Indian Head Massage has its roots in Ayurveda, the ancient Indian medical system, now believed to be the oldest in the world. It goes beyond healing, placing emphasis on balance and uniqueness of the individual and aims to restore wholeness and harmony to the mind, body and spirit of the person, thus improving their health.
On a physical level it has excellent effects such as boosting the immune system, improving muscle tone, helps relieve stiffness in the neck and shoulders and relieves headaches and migraines which are often brought on as a result of stress. The sebaceous glands are stimulated; this increases the production of sebum, and will improve the condition of the skin and hair and is excellent for dry scalps.
What happens during a treatment?
The client sits in a chair while the massage is carried out. Usually the upper garment will be removed and a towel wrapped just above the breast bone. This is because the treatment is more effective if you are working on bare skin as opposed to through clothes. However if you prefer to leave your top on that is no problem and the same techniques are done, the sensation will just not be quite the same.
Various points on the neck and shoulders are worked and then the upper back and arms. More time will be spent on the head, then finally the ears and face.
Clients quite often almost fall asleep during treatment. This is as a result of the mind slowing down and the deeply relaxing effect of the massage.
For optimum results and if stress has built up over a long period, a series of treatments would be advised, followed by a maintenance treatment once a month.