Snehadhara - streaming and massage with oil in Ayurveda
The process of pouring oil on the whole body with simultaneous massaging is called snehadhara (sneha- oil and dhara- pouring). It is of two types – dhara over the whole body except the head and dhara over the whole body, including the head. For a really effective sarvangadhara, at least five people are needed to attend to the patient but now-a-days usually only two people perform this therapy. Before starting the therapy, oil should be applied on the head of the patient. The patient is then made to lie on a droni and two attendants each stand on either side. Nozzled mud or bronze pitchers (kindis) are used for pouring the oil, which should be kept warm throughout the course of the treatment. While the attendants pour oil with their right hand, they also massage the patient using their left hand.