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Shiro Abhyanga


According to requirements


45 minutes

About the treatment

Shiro abhyanga is an exceptionally soothing and relaxing therapy not just for the head and neck but also offers comprehensive wellbeing for the whole body and mind. Our head is home to our seat of consciousness (the brain) and all the tools of the sense organs (eyes, ears, nose, tongue) that operate us. It is our command centre and as such, we have a responsibility to care, nurture and strengthen it in order to create an efficient, happy, healthy system. Working with warm medicated oils and the body’s vital marma points, this nourishing therapy promotes natural functioning removing physical and emotional energy blocks and relieving mental and muscular tension. It is an essential housekeeping prevention tool when used regularly and great for anti-aging and rejuvenation.

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Abhyanga can be roughly translated as ‘oil massage.’ This comes from the sanskrit word ‘anga’ meaning movement and the prefix ‘abhi’ meaning ‘different, against or contrary.’ A synonym of the word is ‘abhyanjana’ meaning ‘to smear,’ ‘to anoint oil’ or ‘unctuousness’ (oily, greasy, soapy.)

Traditionally, abhyanga is one of the Dinacharya methods (daily practices) encouraged in ayurveda for maintaining optimal health. It is also used as a Purvakarma (essential pre-treatment) for ayurvedic Panchakarma and is considered a Bahya Snehana Therapy as it nourishes the senses of the mind and gives strength to the body. Sneha takes on many meanings such as ‘that which oils,’ ‘to be attached to’ and also ‘compassion, ’warmth’ and most notably ‘love.’

We all understand the significance of these qualities and how they affect us. Love is the foundation for all other emotions and creates positive energies and connections. We also understand the importance of connective touch – from our newborn beginnings we crave skin to skin contact and there is much research to prove that touch and a connection with our skin is essential for longevity and a happy, healthy life.

Skin is the largest organ of the body and as such plays a vital role in many of the dynamic processes that maintain homeostasis including elimination and immunity. During abhyanga, the internal fluids of the skin are massaged in specific patterns and worked through the tissues to dilute accumulated ama (toxins) and mobilise excess doshas towards the gastrointestinal tract for smooth elimination. Using a good amount of warm oils to reduce friction, this therapy also works on the nervous system. The rhythmical movements encourage the body to generate its own charge creating a calming, healing and rejuvenating effect.

Ayurveda recommends this therapy daily for many conditions and for overall wellbeing and a simple practice can be developed at home.

Marma therapy is often performed during abhyanga treatments to enhance its benefits. The science of Marma was originally part of the Vedic martial arts or Dhanur Veda, one of the four Upavedic scripts dating back to the same time and origins as ayurveda and yoga. It comes from the Sanskrit word ‘mri’ meaning ‘root’ and the suffix ‘manin’ meaning ‘seat of life’ and so together is understood as ‘secret’ or ‘essence’ and pertains to 108 particular, sensitive points in the body where there are intersections of veins, muscles, joints, ligaments or tendons. These points contain vital prana energy forces and as such, are more sensitive to injury than any other parts of the body. However, these fine ‘doorways’ into our inner pathways can be gently manipulated to sustain the flow of energy throughout the body. Marma therapy enhances immunity, clears emotional blockages, increases energy levels, provides pain relief and much more.


Shiro abhyango has many benefits to include:

o Relaxing body and mind
o Improving blood circulation
o Reducing hair loss, promoting softness and shine
o Aiding scalp problems such as dandruff, itchy and dryness
o Improving facial wrinkles
o Boosting blood circulation
o Draining accumulated toxins from head and face
o Aiding sleep


Shiro abhyanga is recommended for many disorders including:

o Stress
o Insomnia
o History of headaches or migraines
o Frozen shoulder
o Repetitive stress injury to head or neck
o Hair loss, premature greying
o Vertigo
o Tinnitus/ringing of the ear


Shiro abhyanga is not recommended under the following conditions:

• During the first 3 months of pregnancy
• Acute fever, chest or sinus congestion
• Active cold, cough or flu symptoms
• Active headache of unknown cause
• Open or bleeding wounds, healing scalp or psoriasis

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