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It was a sunny spring morning when I made my way to Karma Dental Care in Wandsworth to experience the Face the World signature facial. A holistic treatment involving sensory immersion in different cultures and environments, the unique facial was created by Lizzie Badger, whose background was in forensic science before she ventured into the beauty and wellness sphere.
During a subsequent meeting with Lizzie, I asked her what had inspired her to make such a dramatic change in career. Her answer was simple: work had made her stressed out, tired and ill, and she had booked a massage nearby to where she lived in an effort to relax. The Thai massage she had chosen blissed her out so much, that she got to thinking about treatments all around the world. And the rest, as they say, is history...
Having previously floated out of Ayurveda Pura after a marma abhyanga Ayurveda energising massage, I was excited to return to the East London spa to experience their shirodhara treatment. The name shirodhara comes from the Sanskrit words shiro (head) and dhara (flow) and when you learn what the treatment involves, it all makes sense. Shirodhara is an Ayurvedic therapy, which involves the rhythmic pouring and flow of liquid onto the forehead. The liquid is usually oil, but in traditional Ayurveda can be made up of milk, buttermilk, coconut water, or even plain water, depending on what is being treated.
The list of conditions that shirodhara can be used to treat is long and varied; including headaches, migraine, neuralgia, sinusitis, allergies, eye disorders, nervous system disorders,...
Rebecca Goodyear is a leading natural lifestyle expert. Voted number five in the 'Who's Who of Natural Beauty 2014', Rebecca runs a boutique PR agency specialising in the natural products industry. She works with leading beauty and health brands - including supplements, food, holistic living and fitness - and her own award-winning blog, Biteable Beauty, focuses on the same subjects.See my profile