Indian Head Massage springs from a rich tradition. Massage has always played an important part in Indian life. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date back nearly 4,000 years. These ancient texts describe that, when used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils, massage has an important medical function and could not only ”strengthen muscles and firm skin,” but also encourage the body’s innate healing energy.
Babies in India receive a daily massage, infants receive massage once or twice a week and from the age of six, children are encouraged to share a massage with other family members. Originally head massage was performed by the women in the family to care for their hair, and also practiced by barbers offering “champi” (head massage) after a shave or a haircut. Our word “shampoo” comes from the same word.
Indian Head massage was introduced to the West by Narendra Mehta. In the 1970’s he came to London to train as a physiotherapist but was disappointed to find that massage, and especially head massage, did not feature greatly in this discipline. Even when he learned body massage, the head was still not treated as part of the routine. He decided to formalise the techniques of Indian Head Massage and pass the knowledge on to others.
How does it work
Healing through touch is a natural human instinct. When a child falls and hurt they knees we “rub it better”. We hug our friends when they are upset and if our neck feels sore we do a little self massage in order to feel better.
Indian Head Massage works on the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp, face and ears with a variety of massage movements – effleurage, petrissage and tapotement – usually found in Swedish massage. The head, neck and shoulders are important energy centres within our bodies.
When there is stress, tension builds up in the muscles in these areas. Indian Head Massage works with a firm but gentle rhythm to release blockages and unknot tense muscles. The effect is not just physical, as it calms the spirit while promoting relaxation by relieving stress and stressors.
The treatment can be performed with or without oils. Indian Head Massage involves working on the energy centres, known as Chakras and massage of Marma Points (pressure points). This helps to balance and improve the body’s energy system.
Indian Head Massage is a holistic treatment, working on the body, mind and spirit, restoring balance and harmony, promoting wellbeing and was often passed on from mother to child. The beauty of Head Massage is that it can be done almost anywhere as very little equipment is required so you can easily have treatment anywhere. You can be clothed or unclothed, use oils, cream, powder or nothing. The treatment lasts for approximately 40 minutes.
• Boosts circulation and the immune system;
• Increases lymphatic flow, thus aiding in the removal of waste products and toxins;
• Helps in soothing headaches;
• Warms tissues, relaxes tense and contracted muscles, reduces pain and fatigue;
• Stimulates or soothes nerve endings depending on the stroke being used;
• Can be relaxing or invigorating – depending on client’s need and general state at the time;
• Helps restore joint movement;
• Relieves eye strain;
• Alleviates sinus problems;
• Promotes skin, hair and scalp health;
• Really uplifting for people who are wheelchair bound or partially immobile.