Indian Head Massage
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.
General and specific relaxation for muscles
Fibrous adhesions (knots) can be broken down
Disperse toxins from tense, knotted muscles
Relief from acute and chronic neck and shoulder stiffness
Loosens the scalp
Relaxes the whole body
Increases oxygen uptake in the tissues
Improves blood circulation in previously congested muscles
Provides additional oxygen to the brain
Stimulates and improves the circulation of the lymphatic system, allowing for the disposal of toxins from the body
Restores joint mobility
Can provide relief from disorders such as: Earache, Eye strain, Aching jaws from clenching or grinding teeth, Sinusitis and congestion, Tension headaches, Insomnia
Can provide relief from hair/scalp disorders associated with stress: Psoriasis, Scalp tension, Dandruff, Hair loss
Provides a sense of calmness, peace and tranquility
Releases anxiety and stress
Increases levels of alertness and concentration
Lifts feelings of depression, despondency and desperation
Clears the perspective
Eases mental tiredness
Balances Chakra Energy (outlined below)
Releases stagnant energy, boosting available energy on all levels
Provides a general feeling of having been healed
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.
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.