This wonderful therapy has been practised in India for over a thousand years and is part of Ayurvedic tradition, (an ancient Indian Medical System, around 4,000 years old), and is seen as part of everyday family life as a form of grooming. Originally brought to the west in the seventies by Narendra Mehta, the therapy was extended to include the face, ears, neck, shoulders, upper arms and back.
In the West today much time is spent in our heads, so Indian head massage can significantly help calm the mind and is deeply relaxing. The therapy helps relieve muscular tension and also calms the spirit, promoting relaxation. It improves circulation in the head, enhances the senses and promotes clear thinking.
When massaging the scalp, techniques are used that stimulate, relax and revitalise the head area. This further increases circulation and helps to keep the hair healthy.
Clients who opt for an Indian head massage will experience deep massage within pressure points and this helps to relax the muscles and dissolve knots. The shoulders and upper arms and neck are further areas which hold stress and tension, and working deeply into these areas helps to relieve headaches and promotes better cerebral spinal fluid circulation. Face massage further enhances the treatment where techniques are used to aid in skin benefits such as better circulation, skin tone and relief of sinus and headache problems. Tension and stress can be soothed away to leave you relaxed, re-energised and full of vitality.
Physical benefits that have been shown with indian head massage are: pain relief, faster healing, increased blood flow (oxygenation), and better waste removal (lymph flow), improvement in migraines, stress disorders, insomnia, sinusitis, TMJ (mandibular joint tension), increased oxygen and glucose to brain areas, increased circulation in scalp leading to healthy hair, improved muscle tone, increased flexibility in head, neck and shoulders, increased cerebro-spinal fluid circulation, improvement in asthma (calms respiratory system).
Mental Benefits that have been shown with Indian head massage are: relaxation, lowered anxiety/stress levels, relief from depression, improved concentration, clarity and focus, improvements in sleep problems, energy, and memory, and overall balancing of body physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Indian head massage can be given without oils with the client sitting and fully clothed. It is therefore very well suited to the workplace or in situations that do not lend themselves to giving a full-body massage.