The Basics of Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is a practice that’s been used in India for thousands of years.  It is derived from the ayurvedic healing system and provides people with healing and relaxation each and every day.  It is used during rituals like births and weddings and simple things like trips to the barbershop.

How does Indian head massage work?

This method of massage works by releasing any stress that accumulates in joints, muscles, and tissues of the shoulders, neck, face, and head.

How is it done?

The client sits in a massage chair during the treatment and is fully clothed.  The massage therapist uses several different movements that include the application of compression and deep kneading movements over the areas of the scalp, shoulder, and neck.  Additionally, the trained therapist will gently stroke and stimulate the different facial pressure points.

The massage session usually takes anywhere from 20 to 45 minutes.  It is recommended that clients sit for 10 to 20 minutes once the session has ended.

This Youtube video shows an Indian head massage being performed beautifully by a therapist: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpoSukFe5Jk

What conditions will it relieve?

Indian head massage effectively relieves tension, stress, sinusitis, migraine headaches, tension headaches, insomnia, and fatigue.  Clients report feeling extremely calm and relaxed during the massage, but are energized and more focused after the treatment.

What are the major benefits?

This massage technique can increase joint flexibility and mobility in the shoulders and neck.  It will improve the lymphatic flow and blood circulation, release knots of muscular tension, relaxes the connective tissue, and will aid in eliminating waste products and accumulated toxins.  This massage technique is perfect for the reduction of tension and stress.

When should it be avoided and are there any side effects?

After a treatment some clients report feeling dizzy or tired.  Most report an increased desire to urinate because the body is eliminating waste and toxins.  Many also report having aching muscles.  These side effects normally subside after a few hours, leaving the client alert and energized.

Indian head massage is not recommended for individuals that have experienced a recent neck or head injury or surgery.

People that have a history of thrombosis or embolism should avoid this method of massage.

Indian head massage is great for reducing the tension and stress that is often associated with epilepsy, cancer, osteoporosis, and any heart condition.

It is recommended that you speak to your doctor before making arrangements for this massage therapy.

It should also be noted that clients should avoid consuming alcohol for no less than 5 hours prior to their session.