Mar 22, 2019


with Lisa Bordner, LMP, CST

In this ancient and deeply nourishing Ayurvedic treatment, warm oil is poured over the forehead in a gentle steady stream, preceded by a head, neck and face massage. During Shirodhara, brain waves become synchronous, metabolism is calmed and neurohormones are released for a deep level of healing to be accessed. Incredibly soothing and rejuvenating for the nervous system, this Ayurvedic treatment is one of the key five elements of the ancient healing practice called Pancha Karma, and is used to nourish, relieve stress and exhaustion, balance emotions, and calm the mind. Many agree that after Shirodhara they feel a deep sense of rest and relaxation, while feeling more centered, calm and clear. The full benefits of Shirodhara are even more profound when it is received as a series of sessions for deep and long-lasting effect.

Benefits of Shirodhara
1. Soothes and invigorates the senses, inducing a state of well-being
2. Increased clarity of mind
3. Opens and soothes the face, forehead, and mental function
4. Releases stagnant energy from the body
5. Allows new information to be handled with ease
6. Eases access to short and long-term memory
7. Releases a flow of psychic impressions, lucid dreaming, cognitive memories
8. Reduces insomnia and induces calm, restful sleep
9. Stimulates the release of trapped fluid from the sinuses
10. Reduces wrinkles in the face and dark circles under the eyes

Shirodhara is done with the client lying on their back on a massage table in a warm room. The practitioner massages the head then positions a copper vessel full of warm oil above the head to stream a continuous gentle flow of warm oil onto the forehead. Like most Ayurvedic treatments, Shirodhara is specifically done according to each individual’s constitution, and the benefits can be profound and long-lasting.

I invite you to experience this incredible form of bodywork and the wonderful gifts of Ayurveda, a profound yet simple ancient healing science.

For appointments and more information on Shirodhara, Craniosacral Therapy and Somatic Resourcing, contact: Lisa Bordner, LMP, 971.409.9626 or