Presence Massage Ruidoso, Licensed Massage Therapist. Deep Tissue, Spa Treatments, Ayurveda, Shirodhara, Structural Integration.
What is Shirodhara Therapy?

Shirodhara means `the flowing of oil like a thread (dhara) on the head (shiro).

  • This treatment allows warm oil to flow in a steady stream on the third eye (6th chakra) located on the forehead and over the top of the head (crown chakra).

  • Shirodhara rejuvenates both the mind and the senses, which allows the body's natural healing mechanisms to release stress from the nervous system and improve mental clarity and comprehension.

  • Shirodhara is a profound mind-melting, sacred treatment using medicinal ayurvedic oils, sometimes followed or preceded by massage.

  • Shirodhara therapy is suitable as a stand alone service, or combined with other treatments such as body wraps, salt glows, massage, dry brushing or steam therapy.

  • During PanchaKarma, a traditional Ayurvedic cleansing therapy, Shirodhara is usually given for twenty minutes, daily during a five-day treatment period. It uses oils made with special herbs that calm and nourish the nervous system.

  • The technician administers the liquid in a thin stream which flows from a copper vessel hung approximately 6-8 inches above the patient's forehead.

  • This therapy takes about one hour. The actual flow of oil takes 30 minutes.

My Shirodhara treatment begins with a foot massage, goes on to a head and neck massage which includes marma points and ends with the flow of oil on the forehead, bringing you into a deeply meditative and healing state of being. Duration is 60 min and the cost is $85. 64 oz of herbal oil is yours to take home or use for a discount on your next shirodhara treatment. Depending on what kind of empty bottles I have on hand, you may receive less oil. You receive a $10 discount for each time you reuse your oil, and your oil can be used for you up to 4 times.

After Shirodhara your hair will be covered in oil. You may use the private shower at my studio directly after your treatment, or you can leave the oil on your hair for 2 hours or more, which is recommended for the full healing effect. A towel is provided to wrap your head with for the trip home, if you choose this option. If you are strongly adverse to oil, this treatment may not be for you. However, if you've never had an oil treatment before, you don't know what you're missing!

Gift Certificates - are available for any treatment Western Massage or Ayurvedic Treatments. Gift certificates are great for the person who has everything, or as a surprise to your loved one while on vacation. You can come to my studio and buy them directly from me, or you can pay with Paypal to shiva_didj[at]yahoo[dot]com (replacing the [at] with "@" and [dot] with ".") and I can mail the gift certificate anywhere you like. The gift certificates are postcard style and come with an envelope. You can choose from two styles: Gift of Massage or Serenity. The back of the card looks like this.


If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to contact me by email.


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