Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for over a thousand years, originally to keep hair in beautiful condition by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, nourishing the hair roots. A variety of herbs, spices and oils were often used in the process which helped relieve a number of scalp conditions. Originally it was almost exclusively used just on the head, but over time it developed to incorporate massage of the face, scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders and upper arms, creating a deeply therapeutic experience. Indian Head Massage was originally developed by women who practised the techniques within their family and friends of all ages. It gave great physical and psychological benefits. Later on hairdressers and barbers offered Indian Head Massage to both their male and female customers to compliment their services. The popularity of the service has continued to grow throughout India and the U.K. It is believed that three of the major energy centres of the human body can be found in and around the head. On a physical, mental and subtle level, Indian Head Massage stimulates these important energy centres, balancing the energy within the body, promoting a sense of well-being, positive energy and relaxation.
Physical Benefits Relieves muscle tension, improving mobility in the upper body and neck. Improves blood circulation to the head and neck, and assisting with the exchange of carbon dioxide nutrients and oxygen. Improves lymphatic drainage from the head and neck so assisting with the removal of waste and toxins. Improves mental concentration. Relieves eye strain. Reduces congestion and a number of sinus related problems.
Psychological Benefits Helps to balance the energy centres (chakras). Relieves headaches, migraines and other similar psychological ailments. Reduces stress, mental tension and anxiety. Helps to alleviate insomnia. Revitalises and clears the mind, which in turn improves concentration and mental responsiveness. Helps to improve memory capabilities. Promotes a deep and lasting sense of peace, calm and tranquility.
Indian Head Massage can be performed with client sitting in a chair fully clothed, or included in a body massage. A four handed massage treatment can combine the head and feet together, massaged at the same time to create a deeply relaxing, but also energising experience.