Dhara (flowing oil) Therapies 

Dhara is the Sanskrit word for stream which refers to the stream of warm flowing herbal aroma-therapeutic preparations which are poured over the head or body during these luxurious therapies. Originally reserved for only the royalty of India these therapies are designed to literally turn back time. Dhara therapies are classified in two categories: Sarvanga Dhara in which preparations are poured over the entire body and Shiro Dhara in which preparations are poured over the forehead and head

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SHIRODHARA "shear-o-dara" 

(flowing herbal oil on the forehead) 

allow 45mins ~ $115 

Shirodhara is a beautiful therapy which awakens the mind and lulls the entire bodily organism into a state of calmness. Massage and stimulation of the Marma points of the head, neck and shoulders is followed by a continuous warm stream of organic herbal oils poured on and across the forehead. A deep meditative and intuitive state is awakened and a shift of awareness and mental clarity is experienced. Shirodhara quiets the mind, releases stress and produces a sense of deep calmness. This procedure often induces a heightened mental state which creates profound relaxation of the mind and body. Shirodhara’s effects are enhanced when taken after a Shiroabhyanga or Abhyanga. A rest period of one hour prior to exercise during which the head is kept warm is suggested after this therapy.

Benefits: This therapy has been traditionally used to help relieve insomnia, headaches, hair loss, greying, stress, sinus congestion, anxiety, psychological illness, nervous disorders, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, vertigo, tinnitus, mental exhaustion and depression; revitalize the pituitary and pineal glands and central nervous system. Optimal benefits are experienced after a series of therapies from 3-7+ days. 



KSHEERADHARA "kshee-ra-dara" 

(flowing herbal milk on the forehead)

allow 45mins ~ $115

 

Shirodhara with warm herbal milk is called Ksheeradhara. Massage and stimulation of the Marma points of the head, neck and shoulders is followed by a continuous warm stream of herbal milk poured over the forehead. Decoctions of various Ayurvedic herbs are added to the milk which is specifically used to pacify Pitta disorders.  Ksheeradhara helps to cool the head and mind of excess heat and anger, releases stress and produces a sense of deep calmness. Ksheeradhara’s effects are enhanced when taken after a Shiroabhyanga or Abhyanga. A rest period of one hour prior to exercise during which the head is kept warm is suggested after this therapy.

Benefits: This therapy has been traditionally used to help: soothe irritability, ocular headaches, anger, hair loss, greying, skin diseases, dandruff, psoriasis, excess perspiration, hot flashes and sunburn; revitalize the pituitary and pineal glands and central nervous system. Optimal benefits are experienced after a series of therapies from 3-7+ days. 



SARVANGADHARA "sar-vun-ga-dara" 

(flowing oil on the body)

allow 1.5hrs (1 therapist) ~ $199


In Sarvangadhara, litres of warm organic oil are poured and massaged all over the client’s body. An experienced therapist uses one hand to pour the warm oil while massaging with the other, bringing the entire body into a state of fulfillment and bliss. Also known as Pizzichilli this luxurious therapy was once reserved only for the royalty of India. It is of the most nourishing therapies in Ayurveda. 

Because of the very oily nature of this therapy, no sheets can be used for draping the client who can wear the disposable underpants provided.

Please do not eat for 1-2 hours prior to this therapy. A rest period of one hour prior to exercise is suggested after this therapy.

Benefits: Sarvangadhara is recommended for diseases caused by a vitiation of the Vata dosha and has been traditionally used to help: anxiety; moving pain; dryness; arthritis; Parkinson’s; paralysis; muscle spasms; degenerative diseases that affect the muscles and nerves, etc. Optimal benefits are experienced after a series of therapies from 3-7+ days. 


SARVANGA KSHEERADHARA "sar-vun-ga ksheer-ra-dara" 

(flowing milk on the body)

allow 1.5hrs (1 therapist) ~ $199


Sarvanga Ksheeradhra, is a luxurious therapy in which warm herbal milk is poured and massaged over the entire body. As a first step, warm organic herbal aroma-therapeutic Samya Dosha Oil is massaged on the head. The therapy continues while the client is massaged and bathed in litres of warm herbal milk. Decoctions of various Ayurvedic herbs are added to the milk. An experienced therapist uses one hand to pour the warm milk while massaging with the other, bringing the entire body into a state of fulfillment and bliss.

Because of the very oily nature of this therapy, no sheets can be used for draping the client who can wear the disposable underpants provided.

Please do not eat for 1-2 hours prior to this therapy. A rest period of one hour prior to exercise is suggested after this therapy.

Benefits: Sarvanga Ksheeradhara is usually recommended for Pitta disorders and has been traditionally used to help: sharp pains; swollen joints; sports injuries; inflammations; arthritis; excess heat; skin disorders, etc. Optimal benefits are experienced after a series of therapies from 3-7+ days.

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