Shiro Abhyanga consists of two words: Shiro (head) and Abhyanga (massage), essentially meaning a complete massage of the head, neck and shoulders using Ayurvedic vegetable oils. These are the areas that are most affected by stress, which is why Shiro Abhyanga is beneficial in reducing pain and stress in these areas.
Basic oils should also be selected based on the "Prakriti" which is a person's body type.
- Vata Prakriti (dry scalp) - Castor oil and sesame oil provide extra nourishment and warmth
- Pitta Prakriti (Sensitive Scalp Hair ) - Coconut oil and sandalwood oil provide cooling properties
- Kapha (Oily scalp) - Mustard oil is beneficial in small amounts for scalp health