Shirodhara stems from the Sanskrit for head (‘shiro’) and flow (‘dhara’). Your therapist delicately drips liquid between your eyebrows, be that oil, milk, water or buttermilk. A massage often precedes or follows.

Shirodhara helps rebalance your doshas, the life forces flowing through your body, by tapping into them through your head—hence the therapy’s etymology.

Research suggests shirodhara can improve sleep quality, reduce stress, and help people manage insomnia.

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