Shiro Abhyanga is a Sanskrit word. It is composed of two words, Shira or head and Abhyanga, which means to induce specific and special movements on the body with a gentle oil massage.
Shiro Abhyanga is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy, involving a technique of the application of warm, herb-infused oil over the head with a gentle massage. It is one of the most relaxing and stress relieving procedures. Shiro Abhyanga has a variety of beneficial effects on the mind and body. It is one treatment among the four main Murdhni Taila (head oil applications); the three others are Shiro Dhara, Shiro Pichu and Shiro Basti. Various oils are used according to varying body constitutions and disease conditions.
With Shiro Abhyanga, the oil is absorbed into the deepest tissues of the scalp, nourishing the hair and skin and infusing the medicinal effect of the herbs into deeper layers of the body.
Synonyms: Shirah Snehana, Murdhni Taila