre and realised that a treatment was in order. I knew instantly what to choose – Shirodhara.
Shirodhara is a treatment in Ayurvedic therapy originally developed in South India, in Kerala. Shira means head and Dhara means flow. This treatment involves oil gently poured over the forehead and third eye space – the Ajna Chakra.
Different oils are used for different requirements and can range from coconut, sesame, almond, coconut water, buttermilk, water or jojoba.
Shirodhara is such a simple treatment that can been used to treat a variety of conditions such as:
- Memory loss
- Psoriasis of the scalp
Shirodhara is a unique and profound Ayurvedic treatment that especially acts to heal and address the psychological and spiritual aspects of a person. The steady, rhythmic pouring of oil that induces a deeply relaxing and blissful state of consciousness called ‘Turiya’ ~ the state of awareness that is neither fully conscious nor deep sleep. While in this Turiya state, we are able to fully let go, perhaps witness ourselves from an objective perspective and get some clarity!
The brow and third eye center are linked to the endocrine glands (pituitary, pineal & hypothalamus), which regulate all hormonal secretions. These hormonal secretions are responsible not only for the autonomic responses which control digestion, breath, elimination but are also responsible for our moods and emotional states. The Shirodhara method helps our nervous system move into the parasympathetic mode – a calmer more restorative state. If anyone has ever been to one of my yoga classes you may have heard me talk often about this or the importance of tapping into this state regularly for our well-being as it allows the during the innate intelligence of our body to flourish, encouraging true balance within body, mind and soul.
During my own treatment I flickered between clear moments of consciousness – awake and awake – to hazy phases of deep relaxation where my focus was internal towards an unidentifiable peaceful space.
Here in Sydney I know that the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre offers the Shirodhara treatment. The centre will literally take you straight to India with its authenticity. Not to mention the abundance of traditional Ayurvedic treatments on offer, including access to an Ayurvedic Doctor.
As a gift to you the Ayurvedic Wellness Centre are offering you lovely readers a 10% discount. All you need to do is quote The Wellness Project when booking.
I’m still in a very slow mode after just returning from India, but I can see around me the flurry of the end-of-year madness. Christmas is close, the new year is nigh… my recommendation? Press pause. Treat yourself – mind, body and soul – and feel nourished and whole.I highly recommend Shirodhara especially if insomnia, stress, depression and anxiety are plaguing you at the moment
Saha to you,