Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda and has been practised in India for thousands of years. Usually performed while the client is seated, this popular massage takes around 20-30 minutes and works on the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face to help ease a variety of stress-related conditions and relieve muscular tension. It’s simple to learn, highly effective and makes a great accompaniment to other therapies such as body massage, aromatherapy and reiki.
What is Indian Head Massage?
It’s Evolved Through the Ages
In India, from birth through to old age, the tradition of massage has been passed down through the generations and is very much a part of everyday family life. Receiving a head massage during a trip to the barber’s shop is commonplace in India and it is also incorporated into special rituals such as weddings and births.
It’s Carried Out Through Clothes
You do not need to undress for an Indian Head Massage as it can be carried out without oils, through light clothing. This makes it particularly suitable for anyone new to massage or clients who might be a little bit apprehensive about having treatment.
It’s Great for Healthy Hair
When we’re stressed, the scalp can tense and tighten up, restricting blood flow to the area. Regular Indian Head Massage can help by stimulating the blood flow to the follicles to loosen the area up, which in turn delivers the nourishing nutrients needed to encourage healthy hair growth and to promote strong and shiny hair.
It’s Wonderful with Oils
Oils can be incorporated into an Indian Head Massage to soften the skin and deeply condition the hair. Sesame is a popular general purpose oil traditionally used in Ayurvedic massage. As well as being ultra-nourishing, this balancing oil is also believed to help relieve muscular pain and stiffness. Olive oil is a good alternative and is particularly suitable for dry hair and scalps.
It’s Good for Headaches
The combination of brisk friction movements to stimulate and refresh and slower, circular petrissage movements to soothe and relieve neck and scalp tension, make Indian Head Massage an effective treatment for headache sufferers. With regular treatments, the frequency and intensity of stress-related headaches can reduce significantly, as the massage releases tension and promotes relaxation.
It’s Soothing for Eyes and Sinuses
Indian Head Massage also involves working on the pressure points on the forehead and around the eye sockets to relax and soothe tense muscles and eye strain. Working on the cheekbone pressure points can also be useful to relieve blocked sinuses.
Indian Head Massage may be contraindicated for people with certain health issues or medical conditions, so it’s always best to check with your GP before receiving treatment.