Indian Head Massage

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What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is a massage involving the neck, shoulders, scalp and face and is an extremely effective therapy that has evolved from traditional techniques practiced in India as part of family rituals for over a thousand years. The technique is true to the original massage brought over to the UK from India.

This massage works on particular areas of the body, especially the neck and the shoulders where stress affects major muscle groups, and often brings immediate relief. Tensions are eased and fibrous knots and nodules melt away. The efficiency of the circulatory and lymphatic systems improves, toxins are dispersed from tense muscles and flexibility and fluidity of movement is restored.

An Indian Head Massage generally starts with the client sitting in a comfortable chair for the duration of the massage, ideally wearing a camisole or vest top with thin straps. Treatment normally begins with a deep kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder muscles, at times similar to osteopathy but with no crunching or cracking of joints. The head is then worked upon with the scalp being squeezed, rubbed, gently tapped and prodded. The hair is briskly tousled and gently combed. Pressure points are gently worked on and the ears are tugged and pressed. Lastly the practitioner moves to the face, working with acupressure points to help relieve any sinus pressure, stimulate the circulation and increase alertness.

As the massage proceeds the client will relax and breathe more deeply, and can release suppressed emotions and negative energy, making room for more positive feelings. This simple massage has a powerful energy and is of real benefit to the receiver. This form of massage should not be taken lightly. It is both subtle and deep, leaving the client feeling deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

Benefits:

- Relief from pain and stiffness in the muscles of the face, scalp, neck, upper back and shoulders
- Stimulates and improves scalp circulation which in turn helps with strength and growth of hair
- Removes tension from the jaw and smoothes out face muscles
- Disperses toxins from tense, knotted muscles
- Stimulates and improves circulatory and lymphatic systems
- Relieves muscular tension and stimulates blood circulation
- Improves joint mobility
- Increases levels of alertness and concentration
- Stretches and mobilises the tissues of the neck and shoulders

- Alleviation of stress, anxiety, lethargy and mild depression
- A sense of tranquillity, calmness and positive well-being

It may also help relieve or alleviate:

- Tension headaches
- Eyestrain and eye problems
- Tinnitus and other ear problems
- Insomnia
- Neck and shoulder stiffness
- Sinusitis and congestion
- Hair loss and thinning

- Scalp tension
- Mental tiredness, anxiety and stress

Contraindications:

- Fever high temperature
- Infectious disease -cold, flu, mumps, TB, measles
- Skin/scalp infections - most common include, ringworm, impetigo, herpes simplex, folliculitus, scabies
- Recent Haemorrhage
- Intoxification - dizziness and nausea
- Migraine - is not treated at onset on a migraine. But may help as a preventative measure with regular treatment
- Recent head or neck injury
- Bruising, open cuts, abrasions of massaged area
- Undiagnosed lumps and swellings - refer to GP

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