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What is Shirodhara Therapy?

In an interconnected world where healers and Medicine people have exchanged their tools, tricks and knowledge for millennia, Shirodhara stands out as one of the most unique therapeutic approaches within the Ayurvedic healing system found nowhere else. 

If you were to Google “Ayurveda Spa,” you are sure to see a person lying down on a massage bed, serenity washing over their face. They are surrounded by flowers or tropical greenery. Is this heaven or is it just Bali? 

A therapist stands by their side, with a table laden with oils, herbs and candles. They are giving the client a massage with their hands or perhaps cloth bundles of medicinal and aromatic plants known as pindas

Although you may have never seen or experienced it before, you will also undoubtedly come across images of Shirodhara therapy. 

At first glance, you see what looks like a therapist holding a copper or clay pot over their client’s head. A mysterious thread of some liquid streams out of a tiny hole in the bottom of the pot. It pours down onto the forehead of the person laying below. 

As often occurs, it is easy for your human awareness to overlook something you do not readily recognize. After reading this article, you will no longer be able to scroll past these mysterious images absent-mindedly. This article will introduce you to the practice of Shirodhara therapy, its benefits, and a context to understand how it might be a fundamental part of your healing journey. 

Shirodhara: When Meditation is done to you 

A teacher of mine once shared that many people who are familiar with Thai Massage have seen images of people getting stretched into various Yoga positions by the therapist. Often, you will see the therapist using both hands and both feet to move, massage, and open up their client to new ranges of motion and possibility. 

When we see this, we could imagine that this is when Yoga is being done to you, as opposed to you doing Yoga. 

He also then shared that Shirodhara is when meditation is done to you, as opposed to you doing Meditation. 

While many of us could agree that Yoga and Meditation aren’t so much about doing, that is besides the point. We can probably all agree that many people struggle with the notion of meditating, quieting the mind, stilling a restless body, settling chaotic emotions, and tapping into the guidance from intuition or Spirit. 

You may even be raising your hand right now reading this. 

In a world plagued by overstimulation, overworking, and oversaturation of information, news, stress, and other people’s opinions, it makes sense that so many of us would be hurting, stressed out, exhausted, and worried about how in the world to move forward. It makes sense in this world that so many people would struggle to quit addictive habits from substance overuse to emotion-driven eating, workaholism and perfectionism, numbing out on Social Media and Netflix binges. 

In this context, it also makes sense why more people are being drawn today towards healing alternatives, seeking to feed the hunger in our souls that our addictions attempt, and fail, to resolve. 

So more people turn to meditation only to tell themselves after a few goes at it on some App, “I’m not cut out for this” or “I’m not good at meditation,” “I can’t get my mind to shut up.” 

As an experienced meditator, let me just share this: Getting your mind to go quiet is like having to eat the entirety of a Golden Corral buffet by yourself. When you first look at the task at hand - it seems impossible. There’s no way. But if you just keep going, little by little, plate by plate, meditation session by meditation session, you will eventually have a lot more clear, wide-open space to enjoy in your head and heart. 

And that task would be a lot easier if you had a little help from your friends. Working with a real-life teacher, practicing Yoga, learning hacks like kriyas or breathwork to help you get into meditative states quicker, and working with sound, vibrations and mantras are all amazingly helpful. 

In your “real life,” getting more off your plate by decluttering your home and your To-Do list, finding out what really matters to you and learning to focus on that, and spicing up your appetite for life by taking time to enjoy yourself, have some fun, get some quiet time in nature, and feel pleasure in your body all have HUGE impacts as well. 

And when you need that extra boost to help you clear some of the mental and emotional clutter out of the way you just can’t seem to move - Shirodhara therapy is here to help you go into that deeper state of meditation and knowing… just meditation is done to you. 

What are the main benefits of Shirodhara Therapy?

Later in the article I dive into two frameworks to explore why Shirodhara Therapy would have the following benefits: the Threefold Origin of Trauma, and the Four Layers of Consciousness. These are explained in greater depth below in the section “Why does Shirodhara Therapy Work.” 

In the meantime, here’s a quick list of benefits of shirodhara therapy: 

  • Replacing of anxiety, stress, and tension with greater peace, calm and  awareness
  • Improved cognitive function and mental clarity
  • Greater resilience to stress, emotional ups-and-downs and mood swings 
  • More ease falling and staying asleep
  • Feeling like a weight has lifted from your nervous system
  • A greater sense of ease, and a more readily accessible spark of joy, compassion, gratitude and appreciation for life
  • Reduces pent-up stress and muscular tensions, improving conditions like sinus headaches, recurring migraines, TMJ disorders, tinnitus, neck stiffness, and many types of pain that often go undiagnosed
  • Helps reduce or reverse the effects of chronic stress that can affect the digestive system, hormones, and other bodily systems

What does Shirodhara mean? 

The Sanskrit origins of the word Shirodhara add deeper context for understanding this therapy in practice and its intended outcome. 

Shiro = Head

Dhara = A current, a stream or continuous flow 

If you are familiar with the Yoga Sutras, you may know the term 

dharana, which is one of the eight limbs of Patanjali’s Ashtanga Yoga. 

In the context of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, dharana refers to the state of concentration that is one step prior to dhyana, or meditation. Dharana in this sense is an unbroken stream or continuous flow of conscious awareness. 

From an Ayurvedic point of view, one of the primary functions of mamsa dhatu (the muscle tissues of the body) is dharati (to hold) or dharana (holding). Your muscles work to hold your body in relation to gravity. 

In practicing concentration, meditation or Yoga, you get a grip and a hold on your mind, your awareness. 

Ayurveda teaches that your mind and body are deeply connected. 

A calm, meditative mind is a key marker of healthy muscle tissue. A meditative mind is one that is naturally loving and compassionate. 

When you practice letting someone else off the hook for your frustrations, or you give of your kindness and affection (even just petting your cat while he eats), the tension in your muscles automatically softens. 

A healthy brain requires flow and movement, which is why we see the benefits of traveling, learning new skills or new languages and playing Sudoku’s to keep our mind’s young and healthy. 

Control and rigidity diminish our mental capacity and keep us from expressing our mind’s greater creative potential. They lead to stress, burnout and overwhelm. They keep us trapped in painful patterns and frozen in loops, leaving us feeling like we can’t advance in our lives. 

And yet Western culture’s mainstream approach to fitness expects healthy muscles to grow from mechanical overexertion and set, linear movement patterns. And culturally, we expect humans to be able to thrive while doing the same - just going along with it in environments and circumstances that reflect rigidity and control. 

Shirodhara therapy offers an alternative approach. 

In a sheer show of opposites, it goes contrary to everything the grind is about. 

The continuous stream of warm oil onto the forehead is the true slow and steady, the warm embrace, the everything is going to be okay. The unbroken stream creates a smooth, concentrated flow of awareness - much like a flow state, but without reliance on external stimuli. The senses turn inwards and your conscious mind gets to finally take a break. This taps us into a more relaxed state, where the healer that is your unconscious mind can do the work of restoring your body and it’s natural intelligence. 

Shirodhara opens you to the healthy flow of consciousness. It is as healing rain is to a parched, dry riverbed in the middle of a weary drought. When you get to that place of feeling like your options have dried up, it is a reminder that you are a channel of possibilities. It invites you to relax deeply held tensions that originate in the mind but that are stored in the muscles and fascia. It entices your overactive mind to go on a much-needed vacation inwards. It calls your Spirit back home to the body it knows is home.  

How does Shirodhara Therapy work? 

Shirodhara therapy involves pouring a continuous stream of warm oil (or another medicinal liquid) onto the recipient’s forehead for a select period of time, normally a minimum of 20 minutes. 

The treatments I give aim for 60 - 80 minutes of Shirodhara to help you move deeper into that meditative, deeply restorative and clear-minded place faster, and stay there for longer. 

The iconic recipients are most often made of copper or clay, although I have heard of silver, pancha dhatu (an alloy of copper, nickel, brass, silver, and gold), and even coconuts (hey, we had to start somewhere) being used. 

I use a copper recipient because it is considered the most effective metal for balancing all three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. 

It is also particularly useful for treating Vata and Kapha conditions, which in the context of Shirodhara essentially means it can help settle a frazzled or overactive mind (Vata), stabilize the flow of life force (prana), brighten the individual’s natural intelligence (tejas), dissolve and digest old, stale mental patterns (ama), and thaw out stuck traumas to help them slide out of your system. 

In the realm of science, copper is known to have the highest electrical conductivity rating of all non-precious metals. While we are not running electricity through, a skilled practitioner knows they can run energy through it. 

As for the contents of the copper recipient, we aim to match the liquid used with the desired effect. Whatever are the qualities of the liquid you use will be the qualities you imbue the receiver’s mind. This is why oil is the most common medicinal substance used - its nourishing and smooth qualities help soothe and iron-out the ripples of a tense, chaotic mind swarming with thoughts and preoccupations. There are also cases in which herb-infused milk or buttermilk may be used instead of oil. 

In my treatments, I most often use sesame oil that may be infused with some medicinal herbs, like Brahmi (an herb used to promote mental clarity). The herbs selected depend on the physical and mental conditions my client is experiencing at that time and what will most help them restore the balance they need to heal.

The liquid must be poured from a specific height to achieve the correct consistency and thickness of the stream of liquid, which results in a specific experience of the weight and pressure the oil applies onto the forehead. 

The temperature of the oil being used should be maintained just above body temperature. This warmth brings more circulation and blood flow to the prefrontal cortex of the receiver and energetically helps to dissolve more frozen or stuck thoughts, emotions and patterns. Room-temperature oil will simply not achieve the same results. 

Finally, the recipient is hung in a way that it can be moved by the therapist. While stationary pouring onto the forehead may be effective for the most part, there are times where moving the stream of oil in different patterns across the forehead is appropriate and indicated. 

Why does Shirodhara work? 

In order to understand why a stream of oil onto your forehead would provide benefits to modern humans, I feel it’s important to first lay down two frameworks: the Threefold Origin of Trauma, and the Four Layers of Consciousness.

The Threefold Origin of Trauma

The following section is not a 100% conclusive layout of the human brain’s complex functions nor a full explanation of how and why we experience trauma and its related symptoms. It will nevertheless hopefully shed some light on why we experience trauma the way we do and why it’s so difficult to overcome for someone immersed in modern society.  

Along the timeline of evolutionary development, animals at one point developed brains. Those brains got increasingly complex and certain new areas of brain tissue began to arise or enlarge, allowing for different physiological and psychological functions. 

We can identify survival responses in reptiles, which can be categorized into three main ways:

  • The urge to fight
  • The urge to flee
  • The urge to freeze 

The human animal has conserved these responses, and they are not generally under our rational control at the moment we perceive a threat to survival. It is an instinctual, in-the-moment reaction that will save our asses, not a hefty pros-and-cons list or detailed SWOT analysis. 

As compared to reptiles, mammals have a more complex sense of emotions and belonging, as in being a part of a tribe, a community, a pack, and so on. This is why your puppy shows an ashamed look on their face after getting scolded for peeing on the carpet. Their shame in that moment, just like rolling face up to show you their belly, is a sign of deference to the authority (you, the dog owner) who holds the decision-making power of whether they get to eat and fit-in with the pack, or starve and die. 

Human beings have lived in tribal settings and depended upon one another for their survival likely since the beginning of human existence. If you don’t live up to the social expectations of your tribe or the culture, your mammalian brain essentially communicates that you are threatening your own survival. 

As you know, we humans can be highly sensitive and emotional animals. Thoughts and emotions are deeply and sometimes invisibly linked, which is why we are often held back by so-called limiting beliefs. Most of our world-views and beliefs, and thus our actions, are hand-me-downs from our immediate family or community (tribe) and results of broader cultural conditioning. 

Most of the violence committed throughout human history stemmed from the unconscious desire to fit in, to survive. 

One particular trait of humans is the size and complexity of the area in the brain known as the neocortex, which is responsible for much more rational and abstract thinking and linguistic programming. 

While trauma can also refer to physical injury or damage, such as in the case of an accident, within modern psychology what we identify as trauma originates in the storage, rather than the discharge of the energy summoned in the face of a perceived threat to survival through fighting or fleeing. 

After animals in the wild have had their survival threatened, you can observe a behavior of shaking or trembling to give an outlet for and discharge the energy their instincts aroused to help them survive. It’s the same energy that allows moms to lift cars off of kids after accidents - it’s a force that allows for super-human feats of strength and agility. 

As mentioned, you don’t always get to choose your response in the event of sensing your impending doom. Even an animal who froze or “played dead” will seemingly “shake it off” when coming back to and circumstances have returned to a perceived level of safety. But for humans, the freeze response is more pernicious, because our emotional and rational minds can get in the way. 

That energy that remains trapped in the body needs an outlet. Without an outlet it keeps feeding back to the nervous system that there is a threat and a reason to stay in a traumatized response. 

This is the reason why people with the frozen energy of trauma stuck in their tissues may experience a chronic sense of anxiety, panic attacks, stress when having to make decisions, shallow breathing, rapid heartbeat, insomnia, digestive distress, overwhelm, depression, difficulty focusing or relating to others, overstimulation, fearfulness, avoidance behaviors, psychosomatic issues or pain that doctors can’t seem to find the cause of, and painful patterns that seem to keep repeating in family, work, friend, or relationship dynamics. 

If the problem arose from an incomplete survival reaction from a more instinctual or “reptilian” brain, as is the case with an unresolved “freeze” response, then the solution must engage with the source of the issue. This is why no matter how much talk therapy this person goes to, nothing ever really seems to change or get better. Talk therapy and revisiting old wounds and origin stories from a rational, linguistic, cognitive place in the brain doesn’t allow us to access the right functional physiology of the brain where the problem arose.

Only approaches that incorporate mind AND body bring about a change for this person, because they give an outlet for energy stored in physical tissue. Whether through time-tested Yogic methods, or newer models with Somatic, mind-body approaches to healing and body psychotherapy, these approaches offer a way to tie up the loose ends of survival responses that never had a chance to resolve. 

Yet, these approaches are still not considered “mainstream” and I predict it will take a few more decades and more people finding the health and wellbeing results they are looking for for them to become more “socially acceptable” or “normal” in modern cultures. 

Because they may not have the financial backing to have enough “science” behind them to prove their worth to the rational brain, too many people avoid “alternative” medicine and only buy into excuses to enroll in never-ending therapy and prescriptions that may suppress the discomfort for a while, at the cost of further suppressing their body’s intelligence and natural healing response. And because deep down we want to fit in, we don’t dare try something new or fringe. We stick with the models of what is “tried, tested and true” in the eyes of the cultural authorities we have handed our power over to. 

The Four Layers of Consciousness

The more scientists dive into studying human consciousness, the more challenging it gets to separate science from spirituality, physics from metaphysics. 

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the human mind fluctuates between four layers of consciousness: 

  • The conscious mind. This is akin to the rational, thinking, cognitive brain discussed above. The cognitive brain can also control certain functions within the body, such as conscious breath or movement. For this reason, Ayurveda sees the brain as the command center, but the conscious mind is present in the whole body. 
  • The subconscious mind. We do not have conscious control over this mind, it happens beneath or sub- our conscious mind, and alongside it. The conscious mind cannot control the decision to beat the heart, digest our food, heal a cut on our finger. Only the subconscious mind can do that. For that reason, the subconscious mind is present in the whole body, not just the brain.   
  • The unconscious mind. When you are in deep, dreamless sleep, this is the unconscious mind. When you have been in an accident or black out and you lose all awareness, this is the unconscious mind. The unconscious mind also relates to a more instinctual part of the human being. It is the friend and helper of the subconscious mind, and responds to the needs of the subconscious body and mind. When we need to sleep or we have been in an accident, the unconscious mind gives the subconscious mind space to do its work of healing.
  • The superconscious mind. This superconscious mind relates to the expansion of your conscious mind’s limits. The universe is, if not infinite, surely full of a greater concentration of possibilities than we normally assume. When we rise above the limitations of who we think we are and what is possible, we expand the notion of “who I am” and “what I’m capable of.” In doing this, we expand the Universe and its field of possibilities. Our consciousness moves into the space of the superconscious. 

From an Ayurvedic perspective, the brain is the seat of the conscious mind, and the intercellular space around each cell in the body is the seat of the subconscious mind. The cells themselves hold your genetic memory and the cell membrane is the bridge between the conscious and subconscious. 

In the aftermath of a threatening event or circumstance, your body is flooded with reactions, thoughts, experiences, feelings and emotions. These can either be discharged through digesting and utilizing their energy via your cells and your conscious mind, or they can remain unprocessed. Perhaps the load or weight is too much for your conscious mind’s processing power or the digestive fire of your cellular memory. 

When undigested, and thus unresolved, these thoughts and emotions crystallize in the connective tissues so as to not come into contact with the cells and the conscious mind. 

When heated up and thawed out, such as through body-based therapies and approaches, these crystals come into contact with the cell membranes and the conscious mind becomes aware of the underlying unresolved emotions of fear, anger, sadness, grief or hurt that may have previously been invisible. 

If the processing power of the cells isn’t up to digesting it all, crystals of these emotions will remain unprocessed and stored in the connective tissue, ideally for later excavation, discovery, processing, thus restoring the innate healing capacities and wisdom of the body.  

Ayurveda would define stress as the accumulation of these repressed emotions accumulated in the connective tissue. This stress burns out your immunity, your zest for life, that spark in your eyes, your natural luster, and your personality’s shine. 

Putting it all together to understand the benefits:

At a physiological level: 

Shirodhara therapy works at a physical level by bringing more blood flow to your brain’s prefrontal cortex and shifting the frequency of your brain waves out of Beta and Gamma and into more calm and regular intervals of Alpha, Theta and Delta wave frequencies, resembling states of relaxation, rest, meditation, dreams, sleep. The brainwaves' general pattern becomes more coherent, which then sends a signature of coherence to the rest of the body and the intelligence of the internal organs. 

If you’ve ever had a really good nap or have experienced that floaty and relaxed “was I asleep or awake” feeling in a guided Shavasana or Yoga Nidra practice, know that Shirodhara very quickly drops you into a similar brain wave state, and keeps you there without worries or a care in the world. 

This is the stage your body must go into in order for your cells to release inflammation, heal, regenerate and repair. This is why we sleep. 

But if you’ve dealt with chronic stress or have a history of trauma, you know what it's like to go to sleep and wake up still feeling stiff, tired, achey, tight… if you were able to really get into a state of deep rest at all.

When your mind is overactive and stressed out, or there is an active feedback loop between past unresolved trauma or thoughts, emotions and feelings in your body and your nervous system, your body and mind almost always stay on high alert, on the lookout for potential threats. This means your mind, and your body, never fully get to rest or repair.

This is how hypervigilance erodes your health and wellbeing overtime - it robs you of the chance to fully enter the only mode your body has to heal and repair itself. 

Shirodhara does the body, your mind and your nervous system a huge favor in this way. It is meditation done to you. It allows your brain to move into states it maybe couldn’t otherwise access right now. In those more restful and meditative states, your mind can engage in some of that processing of old thoughts and emotions, write new neural pathways that don’t involve falling into the old tracks of past events or trauma, give a deeper relaxation your muscles and connective tissues, and thus change the feedback loop to your nervous system. 

Without having to talk about or relive any stressful situation, you give your body, mind, brain and the rest of your nervous system a chance to start anew. 

The body, the brain, the organs and the mind can sync up their frequencies. Once synced up, communication is more clear, direct and helpful between all parts of the body, creating normalized feedback loops that transcend the treatment itself. 

At a psychological level: 

Human psychology and physiology are so closely linked that as stress wreaks havoc on our nervous system , our awareness, thoughts and attention are easily hijacked by anything that could potentially be blamed for our uncomfortable inner state. 

Victor Frankl said it best, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” 

But what he didn’t mention is that for people with highly sensitive, overwhelmed or traumatized nervous systems, that space he talks about is greatly reduced. 

Maybe it takes on the form of blowing up at your partner for not cleaning the kitchen, or an insensitive thing they said. Maybe it's news of the doom and gloom of the world we live in today and its oppressive systems that sets you spiraling into a helpless panic attack or a hopeless depression, again. Maybe it’s the breathlessness and pressure in your chest or gut with the mere thought of having to send an email, confront someone and speak up for your needs, or talk to your boss at work.  

For many people who live with the realities of chronic stress, anxiety or some past unresolved trauma, trying to watch your daily life unfold can be like trying to watch a movie in a crowded movie theater of people who can’t stop babbling mindless, hurtful things and talking over the film. And the idea of spending more time “in your body and out of your head,” as many somatic therapies propose, may actually be an unbelievably uncomfortable, triggering, anxiety-fueling or even painful experience. Not everyone loves to lay still in Shavasana for 15 minutes, and many people can’t even slow down enough to make it into a Yoga class or spend 10 minutes on “self-care”. 

Constant doing and thinking and consuming of information and stimuli becomes its own escape - so that your consciousness is busy enough with distractions to avoid the discomfort that is right there at and beneath the surface.  

Shirodhara therapy helps tremendously to quiet a very loud, busy, chaotic, stressful, overactive and likely overly-reactive mind. It’s like turning down the volume of your mind enough so you can hear yourself thinking and breathing, and dialing down the areas of your brain that would normally throw a fit when having to slow down and “just feel.” 

It gives the gift of more space between the stimulus and response. In that space you can remember your ability to choose, which chronic stress and trauma often take from us, sometimes at a very young age. 

In that reinforced ability to choose how to respond to life and its challenges lies greater freedom, right there on the other side of a stream of warm oil.

From an Ayurvedic lens, Shirodhara therapy reduces rajas (the mental tendency towards restlessness, motion, and “doing” mode) and imbalanced Vata dosha in the pranavaha and manovaha srotas - which essentially points to “excess wind” (i.e. a tornado) in the channel of your mind. When Vata is out of balance in your mind, it can seem impossible to get out of the restlessness, overthinking, overdoing, overanalyzing that are all associated with rajas

This burns up your reserve of resilience and immunity (ojas), and leads to an inability to handle stress, burnout, insomnia, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and other psychological disorders, nervousness and restlessness in the body, and contributes to chronic pain or mystery health conditions that don’t seem to be identifiable or helped by conventional approaches, or even countless visits to your chiropractor. 

In a society where most medical professionals agree that 90% of chronic health issues are caused or worsened by stress, stress is a major public health concern that health authorities seem to be themselves overwhelmed by. 

Shirodhara therapy helps bring more prana (life force) to the brain, balance all of the three doshas (Vata-Pitta-Kapha), or the body’s natural intelligences, and clear up the mind’s channel, where all four layers of consciousness, including the conscious and subconscious, flow. 

The marma, or vital energy points, of the face are also considered to be very influential over the rest of the body. It makes sense, since the brain is considered to hold conscious control over the limbs. Through stimulating the marma points on the forehead, face and skull through Shirodhara therapy, we can influence the whole body’s system of nadis or energy-carrying channels. 

Your face automatically responds with reactions to anything that provokes an emotion or pain. You hit your knee on something and it will show up on your face. You sit and stare at a computer screen, stressed-out for 8 hours a day, and it will show up on your face. Just as what happens to the rest of your body shows up on your face, what you do with your face will show up on the rest of your body. 

Although it is a reductionist example, you can imagine that by treating the face, forehead and skull, you can communicate a relaxation response with the whole body and the rest of the nervous system. 

Shirodhara’s effects on consciousness:

As we clear up the channel of the mind, consciousness can expand beyond its previous limitations into further layers - into new layers of the subconscious, the unconscious and the superconscious. 

The expansion of consciousness is like a rising sea level that leaves no shore untouched by the change in tides. It’s the full moon that pulls things up from the ocean’s depths. It’s the new moon that anchors the nurturing womb of a dark night for metamorphosis and rebirth. 

As consciousness seeps into greater depths of the personal, collective and cosmic unconscious, it ripples outwards through more of the individual, collective and cosmic superconscious. 

Instead of having to battle with stress or memories of the past, Shirodhara helps your consciousness spread beyond that limited sense of self, one that has caged you in for too long. 

So many of our problems come from constricting, suppressing, and contracting when the Universe is trying to expand through you. You and your experiences transmuted by your expanded consciousness feed a new river of possibility, a new thread of conscious hope, and make a new and better world not just possible, but real

On a spiritual level, this expansion of consciousness helps release past attachments, desires and aversions, which fuel imbalance desires from past impressions (vasanas) and habitual patterns of behavior (samskaras).  

This is what Yoga aims from: the liberation of self from that which keeps us small and restricted, union with the whole Universe and the sea of consciousness we are a part of.  

While I’m not here to promise Yogic enlightenment from one Shirodhara treatment, it is taught that consecutive Shirodhara therapies work to still the mind even more, expand consciousness beyond past limits, disarm and let go of further layers of restrictive armor and heavy shielding, release stored stresses, frozen traumas and unhelpful mental impressions. 

Instead of having to revive and renegotiate every stressful or traumatic event in your life, the wreckage and lasting effects of stress and trauma are returned to a natural, functional state - similar to how the annealing process in metalwork involves heating brittle metal to just the right temperature to return the molecular matrix back to its optimal, flexible, and natural condition. 

The benefit of Shirodhara therapy cannot be achieved simply by pouring oil over your head. If that were the case, we would likely all have done it already. There are more subtle layers that go into the therapeutic aspects of the treatment, which highlights why having an experienced, skilled and caring practitioner can make all the difference. 

You may not be able to summit Mount Everest all on your own, but if you have the right company, guidance and support by your side, you are more likely to summit your own Everest; and having seen your world from up there will inevitably change how you see the world for the rest of your life. 

If Shirodhara therapy is something you are interested in experiencing with me, you can contact me below to make an appointment and visit me in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco or in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit for a treatment. 

I look forward to the unfolding of your healing journey, 

and if you’ve read this far, just know that I’m here rooting for you. 

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