What is Indian head massage?
Indian head massage is an ancient holistic treatment based on the ancient Ayurveda healing system. It has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. Originally, it was used to improve hair and scalp conditions by focusing the massage on the head, neck, and shoulders. Using acupressure massage, it aims to rebalance the natural energy of the body.
The areas being massaged uses firm but gentle, rhythmic movements that involve acupressure points called Marma points. Traditionally, Ayurvedic oils were used in this massage. However the use of oils has become optional.
What is Indian head massage good for?
Indian head massage is excellent in providing relief from the stress and tension of everyday life. The technique uses controlled rhythmic movements and has a strong effect on the three higher chakras – namely the mind, body and spirit. The Chakra is the energy center that we need to keep open and flowing and because the massage works on the neck and shoulders, tension is almost instantly relieved.
Indian head massage techniques
Indian head massage incorporates massage and various acupressure techniques in manipulating and stimulating the soft tissues on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, head and face. Aside from the physical benefits, it also helps on an emotional level such as calming the mind, promoting relaxation, and relieving stress.
The client remains seated and fully clothed during the massage. Then, the therapist will stand behind or slightly to the side of the patient to perform the massage. A treatment session usually lasts for around thirty minutes. Additionally, Indian head massage can be used with other therapies.
Benefits of Indian head massage
Indian head massage is beneficial in:
- relieving eye strain
- relieving insomnia
- easing headaches and migraines
- relaxing muscles
- relaxing and toning facial muscles
- stimulating the hair and scalp
- helping localized blood and lymphatic circulation
- boosting the immune system
- restoring joint movement
- relieving sinusitis
- reducing stress
- releasing anxiety
Indian head massage helps stimulate the follicles to loosen up when the scalp when tense and tightened. This encourages healthy hair growth and promote strong shiny hair. Additionally, massaging the scalp, face, neck and shoulders helps:
- relieve eye strain
- improve concentration
- eliminate muscle tension
- restore joint movement
Massaging the head helps improve oxygen supply in the brain which can help reduce stress. Oxygen is important in helping think more clearly and creatively.