How	Shirodhara	can	enhance	an	Abhyangam	Experience
Abhyangam	Massage,	as	you	know,	induces	muscle	relaxation	and	has	a
calming	 effect.	 Shirodhara,	 the	 pouring	 of	 a	 liquid	 over	 the	 forehead,
induces	a	deep	relaxation	on	 the	 level	of	 the	mind.	When	shirodhara	 is
done	 after	 Ayurvedic	 massage	 or	 abhyangam	 there	 is	 a	 deep
enhancement	of	 the	relaxing	effects	which	occurs	due	 to	 the	sequential
use	of	both	these	body	therapies.
Strengthens	The	Mind
The	 head	 is	 the	 substratum	 for	 life	 (Prana).	 All	 the	 sense	 organs
(Indriyas)	 are	 situated	 on	 the	 head.	 The	 head	 occupies	 the	 first	 place
amongst	the	vital	organs	of	the	body.
The	process	of	shirodhara	provides	strength	to	one's	vitality	(Prana)	and
all	 the	 sense	 organs	 (Indriyas).	 The	 sense	 organs	 are	 in	 close	 contact
with	 the	 mind	 so	 when	 they	 remain	 healthy,	 the	 mind	 automatically
remains	healthy.	In	this	way	shirodhara	keeps	the	body	and	mind	healthy.
Shirodhara	Massage	Purifies	The	Mind
Shirodhara	 mainly	 works	 on	 the	 mental	 sheath	 (manomaya	 kosha).	 It
effectively	 purifies	 the	 mental	 sheath,	 where	 patterns	 of	 behavior
(vasanas)	 and	 emotional	 traumas	 can	 distract	 the	mind	 from	 its	 role	 in
supporting	good	health	and	spiritual	growth.
Once	 the	 mental	 sheath	 is	 cleared,	 the	 individual	 mind	 can	 choose,
without	 distraction,	 to	move	 into	 the	 bliss	 sheath	 (anandamaya	 kosha).
Once	 the	 bliss	 sheath	 is	 activated,	 the	 flow	 of	 energy	 (Shakti)	 and
consciousness	can	 freely	move	 through	each	and	every	sheath	(kosha)
creating	 better	 health,	 peace	 of	 mind,	 and	 spiritual	 progress	 through
If	 the	 subtle	 bodies,	 doshas,	 Vata,	 energy	 channels	 (nadis),	 center	 of
activity	 (chakras),	 and	 channels	 (srotas)	 are	 blocked,	 then	 there	 is
physical	 imbalance,	 emotional	 disturbance,	 and	mental	 unrest	 which	 is
very	prevalent	in	our	current	society.
Shirodhara	Massage	Encourages	Bliss
During	the	shirodhara