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A bit of background

Traditional Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (the science of life and longevity in Sanskrit) and has been practised for thousands of years. The Ayurvedic approach to health is holistic, balancing the body, mind and spirit and promoting long life. Indian Head Massage, as its name suggests, was originally designed for use on the head, but has been Westernized to include the shoulders, upper arms and neck. As such it has become popular as a stress management technique.

The benefits

Indian Head Massage is a convenient form of treatment because

  • there is no need to undress
  • it is quick and effective in terms of results
  • it is “portable” so can be accessed anywhere, in the workplace, at home, in the street, in a salon

The potential benefits of Indian Head Massage are widespread. It can:

  • Relieve muscular tension and fatigue
  • Improve circulation
  • Help relieve emotional stress and elevate the mood
  • Help improve the condition of the skin and hair
  • Help relieve mental fatigue, promote clearer thinking, improve concentration and increase productivity

What to expect

You can expect a full consultation before your treatment and it is useful to mention any injuries or areas causing discomfort. It is good to know if you like firm or light pressure during your treatment. Your massage table will be set up and the therapist will leave the room to wash her hands. The massage can be given fully-clothed or using oil on the upper body – in this case you will be asked to remove your top and wrap a towel around you under your arms, lowering your bra straps if you’re a lady. Remove all jewellery (necklace, earrings, bracelets, rings). You can be massaged lying on a table or in a sitting position, your therapist will advise. The massage begins with long, slow strokes around the shoulder blades and over the shoulders to warm up the muscles, then progresses to more specific techniques to relieve muscle tension in shoulders, upper back and neck. The massage includes some passive mobilisation of the shoulders and neck. The scalp is massaged and finally the forehead. A facial massage is not normally given in this Indian Head Massage but can be incorporated upon request (add on another 20 minutes).