Blog post by Claire Slater, Massage Therapist
What exactly is Indian Head Massage?
A question I get asked a lot when I recommend this treatment to my clients. It is without doubt one of my favourite treatments to give, as the benefits to wellbeing are always clear to see.
Indian Head massage has been performed in the Indian subcontinent for over a thousand years but was only introduced to the West in the 1970’s. It’s origins go back to the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda, which is a complete healing system with a truly holistic approach to balancing body and mind, in order to prevent ill health and treat disease.
The underlying philosophy of Aruveyda is that health results from harmony within a person’s whole self, however, the head more than any other part of our body represents who we are. It is the centre of our nervous system and home to our identity and intelligence. In Aruveyda the word ‘Jarahar’ is used to describe massage and literally means ‘remover of old age’… ah ha book me in I hear you say!
The treatment involves acupressure massage and is carried out in the following sequence:
upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face and ears. A range of different movements are performed, from brisk and stimulating to soothing and relaxing, along with pressure point massage to the face.
It is common for this treatment to be done in an upright seated position, however some of the techniques can be adapted so it can also be performed lying down, face up in order to aid further relaxation and this is how we like to do it here at the clinic.
There are a myriad of possible benefits to be gained from this wonderful treatment, including:
- Increased joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders
- Improved blood circulation and flow to nourish tissues and encourage healing
- Relief from muscular tension and relax connective tissue
- Improve lymphatic drainage to aid the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products
- Relieve scalp tension and encourage healthy hair growth
- A general feeling of wellbeing.
Additionally, it relieves stress, tension, anxiety, depression, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis, while renewing and balancing energy levels.
It is a deeply relaxing and calming treatment which helps the body achieve a state of peace. It will leave you feeling revitalised and energised, with better clarity of mind and thinking to yourself, ‘I wish I had booked this treatment sooner!’
Why not give an Indian Head massage a try? Appointments can be booked online with Claire or give the clinic a call on 01330 824040