Find your inner chi while on holiday with Shirodhara, a deeply relaxing Ayurvedic treatment now offered at EcoHotel El Agua, Tenerife.
Tucked away in the soothing surroundings of the newly built spa, with nothing but the sound of a trickling fountain floating in the gentle Canarian breeze, it's hard not to feel relaxed. But a quick holiday is not enough to calm a busy mind, even if it is in paradise. Shirodhara may sound like another beauty buzzword, but it's an ancient Ayurvedic treatment designed to transport you to a realm of unparalleled serenity, all without leaving the tranquillity of the EcoHotel El Agua.
This exotic spa treatment dates back more than 5,000 years and is steeped in ancient wisdom and deeply healing energy. Shirodhara comes from the Sanskrit words "shiro" (head) and "dhara" (flow). As spa treatments go, it is as luxurious as it is restorative. In essence, Shirodhara consists of a continuous flow of warm, herbal-infused oil that is gently poured over the forehead, stimulating the third eye or Ajna chakra. This profound technique is designed to induce a state of deep relaxation, balance the nervous system and rejuvenate the mind and body.
Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, considers health as a harmonious balance between body, mind and spirit. According to Ayurvedic principles, the world is made up of five basic elements: aakash (space), jala (water), prithvi (earth), teja (fire) and vayu (air). The combination of each of these elements gives rise to the three main humours of Ayurvedic medicine, known as doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. The doshas govern the physical and biological processes of the body and are the individual planes of health and well-being. Shirodhara is widely practised in Ayurvedic medicine to restore the balance of the doshas.
Between Wim Hoff breathing techniques, epigenetic testing, poolside yoga classes and Watsu therapy, take time to rest and relax. Behind the spa's imposing antique carved wooden door lies a haven of peace and serenity. With minimalist, wabi-sabi inspired interiors to soothe the mind and transport guests to a state of mindful tranquillity, the spa at EcoHotel El Agua offers the
ideal environment for this centuries-old treatment. The process begins with an expert in ayurvedic therapies who will tailor the treatment to the individual needs of the guest. Lying down and wrapped in sumptuous towels, the guest is guided into a state of gentle relaxation as the aromatic oil is poured in a rhythmic stream over the forehead, allowing the liquid to flow through the hair and into a specially designed container. As the oil flows down the forehead, it nourishes the scalp, calms the nervous system and promotes a meditative state.
As well as leaving you intoxicated by deep relaxation, this ancient Ayurvedic healing therapy is enriched with a list of benefits as long as your arm. From reducing stress to improving sleep, discover how you can improve your health with this holistic spa treatment.
Imagine pausing your busy thoughts. This is the feeling you get after a Shirodhara treatment. The soothing flow of warm oil induces a sense of calm, promotes the release of serotonin and reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
The state of bliss you will feel after a session is not a passing sensation. With your nervous system calmed and comforted, you can be sure that you will sleep like a newborn baby.
Shirodhara will not only make you feel zen, but its therapeutic benefits are known to improve focus, concentration and mental clarity.
Ayurveda emphasises the balance of energy, or "doshas", within the body. Shirodhara is believed to harmonise these energies, promoting general well-being and vitality.
The herbal-infused Ayurvedic hair oil used in Shirodhara nourishes the hair and scalp, promoting healthy growth and providing a radiant shine.
EcoHotel El Agua's commitment to personalised wellness goes beyond Shirodhara, with a range of customised experiences. Create a tailor-made wellness journey and combine this treatment with other personalised holistic health offerings for optimal results. Not sure where to start? Be inspired by these innovative treatments.
Watsu therapy, performed in a heated pool, combines elements of massage, stretching and joint mobilisation in the water, encouraging deep relaxation and freedom of movement. Consider combining ancient Shirodhara wisdom with the flowing movements of Watsu therapy and feel not only physical rejuvenation, but also emotional and spiritual balance.
Don't let your spa experience end at Shirodhara. Enhance your detox with a warm and relaxing sauna session. Ending your spa day in the sauna is a fantastic way to cleanse the body of impurities and kick-start the rejuvenation process.
Follow the principles of Ayurveda and combine your Shirodhara treatment with a personalised nutritional consultation. To create a balanced and healthy diet that aligns with your dosha, EcoHotel El Agua's nutritional consultant will formulate a plan for optimal holistic health. When combined with Shirodhara, you will be on the path to a complete and harmonious rejuvenation of mind, body and spirit.
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