Indian head massage is a Hindu massage technique, tracing back to the ancient ways of Ayurvedic Indian health care. Used for over 4,000 years to improve overall health, this massage has become more and more prevalent in recent years.
Indian head massage combines techniques to include various massage strokes and acupressure points. It is a seated massage where the client remains upright for the whole session. Treatment includes kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder areas. The scalp is then massaged, using squeezing, tapping, rubbing or prodding motions. Facial pressure points are manipulated to relieve sinus pressure, increase alertness and stimulate circulation. A clients ears may then be pressed and tugged, and their hair tousled.
At the end of the treatment their chakras (energy centres) will be realigned, to aid their wellbeing.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage:
- Skin - encourages desquamation and thereby improving skin tone and colour
- Hair - increases circulation to the scalp which helps improve hair condition and promotes healthy hair growth
- Eyes - relaxes and soothes tense eye muscles
- Skeletal system - helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in shoulders, neck and arm. It improves posture and reduces tension in the tissues making them more flexible which minimises the stress on bones and joints, reducing their need to overwork to compensate for muscles not working properly
- Muscular system - improved circulation helps remove waste particularly lactic acid, from muscles reducing aches and soreness. The treatment on the head, neck and shoulder helps reduce tension, sinusitis and congestion. It stretches the tissues, increases flexibility, and releases tightness in overworked or tense muscles. Stress reduction helps prevent stress-induced muscle spasm in back as well as shoulders and arms; reduction in inflammation or pain and headaches
- Circulatory system - improves circulation, thus improving the delivery of nutrients and oxygen and speeding up the removal of wastes and toxins; lowers blood pressure
- Lymphatic system - improves lymphatic circulation thus speeding up the removal of excess fluid and waste from cells, helping to reduce swelling or oedema and reducing the risk of infection through improved production and delivery of white blood cells
- Nervous system - reduces effects of stress thus facilitating sleep, reduces anxiety, slows down heart rate, improves breathing, releases physical and mental tension, promotes feelings of calm and well-being; helps unblock congestion throughout the body enabling improved neural communication; release of tension increases energy levels; relieves mental and physical strain thereby improving concentration
- Chakras - an increased feeling of awareness and a sense of calm, peace and tranquillity due to the rebalancing of the chakras