Indian head massage is a form of upper body massage originating from the Asian sub-continent. It has been practised for many centuries and was initially carried out by women as a beauty treatment for their hair. The therapeutic knowledge of oils and massage techniques has been derived from Ayurveda (science of life). This is the ancient Indian system of healing based on balancing the mind, body and soul in order to promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.
In the West, the techniques of traditional Indian Head Massage have been modified to create a unique form of massage treatment for the upper body.
How can Indian Head Massage help?
Modern day life with its pressures of work, home and family life, often present situation upon situation in which the possibility of becoming stressed is ever present. It is long-term stress which can be harmful to our bodies. Indian Head Massage helps to de-stress our bodies, which often leads to an increased level of self-awareness and an ability to cope. The massage techniques help to reduce aches and pains in the upper body.
The potential health benefits from Indian Head Massage can include:
- Relief from upper body aches and pains
- A feeling of deep relaxation
- A calm and soothed mind
- The relief of stress and tension
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- A stimulated immune system
- Increased energy levels
- A normalising of body functioning
- A general sense of well being
Is Indian Head Massage safe?
Indian Head Massage is safe for most people. It is important to discuss any relevant medical history with your therapist as certain health conditions may be either unsuitable for treatment or the treatment may need to be adjusted.
What happens during an Indian Head Massage session?
An initial consultation including medical history is taken. The massage can be performed over light clothing but maximum therapeutic benefits will be gained by receiving a massage on the skin using therapeutic oils.
The main treatment areas of the body include the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands and upper back.
The After Effects of Receiving Indian Head Massage
Most people experience a deep level of relaxation after receiving Indian Head Massage. However you may experience feeling tired and heaviness. There may be an increase in elimination by sweat, urine or bowel movement. Other symptoms may develop such as feeling achey, headache or even a raised temperature. This is usually due to the treatment stimulating the movement and release of internalised toxicity. This is a natural mechanism of the body seeking to rebalance and should be supported.
If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 24 hours then consult your therapist.