Shiro means head and Abhyangam refers to an Ayurvedic Massage. So, as the name suggests Shiro Abhyangam focuses on areas such as head, shoulders and neck. These are the areas that are thought to be most affected by stress and hence Shiro Abhyangam is beneficial in reducing pain and stress in this area.
Shiro vasti is a part of panchakarma treatment in ayurveda. ‘Shira’referse to head, thus shiro vasti is the procedure where medicated oil is retained on the head for a particular period of time. A leather sleeve of about 6 to 8 inches height is placed on the patients head and sealed in to position with help of the paste of black gram powder or wheat powder. The medicated oil is heated till it becomes lukewarm. This lukewarm medicated oil is then poured slowly in a constant and continuous stream in to the space inside the leather sleeve placed on the head. It is then allowed to be retained for a particular period of time. The oil is soured up and heated till it becomes lukewarm and is poured back again. This soaking up and warming of the medicated oil is done through out the whole procedure as and when the poured medicated oil becomes cold. This treatment helps in treating paralysis, depression, anxiety and insomnia.
The therapy have proven some benefits in treating facial paralysis, excess hair loss, lubricating nostrils and throat and also provides unparalleled relaxation from stress and strain of life.. It improves texture of hair and promotes its growth. This treatment is used for diseases related to brain and neurological, migraine, head ache, depression. The duration of the procedure varies from individual to individual depending up on the conditions. Generally it takes 40 to 60 minutes. The course of the treatment is depend up on the instructions from the physician like 7 days 14 days etc. Dhanwandaram tailam, shudhabala tailam, ksheera bala tailam, bringamalakadi tailam etc. are some of the medicated oils used for shiro vasti. The conditions of the patient is consider while choosing the ayurvedic oil for the treatment.
Thalapothichil is a special procedure of application of medicated paste on the head. Thalapothichil is also called as Shirolepa (anointment to head/ head pack). Thalapothichil is from Malayalam where thala refers to head and pothichil is covering. It is the traditional Ayurveda treatment of Kerala which is very effective in various treatments for Hair loss & premature graying and also cures dandruff and for some diseases of the scalp. Basically Thalapothichil is also a cooling treatment.
Application of an exotic, customized herbal paste on the face. Mukhalepam is a simple Ayurvedic skin care therapy which includes applying freshly prepared facial creams and massaging them onto the face. Mukham in Malayalam means face and lepa, lepana or lepanam means application of a paste. The exotic herbal pack contains different herbs made into a paste. It prevents aging of skin, avoids wrinkles and gives a good skin tone. It avoids pigmentation or discoloration of facial skin, and is beneficial in treating sun burn related conditions. The herbal combination is chosen after assessing the skin type of the person and the specific requirements.
The powder massage is a method of using upward strokes in order to cleanse the skin and increase circulation in the body while breaking down fat storage . A combination of Ayurvedic powders, oils kashayam and nava rice are used to gently massage the skin bringing back the skins radiance. This treatment has the ability to clear clogged impurities therby nourishing & enhancing skin’s complexion.
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