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How to Pour Oil for a Shirodhara Massage

Learn how to pour the oil during a Shirodhara massage from massage therapist Lara Narayani Golland in this Ayurvedic body massage Howcast video.


For the purpose of this video, we're going to do a brief one pour demonstration for the Shirodhara session. Usually, there's a pour and then there's a continuous heating of oil, and it flows through the system, either manually or with a machine.This is a manual Shirodhara setup.

So, in preparing to do the drip, I will make sure that the hair is tucked into the vessel. So, I have the oil heated to the appropriate temperature, and I'm going to cover the pot just to make sure that no oil drips out, and to be very mindful in how I bring the oil onto the head of the client. And I will open up the vessel, and I will begin with a drip on the hair, moving slightly. This is what I love about Ajara setup, is that I can move and control the top here, and the flow.

Then, I will move it in, back and forth, until I find a point on the center of the forehead that is aligning with her center. It's about the center of the forehead. And finding this point is very intuitive, which is another reason that it's important for the practitioner to cultivate a meditation practice and to be aware of how energy flows in the body.

For the sake of this demonstration, we're going to complete the pour. If this was a real session, this pour would be anywhere from 15 to 30, 35, 40 minutes, depending on the need of the client.

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