What is Indian Head Massage?
Head massage originated in India over a thousand years ago and is an extremely effective therapy based on old Ayurvedic techniques which involve working on the upper back, shoulders, neck, face and scalp. Massaging the head can be very beneficial in relieving the stress and tension that fill our day to day lives and is probably the oldest therapy known to man. It has been practised in the Far and Middle East for at least 5000 years and the benefits have been acknowledged for generations.
How can it help me?
Indian Head Massage can be used to ease tension and strain in the shoulders, neck, head and face.
It may also be useful for helping to relieve:
- Tinnitus and other ear problems
- Hair loss and thinning
- Mental tiredness, anxiety and stress
through stimulating and improving circulation, removing tension, dispersing toxins and increasing mobility. It also rebalances energy and increases alertness and concentration.
Who can have Indian Head Massage?
It is suitable for people of all ages from children to the elderly although anyone with a serious medical complaint should inform their therapist before undertaking a course of treatment. GP consent is advisable for certain conditions.
Please consult the FAQ page for a list of contraindications.
What can I expect from a treatment?
The first session lasts about an hour and half as it includes a consultation in which you will be asked to give details about your health and lifestyle. This information will be treated strictly confidentially. You will also be asked to sign a consent form showing that you understand the aims and limitations of the treatments.
Your treatment will last about 35-40 minutes. You will remain seated in an upright position wearing your clothes, ideally in a vest or t shirt. You may like to listen to some soft music to help you to relax. The muscles of the neck and shoulders are kneaded and probed, the head is worked and the scalp rubbed, tapped and prodded. The hair is briskly tussled and combed and pressure points are worked on the ears. The face is also worked on using gentle massaging techniques. Afterwards you will be asked to give your feedback about any changes or sensations you experienced.
How often will I need to come?
This will depend upon a number of factors but it is recommended initially to commit to a four week course of treatments after which we can assess your needs and decide whether you would like to continue having regular ‘maintenance’ treatments e.g. every 2 weeks to a month. Responses vary and if there are long-standing symptoms it may take the body a while to begin the healing process.