One of the limitations of this study was that participants were not blinded as to which Shirodhara
treatment they were receiving.
The spa even offers Shirodhara
, an Ayurvedic treatment that involves pouring a warm stream of herbal oils, medicated milk and buttermilk rhythmically in a guided meditation over the supine client's forehead.
For example, a Shirodhara
treatment pours a fine stream of oil on the middle of the forehead, a region known as the "third eye" or ajana chakra.
Treatments include among others the classical Keeraleeya Abhyangam sychronised therapy that uses harmonious strokes, rhythm, speed and pressure by two therapists, Udwartanam, a dry herbal massage treatment that uses classical ayurvedic herbal powders, and Shirodhara
, where a soothing, steady stream of warm oil flows over the forehead, triggering a healing process that relaxes the entire body and calms and clears the mind.
They include anything from mud wraps to the weird-sounding Ayurvedic treatment called Shirodhara
(where warm oil is dribbled onto your forehead for 20 minutes).
is an ancient Ayurveda treatment which originated in India The holistic therapy, which involves having specially-blended oils gently poured over your forehead, is said to help insomnia, stress, nervous tension and headaches.
Furthermore, Ayurveda offers subtle therapies to restore balance at all levels, such as Shirodhara
(mental rejuvenation therapy), Marma Chikitsa tenergy point therapy), or panchakarma, a deep cleansing and rejuvenation program.
We could have sent you to the day spa for some therapeutic body work, but we know you've already had your Ayurvedic-inspired Shirodhara
warm oil forehead treatment for the week.
From Thai to Ayurvedic massages, Shirodhara
to Tropical Rain Mists, the treatments are influenced by traditional Asian practices.
We tried: Shirodhara
head massage, pounds 58 for 50 mins at The Sanctuary (0870 770 3350).
You might treat yourself to a relaxing massage, have a beautifying body scrub or even try out an exotic healing therapy such as Shirodhara
, where hot oil is poured into the mystical 'third eye' to minimise stress.
is a luxurious treatment in which a stream of oil is poured over the forehead between the eyebrows to relieve stress.