What is Shirodhara?

Shirodhara is derived from the Sanskrit words ‘Shira’ meaning head and ‘Dhara’ meaning flow. It is a unique Ayurvedic therapy that involves pouring a steady flow of liquid over the forehead in an oscillating motion. The most commonly used liquids are warm herb-infused oils. One of the most relaxing, and stress-relieving therapies, Shirodhara is one among the four main Murdhni Taila (head oil applications); the others being Shiro Abhyanga, Shiro Pichu and Shiro Basti. According to the liquid used the different forms are: Tailadhara (oil), Ksheeradhara (milk), Takradhara (buttermilk) and Kashayadhara (herbal decoctions).

The forehead is the seat of Ajna Chakra and any imbalance there can lead to dysfunction. These therapies works to soothe the mind and the body.

The forehead is the seat of Ajna Chakra and any imbalance there can lead to dysfunction. These therapies works to soothe the mind and the body.

Why is it Best?

  • Stress, anxiety, depression,
  • Poor concentration,
  • Insomnia, disturbed sleep,
  • Psychological disorders,
  • Headaches and recurrent migraines,
  • Imbalance of blood pressure,
  • Psychosomatic diseases,
  • Eye diseases,
  • Hearing impairments,
  • Hair fall, premature greying of hair, scalp conditions such as dryness, dandruff, scalp psoriasis etc.
Benefits for You:
  • Shirodhara works to soothe the mind and relax the body.
  • The uninterrupted flow of warm oil falling on the centre of the forehead, causes a tactile stimulation of the Ajna Chakra (Third Eye), inducing a deep inner focus and calm.
  • The oscillating motion causes the oil stream to flow over several Marma points on the forehead and at the end of the treatment it is allowed to flow stationary on the centre of the forehead.
  • The Ajna Chakra lies within the Sushumna Nadi (subtle energy channels) and controls the functioning of other chakras.
  • People often describe a tranquil state of mental peace, sharpened focus and freedom from sensory overload, after sessions of Shirodhara.
  • It has a profound effect in the nervous system, bringing about neurophysiological harmony, through certain impulses created due to stimulation by the Shirodhara therapy.
  • At a local level it is excellent for healthy hair and a healthy scalp.
  • It works on a variety of disorders of the head region.
  • The flow of warm oil stimulates the nerves and local blood vessels and improves blood circulation.

The Process on the Spot

A cloth or cotton band is place around the forehead to ensure oil does not flow downwards over the brows. You will be asked to lie down comfortably on the massage table with the Shirodhara apparatus set up above. It is placed to ensure that the stream of warm oil will flow on to the centre of the forehead. Your doctor will select the oil based on the body composition and disease condition. The therapist will then release the warm oil from a set height, and swing the apparatus to ensure a soothing to and fro motion of flowing oil across the forehead. The oil is allowed to flow in this alternating pattern for a specific amount of time, in a continuous stream onto the forehead, and allowed to flow over the scalp through the hair in a soothing rhythm. The head is lightly massaged during the therapy. After the procedure the excess oil is wiped off.


Duration: 60 minutes to 2 hours

Combination Therapies: Shirodhara can be done with allied therapies such as Shiro Abhyanga, Shiro Basti, Sarvanga Abhyanga.

Our Price

60 min Shirodhara


Including Foot Reflexology

60 min Shirodhara + Steam Bath


Including Foot Reflexology

Massage + Shirodhara (90 min)


Including Foot Reflexology

Massage + Shirodhara (2 hr)


Including Foot Reflexology

Please note: Ayurvedic therapies such as Shirodhara, must be done under expert guidance. Please consult your doctor for a treatment plan, tailor -made to your body constitution and Dosha imbalance. This will ensure hassle-free treatment and will enrich your Ayurveda experience.