Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for over a thousand years, originally by women who believed that massaging their heads kept their long hair healthy and strong. This is correct as massaging the scalp stimulates the flow of blood to the follicles, improving the supply of nutrients needed for healthy hair growth.
Today, however, the most common cause of poor blood flow is stress-generated muscle tension. The traditional Indian Head Massage technique has therefore been adapted in the west to help the stressful demands of modern living. As well as the scalp, the massage covers the upper back, neck, shoulders, upper arms and face and ends with energy rebalancing.
It is conducted fully clothed on a low-back chair and is a wonderfully relaxing treatment.
A variety of massage techniques are used – some stimulating, some soothing, some aimed to reducing muscle tension.
- Eases muscular tension and helps promote relaxation in the muscles
- Improves the condition of skin and hair
- Soothes nerve endings, thus inducing relaxation
- Helps relieve pain and fatigue
- Helps rebalance energy thus relieving tiredness and lethargy
- Improves the blood and lymphatic circulation
- Aids the removal of dead skin cells so the skin will look healthier and feel smoother
- Helps the elimination of toxins
What conditions can Indian Head Massage help with?
Significant improvement has been noticed in the following conditions:
- Temporo-mandibular joint tension (TMJ syndrome) often caused by grinding or clenching the teeth
- Migraines and headaches
- Insomnia and disturbed sleep
Mental benefits can include:
- A sense of calmness, peace and tranquility
- A release of anxiety
- Relief from depression
- High levels of concentration
- Clearer thinking
- Sound sleep
- The release of stagnant energy
- Chakra (energy) balancing and energetic healing
Indian Head massage in the workplace:
Indian Head Massage is a wonderful treatment for the workplace as it is so accessible and can help with eye strain; muscular tension in the back, neck and shoulders; anxiety, stress and tension; stress-related headaches. Sessions of just 15 minutes long make a positive difference to health and well-being.
Work-related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidences of ill health according to research conducted by the Government’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Many businesses now use on-site complementary therapies as a way of tackling workplace stress to reduce absenteeism. This can have a positive effect on employee commitment to work, staff performance, productivity, recruitment, retention and customer satisfaction and is good for organisational image and reputation. Due to its portable nature, Indian Head Massage is one of the most popular workplace treatments. For more details on workplace therapies contact Barbara today.
Immediately after the treatment, the client will be encouraged to sit quietly for a few minutes and offered a glass of water. In the 24 hours after a treatment, try to spend the day in as calm and stress-free a state as possible. Try to avoid alcohol which tends to dehydrate the body and introduces toxins to the body. Drinking water or herbal teas will help to clear the system. Try to limit your caffeine intake after the treatment. Following the above helps gain the maximum benefits from an Indian head massage. Clients can expect to experience a good night's sleep, to have improved concentration, clearer thinking and greater alertness the following day. Indian head massage also helps clear the sinuses and airways.
Most people feel wonderful after a treatment, but as the body works to get rid of toxins in the cleansing process a minority of people may experience tiredness, or get a headache, have a little nausea, have disrupted sleep, or increased secretions from the mucous membranes in the nose and mouth.
Yes, the following are contra indications to having Indian head massage:
- if the person is under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- suffering from food poisoning
- high temperature/fever
- recent accidents, injuries or surgery e.g. whiplash, head injury, concussion etc
- acute infectious diseases
- undergoing medical treatment for cancer or any other serious medical condition
- very high or very low blood pressure
- suffering from any localised infectious/contagious skin disorders on the areas to be worked on e.g. cold sores
- is suffering from any severe inflammations
- is suffering from aneurosa - localised dilation of the blood vessels (commonly the artery in the temple/forehead area in the elderly)