Indian Head Massage uses and adapts classic Swedish massage techniques for treating scalp, face, neck, shoulders, and upper arms.
It works on the areas of the body that are most affected by stress, however, while the treatment is just on the upper part of the body its effects are felt throughout the mind and body.
Through various techniques, massage therapy works by releasing any blocked negative energy in the body that might be manifesting as injury or disease in any of the seven Chakras (energy centres) of the body. It is done by applying a certain pressure on specific points on the neck, shoulders, and head corresponding to each Chakra (which is also a similar approach to that of reflexology). By unblocking the Chakras, it allows a free flow of energy in the body resulting in the restoration of an individual back to excellent health and feelings of wellbeing.
A treatment based on old Ayurvedic techniques, involving work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. It helps reduce stress, fatigue, and eyestrain, increase mental clarity, relaxes and rejuvenates the receiver.
Helps prevent migraines, headaches, and back pain
Often tension in the upper back, neck and head can lead to migraines, headaches, and back pain which can make for uncomfortable living on a day to day basis and sometimes even lead to depression.
A massage therapist will start the Indian Head Massage by applying pressure to points in the upper back, arms, and shoulders that will release muscles and knots. They will then move to the neck and head to reduce headache-causing blockages and encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid.
Promotes hair growth
This is a lovely side effect of the Indian Head Massage (if you’re trying to grow your hair anyway…). The massage increases nourishment and oxygen to the scalp and hair follicle which in turn stimulates hair growth. It’s a one-way ticket to long, luscious locks!
Detoxifies the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage
Indian Head Massage stimulates and improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the neck thus helping to remove waste products from the body.
Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness and insomnia
These are often side-effects of stress and Indian Head Massage will immediately relieve stress and promote relaxation by attacking the physical symptoms, thus allowing for a deeper sense of wellbeing and relaxation and opening your body to better rest.
Relieves symptoms of anxiety and depression
Massaging the head encourages the supply of oxygen to the brain which is one of the best ways of reducing anxiety and of lifting one’s mood. Oxygen helps you think clearly and creatively and a similar effect is experienced through exercise.
Renews energy levels
An Indian Head Massage works with the Ayurvedic concept which goes beyond the limits of healing and places emphasis on balance. Working on the chakras through Indian Massage has a powerful effect in bringing the energy of the body back into balance.
Boosts memory capabilities
Often we have short-term memory difficulties because our brains are overloaded with disorganized thoughts, making it very difficult for us to efficiently ‘log’ and collect thoughts and occurrences.
Indian Head Massage slows us down, sensual awareness takes over, thoughts quieten and awareness is brought to the forefront. Think of it like someone pressing your ‘reset’ button.
You will undoubtedly feel great after having this treatment, however, should your practitioner choose to use oils or not, your hair will be messy. Bring a hat or a scarf for your trip home 🙂
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