How does it work?
Indian Head Massage works on both physical and a mental level. By concentrating on the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension, it provides a de-stressing programme for the whole body. Relieving tension in these key areas unlocks the energy trapped in the muscles, encouraging the flow of blood and thereby re-energising every part of the body. The results on freeing up this energy are felt on a mental, physical and spiritual level.
Indian Head Massage has a far-reaching effect on every one of the body's systems. It supports the nervous system by alleviating stress, by stimulating the lymphatic system, the process of eliminating toxins is encouraged, and our bodies are cleansed and purified more efficiently. The circulatory and immune systems are stimulated and the respiratory system is reinforced, as deep breathing is encouraged. Indian Head Massage increases blood supply by using a variety if stimulating and tension releasing techniques.
Your Indian head massage is carried out from a seated position (top removed) oil is applied to the neck shoulders and head.
Some of the the physical and mental benefits of Indian Head Massage
- General and specific relaxation of muscles, providing immediate relief
- Fibrous adhesions (knots) can be broken down
- Disperses toxins from tense, knotted muscles
- Relief from acute and chronic neck and shoulder stiffness
- Loosens the scalp
- Relaxes the whole body
- Increased oxygen uptake in tissues
- Improved blood circulation in previously congested muscle
- Stimulates and improves of the circulation of the lymphatic system, allowing for the dispersal of toxins from the body
- Promotion of hair growth
- Restores joint mobility
- Provides relief from earache, eye strain, tinnitus, aching jaws, sinusitis, headache and migraine
- Provides a sense of calmness
- Relives disturbed sleep and insomnia
- Increased levels of alertness and concentration
- Releases anxiety
- Lifts feelings of depression, despondency and depression
A brief history of Indian Head Massage
Massage features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date back nearly 4000 years.
Narendra Mehta had grown up with head massage as an integral part of his daily life in India. When Narendra came to England in 1973 to train as a Physical Therapist, he was dismayed to find that head massage was not generally available, and that the head seemed to be completely neglected even in a full body massage.
He began to miss the therapeutic value of regular head massage. In 1978 he returned to India to research the ancient art of head massage. He studied wherever it was practiced: in barbers shops, street corners, at the beach and in family homes. He decided that he would formalise what he was experiencing and apply his heightened sensitivity as a blind person to discover which part of his body reacted most positively to specific moves.
He decided that the therapy could benefit by being extended to include the face, neck, upper arms and shoulders - areas that accumulate high levels of stress and tension.
Narendra now had a holistic therapy which could be used effectively to treat the whole person. He introduced his therapy at the 'Mind, Body & Spirit' exhibition at Olympia, England in 1981.
Massage is one of the safest forms of therapy, however there are certain circumstances when massage should be avoided.
- Feeling unwell - High temperature, fever, swelling, inflammation, virus or food poisoning
- Avoid in the first three months of pregnancy, or if there is history of miscarriage or other complications
- Severe bruising, any skin disorders in the areas to be massaged
- Recent injury, accident or surgery to the head, neck or shoulder areas such as whiplash, concussion etc.
- Acute infectious diseases such as flu, chest infection or a bad cough or cold
- Undergoing medical treatment for cancer, HIV AIDS or other serious medical condition
- Scalp infections or Head lice
- Eczema: this can be contagious, especially if the eczema is weeping
- Very high or Very low blood pressure
- Aneurosa, localised dilation of the blood vessels (commonly the artery in the temple/forehead area)
- Osteoporosis, Spondylitis or Spondylosis (a degenerative spinal disorder) in the neck
Anyone in doubt about whether this massage will be suitable for them should consult their physician before receiving a treatment.
Holistic treatments are carried out in the beautiful Holistic room at
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