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May 5, 2012

My oily Shirodhara experience – do I look balanced?!

I know, I know, that was very lame but after todays Shirodhara experience, I am undecided.Something you do not know about me is that I am a sucker for a good massage. It is truly the best therapy for battling everyday life and a necessary indulgence.

I am partial to a traditional Thai massage, something which needs to be experienced at least once. It is NOT meant to be painful, in fact, NO massage should be a painful experience, but it is “strong” and full of stretching – think a passive yoga exercise.

I regularly get mine from a lovely place in suburban Brisbane, Temple Thai Day Spa where the girls were trained at Wat Po Medical School , Bangkok and the massage they do is as authentic as the school itself.

Today, I decided to treat myself and try something new. Shirodhara. It is an Indian ayurvedic therapy designed for relaxation and balance and it went like this:

I was greeted by the lovely Karen who started to massage my legs & feet with unscented black sesame oil as I lay face down. I’m thinking some lovely warm fresh tofu with sliced green onions! She explained that the Indian massage worked the accupressure points along the meridians and she had very strong thumbs! She also used a small copper bowl to massage my feet & legs as apparently the copper is said to draw out toxins. Karen decided that I must be “Vata” type and my digestion needed to be kicked into action. (If only she knew about my recent eat-fest the US!) Being accustomed to a strong massage, I was surprised at the pressure. Good start. After 20 minutes of this, Karen then worked on my arms, hands, upper back and shoulders – mmmm…..yummy, keep going!! She then proceeded to work on my neck and head. Then more head massage and more and more head massage….. She pummelled and scratched and shook and ruffled and poked and pulled my hair. It was not unpleasant, but after 30 minutes, I started to wonder if I was going to have any hair left!! Fortunately, it was time to roll over and my scalp was relieved…….for a moment…because then she continued to massage my head and face. By now I was ready to be rolled in sesame seeds and good for frying! After at least 90 minutes of massage (45 at least, on my head), Karen hooked up the copper bottle and warmed some sweet almond oil with black sesame tincture. She placed a cloth over my eyes and filled the bottle to start the slow flow of oil on my forehead (third eye). Now this is where I sort of lost it… My first fleeting thought that went through my mind, was how both my sons, as babies, loved their foreheads being stroked. Hmmm, nice.. Then the temperature of the oil started to fluctuate, cool then warm, then cool again. Then the flow faltered and it started to drip, drip, tap, tap, tap. Hmmm, not so good. I lay there wondering if I was enjoying this, am I missing something?

The oil ran into my hair and into a tray set up under the head rest. It was collected up again and the bottle refilled, I became conscious of it not smelling so fresh, hmmm, I really am trying to like this.. After 20 minutes or so, Karen, stopped the flow and resumed my head massage, OMG – will I have ANY HAIR LEFT????!!

On completion, Karen hot towelled my face and squeezed out as much oil as she could out of my hair and suggested that I not shower for a few hours to let my body absorb the goodness of the oil. I have to admit that I couldn’t wait to get home and get rid of the slick. Did I enjoy it? I am still not sure. Can anyone give me any feedback on their Shirodhara experience?

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Natural New Age Mum permalink
    May 5, 2012 8:28 pm

    wow! I have always wondered what the oil pouring on the third eye was like …

    • May 5, 2012 8:46 pm

      well, I don’t know if I am the right person to advocate it but I just relayed my personal experience. You really have to give it a go yourself. My therapist was really lovely and had great hands although I don’t know if the administration of the oil was quite right or not…

      • Natural New Age Mum permalink
        May 5, 2012 8:51 pm

        I don’t have that option around here – I am hanging out for holidays to get some different treatments…. know any good places on the Sunny Coast?

      • May 6, 2012 9:09 pm

        I shall investigate for you!

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