Indian Head Massage
What is an Indian Head Massage?
This therapeutic and popular treatment is a traditional Indian technique of massaging the upper back, neck, shoulders, arms, scalp and face. The technique was originally developed by Indian women who used oils to help keep the hair strong, lustrous and in a healthy condition. The treatment in India is traditionally performed as part of the treatment given by hairdressers and masseurs and is commonly seen being performed on street corners, markets and the beach. In western society the Indian Head Massage is given to treat symptoms of stress and fatigue in the workplace. The effects of this ‘Ayurvedic’ form of treatment (the massage of the upper body – not only the head) are many.
This gentle and highly effective, complementary, non-intrusive treatment can be carried out anywhere. You can also be treated without the use of any massage oil. The recipient can stay fully clothed; however, shoes and jewellery are removed.
What is ‘Ayurveda’?
The ancient practice of ‘Ayurveda’ goes back nearly 5,000 years ago in India. ‘Ayurveda’ operates under the premise that each individual was born with a unique constitution or ‘dosha’ that can be either ‘Vata’, ‘Pitta’, ‘Kapha’, or a combination of either two or three of them. It’s considered to be a science of balance and longevity. The goal of ‘Ayurvedic Therapy’ is to keep the body and its ‘doshas’ in balance, bringing both mental and physical wellbeing and health.
Indian Head Massage for whom?
This type of massage is for people who suffer from headaches, migraine and eyestrain, lack of concentration, muscular tension, stress related symptoms (e.g. mental fatigue, insomnia). Everyone including the very young and the elderly can receive this wonderful massage. The benefits of an Indian Head Massage are numerous as it works on a mental and psychological level and includes increased blood flow, relaxation, and toning of muscles, improving function of lymphatic system, by releasing toxins from the body. The massage stimulates the release of the endorphins from the brain which helps pain relief, anxiety and depression and improves concentration and alertness. Overall, Indian Head Massage will restore a sense of balance, wellbeing and tranquillity.
Contra indications are very high or low blood pressure, high temperature or fever, swelling and inflammation, infections, cough and flu, cancer or other severe medical conditions (and whilst undergoing treatment as the treatment stimulates the lymph system), severe bruising and any severe skin condition, injuries, accidents or surgery (back, shoulder, arms spine, neck, head), whiplash and concussion, thrombosis or embolism, heart condition or osteoporosis.
How does the Head Massage heal?
The treatment will improve the blood flow to the upper body, which increases the distribution of oxygen and nutrients thus encouraging healing throughout the recipient’s body. By doing so, Head Massage stimulates hair growth and revitalises the brain; it also promotes relaxation and the toning of muscles. One major effect of the massage is the improvement of the function of the lymphatic system. Regular recipients of this massage therefore enjoy a general feeling of wellbeing as the body can heal itself after a stress- and tension-relieving treatment.
What does the treatment involve?
Ideal for any neck or shoulder tension, the massage starts on the back and neck working deeply but gently over the muscles and pressure points that help the muscles to relax. This is followed by a massage of the shoulders, arms and then scalp. Finally, the treatment finishes with a wonderful soothing face massage, which includes pressure points and draining techniques that may help cure headaches and sinus problems.
The massage does not necessarily require removal of clothing – comfortable loose clothing like a thin top can be pushed up during the massage. The recipient is either in a sitting position or is lying down. If preferred, a client can choose a treatment without the use of massage oil.
After a treatment
The relaxed and balanced feeling lasts some time as the body’s lymphatic system encourages detoxification. It is recommended to have regular treatments to help maintain this state.
After the session the body finds it easier to flush out any ‘waste’. The recipient will gain maximum benefit from the treatment if resting afterwards and drinking plenty of water – being aware of the detoxifying effect for about 48 hours after the treatment.