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Shirovasti: Crown of Calm

This beautiful woman from Wisconsin told us she hadn’t had a good night’s sleep since her children were born 25 years ago! After a five-day series of shirovasti therapy, she slept perfectly throughout the night. She slept like the babies who’d triggered her shift to insomnia so long ago. I talked to her recently months after her treatment and she was still enjoying great sleep every night… without drugs!

Shirovasti is known to balance the factors the cause insomnia, and is effective in neutralizing anxiety, depression, travel stress and brain-related or hormonal imbalances.

Some kinds of headaches are well-treated with shirovasti therapy, as well as Bells palsy, some sinus conditions and certain neurological disorders that affect the senses.

Sirovasti even softens facial wrinkles.

The performance of shirovasti is an art, as well as a healing action. The first step is to sculpt a custom-fit crown, moulded to the head with a paste of dahl flour and soft cotton gauze. It’s important to craft a cap that won’t leak, so the process has several steps, involving the creation of a gasket pressed into place with a soft probe. At Rasa Ayurveda, we usually use a candle.

The scalp is left exposed, encircled by cone-shaped vessel. Next, warm, medicated oil is poured in, its flow softened by a ripe jackfruit leaf placed on the head.

Here at Rasa Ayurveda, we hand-make several traditional Ayurvedic and Siddha shirovasti oils from freshly-harvested medicinal botanicals for our patients’ needs. For my last series of shirovasti treatments, I was treated to Dhanvantharam thailam.

Nearly a litre of oil is poured into the cone-shaped vessel around the head, then the leaf is removed and the head and neck are steadied by the therapist’s warm hands. The oil is held for several minutes and the therapy takes effect.

I can attest to a calm that washes thru the system, from head to toes. It’s delicious to drink in such neurological quiet and a deeper relief than I anticipated was possible and unmistakably healing.

After a few long moments in a state of natural meditation, Sudha and Manju two of Rasa’s therapists helped me to bend forward. The gentle pressure on my scalp lightened as the fragrant warm oil was released into a catch basin.

Then we repeated the process twice more as I sunk further into a full-bodied relaxation. Incredibly rejuvenating.

Shirovasti relieves many kinds of vata-related ailments of the head. It can be performed either as part of Purvakarma therapy or independently.

My own experience confirmed the wonders of shirovasti therapy for alleviating eye strain, overall stress and heated emotions.

I’m grateful to receive shirovasti! All the good people I work with at Rasa Ayurveda are grateful that I receive it too, no doubt!

We invite you to come soon to know the benefits of shirovasti also, at Rasa Ayurveda.

Blessings of Balance

Niika Quistgard

Director, Rasa Ayurveda Traditional Healing Centre for Women


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