Indian Head Massage at Revive Holistic Beauty
Indian head massage is based on the ayurvedic system of healing used widely in Asia which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It provides Indian families with relaxation and healing on a daily basis, as well as playing a part in rituals such as weddings and births, not to mention everyday events like a trip to the barber.
Indian Head Massage is a relaxing treatment which, as the name suggests, concentrates on massaging the head. Head and scalp massage can be used alongside simple meditative techniques to provide a simple and effective way to relax.
Massaging the head can do much to relieve the stress and tension that fill our day to day lives. The technique involves controlled caresses such as the spider walk, root pull, and comb, and focuses mainly on the face and scalp. It can also continue down the upper back, neck, shoulders and upper arms.
The massage has a strong effect on the three higher Chakras of the seven – mind, body and spirit. As the massage works on the shoulders and neck, the relief of tension is felt almost instantaneously.
The beauty of head massage is you can have it almost anywhere – at home, work or in a salon. You can be clothed or unclothed, use oils, cream, powder or nothing.
A variety of massage movements are used to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement.
Indian Head Massage is used by the Revive Holistic beauty therapists to help reduce stress and fatigue, increase mental clarity, and relax and rejuvenate the receiver. It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage is safe, simple to learn and very effective to give.
It can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
The treatments involves massage and acupressure techniques on the upper back, shoulders, arms/hands, neck, scalp and face. This relaxes tense areas but, at the same time, helps to rebalance the energy, clearing any areas of negativity.
It is usually performed with soothing oils to help maximise the benefits and to aid the reduction of stress. A blend of essential oils may also be applied to the scalp.
The client, sits in a massage chair for the treatment. The Revive therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. The session will usually last from twenty to forty-five minutes, and it’s recommended for clients to sit quietly for ten minutes once the massage has been completed.
This treatment is ideal for any neck or shoulder tension, the massage starts on the back and neck working deeply over the muscles and pressure points that help the muscles to relax.
Moving on to the scalp, massage techniques are used which relax, stimulate and revive this area. The whole scalp is covered to encourage circulation, oxygen and nutrients to the area. The effect of this is to help stimulate hair growth and revitalise the brain.
Finally, the treatment finishes with a wonderful soothing face massage, which includes pressure points and draining techniques that may help headaches and sinus problems.
The massage does not require removal of clothing but can if you feel more comfortable especially for men. Wear comfortable clothing and a thin top (such as a t-shirt or shirt, etc).
The massage is tailored to whatever you need, relaxation or revitalisation and a lasting effect can be achieved with a short treatment. A course of treatments can be even more beneficial.
A Brief History
Indian Head Massage is probably the oldest therapy known to man, and has been practised in the Far and the Middle East for at least 5000 years. The beneficial effects have been acknowledged for generations, and massage is a part of everyday activity, performed within the family from a very young age.
The techniques were originally developed by women who used oils, such as sesame, coconut and mustard oil to help keep the hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition. This was achieved by stimulating the pressure points on the scalp. In India, a head massage is traditionally performed as part of the treatment given by barbers and masseurs and is commonly seen being performed on Street corners, markets and the beach.
The origin of shampoo comes from a Hindi word ‘champi’. Being ‘champi-ed’ meant having your head massaged. It began as the way to keep your long hair in beautiful condition and has become a part of daily life. Mothers would stroke their daughter’s hair to promote its growth and health. It is said that women sit in lines one behind the other performing head massage.
For such an ancient tradition it may at first seem surprising that this form of therapy is enjoying such a resurgence of interest, but an examination of its benefits quickly reveals why it is as relevant now as ever. It still offers great benefits for the hair and scalp, apart from strengthening the hair and promoting growth, it is also said to help slow the greying process.
By focusing on the areas which tend to ‘hold’ stress and tension this gentle form of massage can now offer a far greater range of physical and mental benefits.
Indian head massage has been developing in Europe since the 1970s. It was introduced to the UK by Narendra Mehta, who came here to study physiotherapy. He adapted the traditional technique to target the specific negative effects that stress has upon our bodies.
What it’s good for
Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.
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. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
For these reasons it is a valuable therapy to receive in the workplace, where pressures are plentiful and time is precious. Especially for those prone to stress or the postural effects of working at a desk for long periods.
Indian Head massage may bring about:
- General feeling of wellbeing, calmness and relaxation
- Dispersal of toxins from tense, knotted muscles
- Stimulation and improvement of circulatory and lymphatic systems
- Improvement of joint mobility
- Higher levels of alertness and concentration
It may also help relieve or alleviate:
- Tension headaches
- Eyestrain / eye problems
- Tinnitus and other ear problems
- Neck and shoulder stiffness
- Sinusitis and congestion
- Hair loss/thinning
- Scalp tension
- Mental tiredness/anxiety/stress
Did you know that by having an Indian head massage you will receive similar benefits to having reflexology? This is because all the organs are not only linked to nerves into your feet but also to the head so when you have a head massage you are giving the whole body an MOT.
All the organs of the body are then able to release harmful toxins to help the body avoid many illnesses.
Following a treatment some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness.
Indian head massage should be avoided if you have had recent surgery, or a head or neck injury; a history of thrombosis or embolism; spondylitis or spondylosis.
Indian head massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress, high or low blood pressure, diabetes, tension epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer and osteoporosis. Talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment.
Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least five hours before and after the treatment.