Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for a over four thousand years.
Part of the Ayurvedic treatment system, Indian Head Massage was used to promote health when used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils.
Indian head massage was believed to not only ‘strengthen the muscles and firm the skin' but stimulate the body’s natural healing ability.
In India children receive massages daily from birth to keep them in good health. From the ages of three to six years old they are massage once or twice a week. After that age they are taught to share massages with family members on a regular basis.
Although originally developed by women as part of their grooming routine to encourage and improve the condition of the hair. Indian head massage, was used by barbers who practised many of the same grooming skills.
However the treatments performed by barbers were more invigorating, to stimulate the scalp and invigorate the client rather than improve the hair.
As barbers travelled to clients houses they offered (champi), head massage s part of the hair cutting service. In time, this became a custom; everyone, including royalty would receive regular head massage from their own barber.
Indian Head Massage only become popular in the western world after a physiotherapy student *Mr Narenda Mehta# decided to develop and combine both the skills of relaxing head massage used by the women in India for and the more invigorating massage used by barbers. In 1981 Mr Mehta introduced Indian Head Massage in Olympia at an Holistic Health exhibition which was a huge success.
From this growing interest in Indian head massage this has now became on of the fastest growing complimentary therapies.
In addition to the treatment oils can be used if required, such as Coconut, Sesame, and Mustard oil to add sheen and lustre to the hair improve dryness, and prevent hair loss.
The treatment last for about half an hour with the client remaining fully dressed, sitting relaxed on an upright chair, making Indian Head Massage an excellent mobile treatment which can be done anywhere.
In addition the therapist can also use incense, candles, and relaxing music to enhance the therapeutic atmosphere
Indian head massage power of touch-Mr N Mehta 1999.
****Benefits of Indian of Head Massage******
Indian Head massage:
Stimulates circulation, and increases the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue.
Relieves and relaxes muscular tension, headaches, and soothes the nervous system.
Relieves eyestrain, mental, and emotional tension
Stimulates lymphatic drainage helping to remove toxins and boost the immune system.
Improves circulation restores joint mobility, and stretches mobilises the muscles of the neck and shoulders.
Stimulates and improves circulation to the scalp promoting hair growth, and improves the strength of the hair.
Alleviates stress and revitalises the body.
Clears congestion from the head and aids concentration.
Re-balances the energy flow (chakras) to the body
Loosening of the scalp
Improves sleep and insomnia
Contra-indication which prevent or restrict
Indian Head Massage
Conditions which prevent treatment
Indian head massage should be avoided if the clients any of the following:
Head, Neck or Back Injury
Skin scalp Infection
Skin Disorder ie severe Psoriasis
Severe bruising /cuts and abrasions
Under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Has a high temperature/fever
Is undergoing medical treatment has cancer
Severe high or low blood pressure
Is suffering form aneurosa- (dilation of the blood vessels)
Conditions which restrict treatment
Allergies Check for sensitivity to oils
Arthritis Check mobility
Blood Pressure Check with GP
Cancer Check with GP
Diabetes Check condition is stable
Epilepsy Check with GP
Pregnancy Avoid in first 12 weeks
Phlebitis Check with GP
Effects of Indian Head Massage
Tiredness and Muscular Aches
This is due to the release of toxins into the system and the reaction of healing energies that require the body to rest in order to assist with the healing process.
A heightened emotional state may be expired due to the cleansing effect of the healing energies.
Clients may feel tearful, sensitive, or light-headed, rest and water is sufficient.