Indian Head Massage
Massage is an ancient practice in India and has been normal in every day family life for thousands of years, treating all from birth onwards. It was mentioned in the earliest Ayurvedic text around 4,000 ago ("Ayurvedic" meaning "science of longevity"). Head massage was used by barbers, who developed it throughout the generations.
Nerendra Mehta introduced Indian Head Massage to the UK in 1991, opening a school. Nowadays, Indian Head Massage, which also encompasses basic acupressure techniques, involves working on several areas which typically hold tension and stress, including the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp and face.
Like Reflexology, Indian Head massage is a deeply relaxing treatment which can offer many physical and emotional benefits, including a reduction is stress - a potentially damaging condition, if left untreated to the extent that it becomes chronic. So, in today's often demanding day to day lifestyle, the more tools we have for managing stress and tension, the better the chances are of remaining healthy. See 'About Stress' page for more details.
Physical benefits include helping the muscles to become less tight and sore, breaking down the trigger points (knots) in the muscle, and reduction of eyestrain, headaches and insomnia. In addition, it can result in improved circulation in the areas being massaged, aiding the lymphatic system in its function of removing waste and also helping improve skin tone and hair growth.
Indian Head Massage can also help to reduce mental tiredness and anxiety, restoring energy levels, heightening alertness and improve concentration. Overall it can result in significant health improvements and a greater sense of well-being.
What to expect
Indian Head Massage is performed with the individual sitting, fully clothed on a stool or a low backed chair. Long hair will need to be tied or clipped up whilst massage is performed on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms and neck, and let down for the massage to the scalp and face. It is best for necklaces, earings and glasses to be removed prior to the massage. Some clients may need to pay some attention to their hair following the treatment.
An initial consultation, taking the full medical history will take place, ensuring that there are no contra-indications, prior to the treatment. Some notes will be taken prior to subsequent treatments to provide feedback from the previous massage and as an update regarding any health matters.
A full massage takes approximately 40 minutes, although a 20 minute routine can also be offered. The routine can be adapted according to personal preference.
Following treatment, it is common for clients to experience a sense of tranquility, happiness, to have relief from muscle tension and pain and, sometimes, to have a sense of euphoria. Occasionally, clients may have less pleasant symptoms such as a headache, aching muscles, feeling tired and light-headed but these symptoms are positive signs that the treatment is working. Aftercare information will be provided to help obtain the maximum benefit from the treatment.
For further information or advice, please do not hesitate to contact Alison Tyrrell, AT Ease Reflexology, who will be happy to answer any queries.