The Art of Indian Head Massage

I love the moment my hairdresser walks me to the basin to get my hair washed and head massaged “Oh please don’t stop” is exactly what I am thinking. I could sit in that chair for hours, having my hairdresser melt my daily stresses away. That shampoo wash never lasts long enough! The feeling of someone massaging my head sends shivers down my spine. I instantly feel relaxed yet invigorated at the same time.

 Ok so…I love massage….Giving them and receiving them!

Every 6 months I enrol myself into a course related to either energy healing, health and well-being or massage techniques. My aim is to offer my clients many different forms of treatments that make them feel relaxed, and at ease, but at the same time leave feeling like they have more clarity and are more grounded.

 Three years ago I decided to introduce Indian Head Massage to my list of services. I had one on one training with an amazing spiritual teacher who certified me as an Indian Head Massage Practionaire. It was one of the most in depth training courses I have ever enrolled in. I knew this was the missing link to my healing practice and this was a unique experience I could offer my clients. I thought it was about time I introduced a service which would concentrate on balancing energy surrounding the head and shoulder area. Over the years I have had many clients coming to see me, hoping to find an answer for their insomnia issues, long standing head aches and constant aches and pains along the shoulders. This massage technique hits every spot! It is a deeply relaxing massage involving not only the head, but also including the upper back, shoulders, arms, and neck. Yes it is concentrating on the upper body only, but the feedback I have been given by my clients is “they feel as though they have just had a full body massage”. If your head feels good, you feel good!

 The history…It is always interesting to know the history and more background information about ancient techniques and rituals. My trainer enlightened me on the history of Indian Head Massage. It is a technique originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of Medicine. “It is an ancient art that has been practised for over a thousand years mainly by women in India, originally developed to keep their hair strong, lustrous and in good condition”. Women have been renowned for their long luxuriant hair for centuries, and have devised their own massage mediums and oils. Using a combination of oils, herbs, yoghurt or ghee to stimulate, relax and rejuvenate them. It is for this reason, many clients also have a course of this treatment to promote hair growth, and to delay the stage of greying. Since learning this massage sequence and practicing it on myself, my hair has grown 6 inches in 6 months!

 This treatment maybe performed with the client sitting or laying down, I was taught both ways. I believe a much deeper state of relaxation can be reached with the client lying on their back so I do it this way. I use a combination of traditional Ayurvedic Hair nourishing oils, depending on the persons hair type and concern. Note: Tight and flaky scalps are an increasingly common symptom of our stressful lives. The Ayurvedic oils used to massage the hair with, can help with hair problems such as dry and damaged hair follicles from chemical treatments, dandruff and lack of lustre. It has even been known to stimulate hair growth in alopecia cases (depending on condition).

 The lists of benefits goes on and on. It has been known to relieve eyestrain, reduce fatigue, increase energy and improve focus; “The head, more than any part of your body, most fully represents who you are. It is the centre of your nervous system, the seat of your intelligence and the repository of your identity”. So it isn’t a surprise to me when I hear from my clients they feel less anxious, they sleep better, their shortness of breath improves, and they just feel a sense of calm and balance right throughout the rest of their body. A few things I noticed when I experienced my first IHM, I got up from the massage table and I could see better! My eyes looked clearer for days after that, I wasn’t hazy at all, I could make decisions faster. I did’t feel like I had a cloud hovering over my head. Yes I felt extremely relaxed, but I felt empowered and rejuvenated at the same time. I can honestly agree with people when they say they feel “like they have just had a full body massage”. However, a few clients have told me they feel tired after the treatment and some feel a bit cold. This usually last for 24 hours. and I believe this is because a lot of energy has been shifted.

 It is important to note this treatment is a superior energy healing treatment as it works on certain marmic points and upper chakra systems. Incorporating simple meditative techniques, together we are able to effectively re-balance energy flow and clear any areas of negativity. Old emotions or alignments may surface and can be dealt with from that point on.

 Overall, this a holistic massage technique that provides balance to the body’s energies by de-stressing body, mind and spirit. It isn’t just another massage technique just to calm and relax you. It is a therapeutic scalp and hair rejuvenation treatment. I have a true passion for re balancing energy systems and helping people with any health concerns and deep emotional issues. Together, lets help shift this negative energy that is stopping YOU from doing what you really want to do!


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