What an Indian Head Massage does for you and your wellbeing….
I am passionate about sharing Alternative Therapies as Self-Care is important and it all starts with making sure your body is in balance with itself, I love all aspects of my work but really enjoy the massage side of it as I know the benefits people feel straight away, some feel quite emotional after and don’t worry I know exactly how this feels. It’s all normal and we deal with the feelings at the time. It is all part of the release of stresses, strains and toxins in the body!
My qualification follows that of Nerendra Mehta, who arrived in the UK over twenty years ago and introduced “Champissage” to the Western World, a qualified osteopath as well as a massage therapist he decided to developed a therapy that included both champissage and massage – Indian Head Massage was born! He has been passing on his knowledge since at his clinic and through courses. These are the techniques that I learned and since developed through a further course with the School of Natural Sciences who also followed Nerendra Mehta’s formula.
For this reason and over the course of time most Therapists develop their own path, which means that not one Indian Head Massage would probably be the same. I am always learning and enjoy adding new techniques to my massage therapy and we as therapists are encouraged to do so….
I must admit most people, that come to me for their first IHM actually don’t realise that this gentle, relaxing massage is far more than a Head massage, even when explaining how it works is sometimes not enough – everyone that has experienced it for the first time always express how fabulous they feel straight away!
It is a seated massage and one that starts around the upper back, leading to shoulders, upper arms then back to the shoulders to apply a lovely massage which really starts helping the person to unwind, I will then massage around the neck, the ears then the Head massage starts – a mixture of soft and gentle movements to slightly more invigorating, which stimulates the head and hair follicles.
The treatment takes about 45/60 minutes, I finish with Chakra Balancing and Reiki. Ending with Reiki is really something that will benefit the person sitting in the chair, sometimes without realising. I often have immediate and postiive feedback, mainly the feeling of warmth and peace decends over the client.
How does it work?
The head, neck and shoulders are important energy centres within your body. If you are feeling stressed or angry, tensions accumalate. The tension can show up as a stiff neck and shoulders, as eye strain and sometimes even hair loss.
This is why Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis.
Regular Indian head massage helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products.
Indian head massage involves working with a firm yet gentle rhythm to help balance the energy field and relieve the build-up of tension. Its effects are not just physical but it also works on an emotional level too.
The head and hair are extremely sensitive, as they are crowded with nerve endings, this makes them extremely receptive to touch. Touch is essential for stimulating our nervous system and promoting healthy, physical development.
It is also critical for our mental health and social development! Indian Head Massage provides a ‘de-stressing’ programme fo the whole body and has a far reaching effect on everyone of the body’s systems.
What to expect during and after the session?
Just one part of being a Holistic Therapist is to encourage you to relax, to feel safe and comfortable…this starts with our consultation prior to any treatment, to reduce stress on the body and mind, relaxation is a must!
You are invited to come 15 minutes beforehand and generally a chat ensues after…this is part of your treatment and therefore I do not charge for that, I want you to have the whole experience of relaxing and feeling good and not feel rushed! Please allow yourself at least 1.5 hours with me, so that neither of us are feeling rushed or pressured!
The “TREAT”ment will take place in a warm and relaxing environment. Following consultation session which includes questions about your medical history, general health, lifestyle and sleep patterns, you’ll be sat upright in a chair for your “TREAT”ment. I use a variety of movements across your head, face, neck, shoulders and arms.
After your session you may feel slightly dizzy. Indian head massage releases toxins in the body that need to be flushed out so drink plenty of water after your session to keep yourself / system hydrated. You will be offered a glass or two of water whilst you are relaxing here with me, there is never any rush to leave the room and I am always aware that you need this time to sit and some start feeling the benefits straight away! It is important to the rest of your day as much as anything to take time…
Some of the immediate benefits that you can experience from regular Indian Head Massage:
- Reduction of tension in neck, scalp, face and jaw
- Helps eyestrain, nasal congestion and ear-ache
- Relief from headaches, sinusitis and tinnitus
- Release of fibrous adhesions, knots and nodules
- Improved mobility in the upper back and shoulders
- Stronger immune system helping to fight illness
- Nourished scalp, encouraging strong, healthy hair
- Improved circulation and younger looking skin
- Better lymphatic drainage and removal of toxins
- Relief from stress, anxiety and chronic depression.
An exhaustive list of its benefits is impossible, as everyone who has experienced it, will want to add their own suggestions!
I love delivering relaxation and treatments to everyone however, I will not treat conditions such as:-
Undiagnosed lumps, bumps, skin infections, broken skin on area to be treated, any broken bones in shoulders upper arms, chest / collar bones head / face or neck. I also have a list of contraindications that I can send to you prior to your massage.
It is advised not to carry out Massage during early pregnancy. However, after 37/38 weeks and with the knowledge of midwifes I am happy to carry out massage with the use of Clary Sage Oil also.
Indian Head Massage is OK after 1st trimester, caution needs to be observed if heavily pregnant as it can cause dizziness and fainting.
Reiki is safe throughout pregnancy, please don’t hesitate to ask for more information…