Indian Head Massage
About the treatment
Indian Head Massage originated in India over 1000 years ago and began as a way of keeping the hair in good condition. It is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda. This form of massage works on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, ears and face. The areas are massaged using firm yet gentle, rhythmic movements that involve acupressure points called Marma points. A range of different movements are used including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, pressure points on the face are gently stimulated and stroked. The technique uses controlled movements and has a strong effect on the three higher chakras – the mind, body and spirit. Ayurvedic oils were traditionally used in this form of massage, however, the use of oils is now optional. The client is comfortably seated or laid on a couch throughout and the therapist mostly stands behind or slightly to the side to perform the treatment. Regular sessions of Indian Head Massage will result in a number of health benefits, and a course of treatments may be advised if a complex condition is involved.
What is it good for?
Although an Indian Head Massage involves only the upper part of the body, the potential benefits are widespread. The treatment has many physiological and psychological benefits, and many recipients of Indian Head Massage comment on the fact that they feel as if their whole body is balanced after a treatment.
Indian Head Massage is especially good for reducing stress, tension, fatigue, eye strain, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate. Additionally, Indian Head Massage can help promote healthy hair growth and improve the condition of the scalp.
What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?
Following a treatment, some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness. Indian Head Massage should be avoided if you have had recent surgery, or a head or neck injury; a history of thrombosis or embolism; spondylitis or spondylosis. If you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer or osteoporosis, it's advisable you talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment.
Indian Head Massage is suitable for men, women, the elderly and children of all ages. It is a safe and enjoyable therapy, but there are some medical conditions where it may not be advisable to carry out treatment (see above), which is why a full consultation is carried out before commencing. This also allows the treatment to be tailored to your own needs.
During the treatment, clients remain fully-clothed if oils are not used. The therapy is performed with the client either laying on a couch or sitting on a massage chair if they find that more comfortable. There is the option to have the treatment carried out using blended aromatherapy oils, in which case ladies will need to wear a top with straps that can be pulled down (such as a vest top), a bra or a bikini top so oil can be applied to the shoulders and upper arms - a towel or sarong will be wrapped around the upper body. Oil on the hair itself is entirely optional.