What's happening here? Something that made my bucket list not too long ago. The woman pictured above is receiving a stress-relieving treatment called shirodhara.
The process is quite simple: warm oil (or other liquids) are gently poured over the forehead for a period of time. This simple treatment is said to induce a relaxed state of awareness, erasing fatigue and even making headaches disappear.
The purpose of shirodhara is to reestablish balance in unbalanced chakras.
ChakraThe word chakra is from the ancient Sanskrit and means cycle or wheel. According to the Hinduism, a chakra is an energy point – part of the non-physical body but an integral part of the being.
I'm sure you've already guessed the country of origin by now: India.
Ermmm, Where's the Science?Although the mention of chakras and balance may cause some people to guffaw and loudly bellow 'alternative hocus-pocus nonsense' (or the likes), there is quite a bit of science backing the historical claims of shirodhara's positive effects.
This therapeutic treatment exhibits measurable stress relief, lower blood pressure and other positive effects. Numerous clinical studies have been done on both adults and children - all with positive results. Shirodhara even exhibits the ability to help conditions such as insomnia.
The Therapeutic FactorBecause the very process of shirodhara involves a spa-like setting including pampering and relaxation is enough for me to want to try it.
Finding all kinds of scientific backing to the claims makes it a no brainer - shirodhara is officially on my bucket list. All I need to do now is find the nearest location. Maybe it won't even require plane tickets.
Do TellHave you ever tried shirodhara? Please share your impressions and experiences in a comment below!
More Science Stuff about ShirodharaChakra - Wikipedia
Shirodhara - a study on the effects
Shirodhara - the role of psychic factors
Shirodhara - Pilot Study - Journal of Alternative Medicine
Shirodhara - study with sesame oil and addition of lavender essential oil
Shirodhara - study in combination with anxiety relieving medicine
Shirodhara - clinical study on role of psychic factors