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Indian head massage originated in India over 1000 years ago and began as a way of keeping the hair in good condition. It is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda.
This form of massage works on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, ears and face. The areas are massaged using firm yet gentle, rhythmic movements that involve acupressure points called Marma points. Ayurvedic oils were traditionally used in this form of massage however the use of oils is now optional.
Indian head massage can be used to:
Indian head massage is great for relieving the stress and tension in our everyday lives. The technique uses controlled movements and has a strong effect on the three higher chakras – the mind, body and spirit. The Chakra is the energy vortex that we need to remain striving and because the massage works on the neck and shoulders, tension is relieved almost instantly.
Regular sessions of Indian head massage will result in a number of health benefits for the client, and a course of treatments may be advised if a complex condition is involved.
During the massage, the client remains seated and fully clothed. The therapist will then stand behind or slightly to the side of the client to perform the massage. A treatment session usually last for thirty minutes. This form of massage can be used with other therapies.
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Information on AAMT (Massage & Myotherapy Australia)
Information on the Association of Massage Therapists