• Nicola Meir

Indian Head Massage

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So, I am now qualified to provide Indian Head Massage as part of my treatment menu.

This is an extremely effective therapy which involves massage to the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, face and scalp.  It’s given in the seated position, no oil is used (unless you want to), and specific techniques are used on these areas where stress can manifest itself.  The treatment can give immediate relief to major muscle groups by loosening tight and aching muscles and improving flexibility of movement.  However, the benefits do not stop there.

Physical benefits:

  1. General and specific relaxation for muscles

  2. Fibrous adhesions (knots) can be broken down

  3. Disperse toxins from tense, knotted muscles

  4. Relief from acute and chronic neck and shoulder stiffness

  5. Loosens the scalp

  6. Relaxes the whole body

  7. Increases oxygen uptake in the tissues

  8. Improves blood circulation in previously congested muscles

  9. Provides additional oxygen to the brain

  10. Stimulates and improves the circulation of the lymphatic system, allowing for the disposal of toxins from the body

  11. Restores joint mobility

  12. Can provide relief from disorders such as: Earache, Eye strain, Aching jaws from clenching or grinding teeth, Sinusitis and congestion, Tension headaches,  Insomnia

  13. Can provide relief from hair/scalp disorders associated with stress: Psoriasis, Scalp tension, Dandruff, Hair loss

Mental Benefits:

  1. Provides a sense of calmness, peace and tranquility

  2. Releases anxiety and stress

  3. Increases levels of alertness and concentration

  4. Lifts feelings of depression, despondency and desperation

  5. Clears the perspective

  6. Eases mental tiredness

Subtle Benefits:

  1. Balances Chakra Energy (outlined below)

  2. Releases stagnant energy, boosting available energy on all levels

  3. Provides a general feeling of having been healed

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Indian Head Massage has it’s origins in the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (circa 1800 BC) which was developed in the Himalayan region of the Indian sub continent. The underlying philosophy is that optimum health results from harmony within one’s whole self.  Living a holistic life incorporating exercise, a healthy diet, meditation and massage with essential oils helps to create harmony and to heal, not just at home but in all aspects of life.

The Ayurvedic healing system works with the Chakras  of the body. These are focal points within us where energy flows through.  Blocked energy in our Chakras can often lead to illness or imbalance so it is important to understand how to keep energy flowing.  There are seven Chakras in total and Indian Head Massage works with the upper Chakras.  The head, more than any other part of the body, represents who we are.  It is the centre of our nervous system and home to our identity and intelligence.  The Chakra at the top of our head (Crown Chakra) is the one we use to communicate with our higher self. Therefore, if our head feels good, we feel good.

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These traditions are still carried out in modern India. In the western world we are much more open to the benefits of living in this way than we used to be. In todays society stress, poor eating habits, pollution, lack of exercise and self care all contribute to a variety of ailments settling on the head and shoulders. I’ve wanted to offer this simple, effective technique as a treatment for a while and it fits in nicely under my holistic umbrella.

If you would like to experience an Indian Head Massage please get in touch.

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