An Indian Head massage is the ideal way to get a person “out of their head”, far far away from everyday emotional and mental stress.
Indian Head Massage is an ancient art, based on the medicinal system Ayuveda, traditionally practised in India dating back as far as 5000 years. Originally referred as “Champissage – Champi” from Hindi meaning head massage it was developed as a grooming technique by women who used it to strengthen and improve the fullness of the hair, this was achieved by stimulating the pressure points on the scalp. Barbers in India integrate head massage into their daily treatments, although their style is more stimulating and vigorous! These techniques, in many senses, became part of everyday life and were practised on young and old alike. It became a tradition that was handed down through the generations, which has been adapted & expanded to develop “Indian Head Massage”, a westernised therapy based on the original Indian tradition.
Indian Head Massage has now become more popular in western society and has been developed to incorporate other areas of the body vulnerable to stress such as the neck, upper arms, shoulders, face and ears enhancing the overall effect. These are areas where we hold a lot of tension, which may result in aching muscles, tension headaches and mental fatigue. A very important role of the IHM development, was the introduction of an Ayurveda element of chakra energy balancing, which is the re-aligning of the non-physical energy centres of the body. With stress and tension the Chakras lose their ability to synchronise with one another and become unbalanced. By placing the hands over the higher Chakras and working with the subtle energy, a sense of balance and harmony can be restored. This will often leave a client with a feeling of peace and tranquillity after a session, and encourage healing and balance at the “mind, body and soul”
“I have learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them fell”
Indian Head Massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress. In Western culture today we spend much of our time in our heads, so this treatment can really help to calm the mind and is surprisingly deeply relaxing especially for those sat at a desk for long periods of time. Working with a firm and gentle rhythm it helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension as well as calming the spirit and aiding relaxation. By focussing on the areas which tend to ‘hold’ stress and tension this gentle form of massage can now offer a far greater range of physical and mental benefits including the following:
- Relaxes the scalp, toning up scalp muscles, stimulating scalp circulation
- Improves texture, strength and growth of hair
- Reduce Dandruff and improve the Dry scalp condition
- Reduce stress and can induce feelings of euphoria
- Relieve mental fatigue, rejuvenates the mind and improves concentration
- Eliminates muscle tension and stimulates circulation in neck and shoulders
- Stretches and mobilises tissues and joints in the neck and shoulder area
- Stimulates the skin and underlying nerve endings, improving skin condition
- Relieves tension headaches, eye strain and jaw ache
- Aids elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products
- Stimulates arterial circulation and increases venous and lymphatic flow
- Deeper, calmer breathing
- Improves sinus problems and relief from nasal congestion
- More restful, refreshing sleep, helping insomnia
- Relieve spasms, restrictions and adhesions in muscle fibres
- Balances the Chakras (energy centres) by releasing stagnant energy to relieve imbalances and inducing a sense of calmness and positive well-being
- Creates a more even flow of energy around the body
Before you visit:
You should wear loose-fitting clothing, so that you don’t feel restricted or uncomfortable. It’s a good idea not to have too many layers. During the session I will perform massage to your neck and shoulders, upper arms and upper back, so is recommended to avoid tight-fitting clothing. To make it easier for myself and for you, my advice would be to wear a sleeveless and strapless top, or a top where you can easily pull the straps down. If you do forget, don’t panic, as I will provide a towel for you to wear on your top half instead.
As with any treatment it is important to tell me in advance if you:
- Are, or think you might be, pregnant (I will not be able to carry out Indian Head Massage in the first trimester of pregnancy)
- Have any medical conditions or are receiving any treatment or medication
- Have recently had an injury or operation
- Are epileptic (unfortunately I will not do the treatment if you are)
- Are allergic to anything like nuts, or particularly skin allergies
- Have any broken skin or sores on your scalp as this may affect the using of oil and treatment you receive
- Have anything that may be infectious/contagious, i.e. – head lice, impetigo, cold sores etc. (unfortunately I will not be able to carry out the treatment if so).
NOTE : A disclaimer form will be given before treatment of oils are used, but please let me know if you do have any known allergies to oils, i.e. nut allergies/skin reactions as this WILL affect the treatment and I WILL NOT be able to carry it out.
A complete Indian head massage will take approximately 45 minutes. This treatment may be carried out with or without oil. This is an adaptable treatment which may be performed over the clothes and in a seated position, or if you prefer lying in the couch, consisting of a massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, and finally finishing with face. You can remain fully clothed during the massage or if you would prefer the use of oils, then a towel can be wrapped around you, leaving the upper back, neck, shoulders and arms uncovered. It works on the muscular tissues to relax the body and provides relief for mental as well as physical stress. It involves working with a firm but gentle, rhythmical pressure to help break down knots in the muscles, relieve built up tension and calm the spirit on an emotional level. In order to truly benefit from Indian Head Massage, a course of treatments is recommended to gain maximum benefits.
The most recommend and commonly oils used during the IHM are:
- Almond Oil – whose beneficial properties include reducing aches, pains and stiffness, and generally promoting healthy hair.
- Coconut Oil – this is good for moisturising the skin and encouraging hair growth. It also balances the body.
- Mustard Oil – like almond oil it is useful for relieving aches, pains and stiffness. It can be used to reduce swelling and is also good for purifying the blood by opening the pores.
- Olive Oil – has very similar properties to mustard oil but without the pungent smell.
- Sesame Oil – this is probably the most commonly used oil. It can be used to relieve aches, pains and stiffness but is also said to benefit hair growth and reduce greying while promoting a natural shine.
After an Indian head massage, make-sure you give your hair a good wash as to get out the oils!! You are likely to feel great: relaxed, serene, ache-free, and clear-headed. You could also experience things like- feel in a daze, nausea, headache, feeling emotional, or flu-like symptoms. Some people do, some people don’t. If you do experience any of these symptoms, try not to worry as these are quite normal and is just your body’s way of starting the self-healing process and getting rid of unwanted toxins. All should be well within 24-48 hours (if not before). Finally just try and rest as well as you can, drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and to flush the toxins through, and just look after yourself! (Aftercare sheet will be given).
The deep-down effects of your Indian head massage may well leave your hair softer, shinier and in much better condition, as well as leaving your skin silky and smooth, but more importantly, leaving your muscles, mind and spirit deeply relaxed and serene!