Indian Head Massage has become a very popular therapy as its easy for clients to relate to, they understand that they often hold tension and pain in the head, neck, back and shoulder areas. We find that 99% of clients whatever their health profile will often want relief from stress in these areas. They don’t need to understand the energetic or philosophical background first to see that it can benefit them. However due to its background and the integration of the Ayurveda system of healing it can be a powerful treatment. It fits very well into a therapist’s practice alongside treatments like Massage, Reflexology or Shiatsu.
A brief background to Indian Head Massage
Head massage has been part of Indian culture for centuries.
It is based on the Ayurveda system of healing – this is translated simply as ‘knowledge of life’, Ayurveda (a Sanskrit term: Ayur = life, Veda = knowledge) is an ancient Indian holistic philosophy that shows how to live a healthy, wholesome and more fulfilled life by balancing mind, body and spirit.
Head massage has always played an important role as part of a daily ritual in India, passed down from generation to generation, and since its introduction to the West a variation on Indian Head Massage has developed to include all of the upper body – the back, shoulders, arms, neck, face as well as techniques specifically applied to the head and scalp.
The benefits of Indian Head Massage
The aim of Indian head massage is simply to release the stress that has accumulated in the muscles, joints and tissues; it stimulates the flow of blood and lymph and creates a general feeling of relaxation, it is especially good for relieving tension, fatigue, insomnia, stress, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. For the client the experience of an Indian Head treatment is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.
How is Indian Head Massage practiced?
The client, fully clothed, sits in a chair for the treatment. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the back, shoulder/arm, neck and head areas. In addition, the therapist will gently work on Marma points on the face and head – these are pressure points along lines of energy, similar to the meridians of Chinese Medicine. At the end of the session the therapist will balance energy centres in the body – these are known as ‘Chakras’. The full treatment usually lasts from twenty five to forty minutes depending on the needs of the client, and most therapists like their clients to sit quietly for ten minutes once the massage has been completed.
Why it’s such a versatile therapy to add to your practice?
The client does not have to undress and the treatment can be performed with or without oil. As the treatment is performed in a chair and a full treatment is shorter than other therapies it has a lot of versatility to either use in different situations e.g. the workplace or wellbeing session or in combination with other therapies. As it incorporates working with Ayurvedic energy systems it is ideal for therapists who work in a very holistic way. It is the perfect complement to therapies such as reflexology, Shiatsu and body massage.
How long is Indian Head massage Practitioner training?
It’s a 2-weekend course this is mapped to national guidelines that state the criteria and length of time the course needs to be for a therapist to fully qualify in the complementary therapy verion of the treatment.