Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is traditionally done while you are sitting, but if you prefer, it can be adapted to a lying position

Indian Head Massage is traditionally done while you are sitting, but if you prefer, it can be adapted to a lying position

This relaxing massage manipulates soft tissues in the shoulders and scalp using a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to invigorate the head and neck area. Particularly good to relieve stress.

Indian Head Massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of medicine which has been practised in India for 4,000 years.

Ayurveda means ‘the science of life and longevity’ and is based on balancing body, mind and spirit to promote well-being in a holistic sense – including massage alongside healthy diet, use of herbs, yoga, meditation and exercise.

In Ayurvedic medicine the chakras, often associated with seven of the endocrine glands are areas of subtle energy which may become blocked or impaired and create an imbalance in the body. An accumulation of negative energy can manifest itself in an emotional or physical condition and massage can help re-align the energy and restore harmony.

Massage is an important and integral part of Indian family life where babies are massaged regularly and from the age of six, they then share the giving of massages within the family circle. This not only helps promote good health, it helps the child bond within the family unit to feel secure and happy.

Indian Head Massage has gained popularity in the West as a treatment which is convenient and effective because

  • there is no need to undress
  • a half hour treatment provides ‘quick’ relaxation and stress relief
  • it can be carried out in a small space without the need for sophisticated equipment

The massage includes a range of movements including soft soothing effleurage (stroking); firm stimulating petrissage (kneading) and light, brisk tapotement (percussion). As well as the head, the massage includes

  • upper arms
  • shoulders
  • upper back
  • neck

and may be done ‘dry’ through clothes or using oil with the upper torso exposed.

The benefits of Indian Head massage include

  • Improved blood flow to head, neck and shoulders delivering essential nutrients, removing waste and encouraging cell regeneration
  • Improved lymphatic flow eliminating toxins and stimulating immunity
  • Relaxation of tense muscles and improved muscle tone
  • Improved hair and skin condition
  • Migraine/Headache relief
  • Release of endorphins to elevate the mood and relieve emotional stress

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