Hill Country Healing Arts & Massage

Healing The Hill Country since 2001

Shirodhara Bliss Therapy

 Shirodhara Meditative Bliss

 

Shirodhara is a traditional Ayurvedic treatment that can feel so good, its often described as   Bliss Therapy

Shirodhara is translated from Sanskrit as “shiro” meaning head and “dhara” meaning flow. Shirodhara then consists of a stream of warm oil poured slowly and steadily over the forehead at the third eye location (seat of consciousness). As the oil strokes the third eye, one dissolves into an ocean of calm relaxation, balancing the deepest recesses of the brain. One then begins to experience feeling immersed in a meditative state which denotes a state somewhere between a person’s sleep and awakened states. Joyful feelings emerge as old stresses, traumas and tensions are released, allowing for the metabolic rate stop and the brain waves to slow down bringing the nervous system into an absorbed state of peace and tranquility.

Some of the benefits or Shirodhara include: stimulating the endocrine system, activating and balancing the pituitary and pineal glands (for hormonal upsets) -simulating pleasure neurotransmitters (for depression, mood swings, emotional insecurities and addictions of various kinds) -helps many diseases connected with the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose and throat -helps various disease of the nervous system -improves digestion and the health of the skin and hair -rejuvenates face by removing worry lines -clears inertia and negativity, grounding a person and giving positive feelings -brings spiritual awakening and increased intuition.

Ayurveda’s main aim is to enhance and preserve the wisdom of every cell throughout our journey in life. Shirodhara truly honors the body as a sacred temple and a vehicle for the divine spirit within, allowing us to  honor our life light.

Please bring a clean towel for your hair. Leave time to sit, unwind and sip some tea..        

Shirodhara - 60 min/$105 ~ Includes head, neck, shoulder and feet. ( Shirodhara only - $55)

Compelete Shirodhara ( Full body Abhyanga ayurvedic massage 60 min, Herbal Wrap and Shirodhara)

Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $205

Please note -  Shirodhara session makes hair VERY oily. Please do not plan social events or outdoor events after your Ayurevda/ Shirodhara/ session. Try to rest staying indoor. You may shower after 2 hours after shirodhra to remove oil from hair as it is recommended to keep oil  on the body for minimum 2 hours (ideally 24 hours) as it continues to heal cells after the therapy. Please bring a large towel to wrap your hair in. 

Warmed Clay Herbal Wrap & Shower  $50 / 20 minute

Garshana - Exfoliation (Dry Lymphatic Brushing)  $20 keep the brush

The brushing  increases circulation, and cleanses the skin so herbal oil can penetrate deeply

This procedure synchronizes  brainwaves and profoundly coordinates and calms the mind, body and spirit. Shirodhara enchances blood circulation to the brain and improves memory. Left alone a few minutes afterwards to relax and assimilate this deeply calming experince.

 

Thin thread of warmed oil is poured over the forehead and scalp. Shirodhara relaxes and calms the mind, pacifies vatha, cleanses, calms, and balances the nervous system, relieves stress, quiets the senses, and improves mental clarity. Shirodhara improves the body’s healing ability and is used before the rejuvenation (Kriya karma) therapies. Shirodhara is usually repeated several times a week for optimal benefits. Shirodhara also adds luster and sheen to the hair, reduces dry scalp, for healthier hair and scalp.

 

 One of only a few places in the Austin and surrounding towns to provide this magnificent form of healing work. Enjoy a private session in the comfort of a quiet, meditative retreat located near Dripping Springs and Lakeway in the Texas Hill Country just outside Austin 

 

 

Dosha Evaluation

According to Ayurveda, there are five fundamental elements that nature is divided into:

Space (Akasha)

Air (Vayu)

Fire (Agni)

Water (Apu)

Earth (Prithvi)

These elements are also what encompass the human physiology. Therefore, everything that is in nature is also within us. By looking at what these elements do in the body and how they function together, Ayurveda pinpoints three principle physiological energies or forces, called Doshas. The three Doshas are known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It is common for people to have a blend of these characteristics, but usually one will tend to be dominate.

Vata

If you are predominantly Vata, you tend to be thin, light, and quick in your thoughts and actions. Change is a constant part of your life. When Vata is balanced, you are creative, enthusiastic, and lively. But if Vata becomes excessive, you may develop anxiety, insomnia, or irregular digestion.

Pitta

If the Pitta dosha is most lively in your nature, you tend to be muscular, smart, and determined. If balanced, you are warm, intelligent, and a good leader. If out of balance, Pitta can make you critical, irritable and aggressive.

Kapha

If you have mostly Kapha in your nature, you tend to have a heavier frame, think and move more leisurely and are stable. When balanced, it creates calmness, sweetness, and loyalty. When excessive, Kapha can cause weight gain, congestion, and resistance to healthy change.

Using the principles of Ayurveda, you can identify your mind/body nature and use this understanding to make the most nourishing choices in your life.