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Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for over a thousand years as part of everyday family life as a form of grooming. Indian head massage was brought to the west by Narendra Mehta in the 1970's and the therapy was extended to include the face, ears, neck, shoulders and upper arms.

Indian Head Massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress. In Western culture today we spend much of our time in our heads, so this treatment can really help to calm the mind and is surprisingly deeply relaxing. Working with a firm and gentle rhythm it helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension as well as calming the spirit and aiding relaxation, it also improves circulation in the head, enhances the senses and promotes clear thinking.

The massage usually begins with the upper back, where a combination of deep massage and pressure points help to relax the muscles and to loosen and melt knots. Moving through the shoulders and upper arms further releases the common spots for holding stress and tension, and then working deeply into the neck where tension accumulates relieves headaches and improves cerebral spinal fluid circulation. Moving up to the scalp, techniques are used that stimulate, relax and revive the whole of the head, increasing circulation and promoting healthy hair. Finally the treatment may include a gentle face massage with techniques that help circulation, skin tone, and sinus and headache problems.

This is a very popular treatment can be performed without oils with the client sitting and fully clothed, so it is ideally suited to the workplace or situations where it may not be appropriate to give a full-body hour long massage.
Benefits and improvements include:
  • Migraine and headaches
  • Calms the respiratory system, helping asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Release from anxiety, stress and mental stain
  • Stress related disorders
  • Relief from depression
  • Insomnia and disturbed sleep
  • High levels of concentration and focus
  • Temporor Mandibular Joint tension (TMJ)
  • Relaxation
  • Suppleness and flexibility to head, neck and shoulders
  • Sound sleep and relief from nightmares
  • Increase of oxygen and glucose supply to the brain
  • Renewed energy
  • Scalp stimulation increasing blood circulation, promoting healthy hair
  • Aids memory