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Shirodhara is an Unexpected Luxury


Just as exotic as it sounds, a Shirodhara head and scalp treatment is a form of therapy that leaves those that have experienced it wanting for more. The term is a union of two Sanskrit words: Shiro, meaning head, and dhara, meaning to pour in a stream or sprinkle.

This ancient ayurvedic therapy, which originated in India, is the pouring of a continuous stream of specially prepared warm, organic oil over the forehead, where nerves are highly concentrated. The gentle pressure and soothing warmth of streaming oil creates a vibration which allows the body, mind and nervous system to experience a deep state of rest, similar to meditation. The oil saturates the forehead and scalp.

The oil is administered from about two inches above the head via a traditional pure copper ayurvedic vessel with a valve that controls the flow of a little more than two quarts of oil. The vessel is oscillated from one side to the other of the forehead with eyes covered to prevent the oil from dripping onto them. Quiet rest is recommended afterward.

The treatment, which is generally best experienced in the morning or evening, is recommended for insomnia, anxiety, jet lag, relieving tension headaches, reducing shoulder and neck pain, and hypertension.

Alma Lopez Pagan, a licensed massage therapist at the Woodhouse Day Spa, located in the Naples Plaza, 2059 9th St. N., in Naples, specializes in Shirodhara. To make an appointment, call 239-403-7727. For more information, visit

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