The person who has to undergo the Shirodhara treatment lies on a table. The Sirodhara vessel is a wide mouthed bowl with a small hole at the bottom and a wick is inserted through the hole. This vessel is hung over the head of the person such that the wick is about two inches above the forehead of the person. The vessel is filled with the required medium and is made to flow in a continuous stream through the wick on to the upper part of the forehead. A cloth or cotton pad is placed above the forehead to prevent the medium flowing to the eyes. The warm oil or other medium used is collected, re-circulated, and the process continues for certain duration as suggested by the practitioner. On completion of the flow of oil, the client is allowed to rest for a few minutes, before the residual oil is wiped from the hair.
These benefits are further enhanced after a massage or Abhyangam, when the body is already relaxed and in a receptive state.