INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE in Cornwall. Find out why this superb, intense, yet non-invasive, massage is a deeply calming and relaxing experience that is really beneficial to our health. Our Holistic Massage Therapist Jan Carthew explains the reasons why you should indulge:
Indian Head Massage
This massage originated, as the name suggests, in India over a thousand years ago. It is part of a natural healthcare method called Ayurveda that takes into account mind, body and spirit. The massage continues to be part of Indian family rituals, providing healing and relaxation to this day.
The upper body is particularly susceptible to stress and poor posture, exacerbated by modern lifestyles. Long hours at work, overuse of technology, working in a seated, static position for long periods of time and general bad posture and lack of exercise can all develop into tension and stress in the neck, shoulders, back and head.
It is an intense yet non-invasive massage that is a deeply calming and relaxing experience. Some clients feel more grounded and balanced after a treatment.
Why Indian Head massage?
This type of massage may:
- relieve muscular strain and tension in the upper body, shoulders and neck
- improve joint mobility
- assist in easing headaches and migraine including eye strain
- help with insomnia
- stimulate hair and scalp condition
- help with circulation of blood, nutrients and lymph – improving immunity and waste removal
- induce a deep level of relaxation
- reduce anxiety and stress
- revitalise the body
- help clearer thinking by increasing concentration and alertness
- assist in improving sleep patterns
- increase energy levels
How does it work?
Massaging of the back, shoulders, neck, arms, scalp, ears and face using firm yet gentle rhythmic movements relieves tension in these areas. Indian Head massage incorporates acupressure points called Marma points, which help to release a free flow of energy. It also concentrates on balancing and clearing the chakras and releasing negative energy.
Many people will feel immediate results and feel relaxed and energised but for others it can take longer for the energy to rebalance. It works intuitively with the individual, restoring a free-flow of energy, releasing blockages and assisting the body with it’s natural healing.
It helps with many emotional and physical problems.
An Indian Head massage may give similar results to a Reflexology treatment. The nerves of the head can be linked to organs of the body so giving the body an MOT during a head massage.
As with any therapy a full consultation will take place before the treatment to ensure suitability.
The massage usually lasts for 45 minutes, although the treatment can be shortened to 20 minutes. Please discuss this at time of booking. It can be tailored to your individual need and a lasting effect can be achieved with a short treatment. A course of treatments could be even more beneficial.
The massage will take place with the client sat in a low backed chair and is usually performed with soothing oils but can also take place clothed. If the clothing option is chosen a thin top or t-shirt will be suitable.
The massage will start with the back and shoulders working deeply over muscles and pressure points that will aid in their relaxation. This then leads to arms and hands. The neck will then be massaged, including the ears. The treatment moves onto the head and scalp and will finish with the face.
A variety of techniques will be used during the treatment, some are quick and stimulating, others are gentle and relaxing and some are exclusive to Indian Head.
The last part of the treatment is balancing of the upper chakras, which will help with deeper healing and wellbeing.
Time will be given to the client to sit quietly after the massage has finished to develop the treatment.
After care and cautions
The majority of clients will be left with a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing following the treatment yet some clients may feel unwell and experience some of the following healing reactions for a couple of days afterwards:
Tiredness, dizziness and nausea, increased urination, aching muscles, heightened emotions, headache, cold like symptoms, disturbed sleep pattern,
These effects are due to the body rebalancing and toxins being released.
Positive healing reactions may include:
Relief of stress and muscular tension, feeling of alertness, elevation of mood, pain relief, increase energy levels
Alcohol should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours after the treatment.
20 Minutes £18 – great for workplace and clothed treatments
30 minutes £25 – good for workplaces, clothed and oil treatments
45 minutes £32 – good for more in depth oil treatments but can be performed without oil