The Art of Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage

Indian head massage is reported to be both a science and a skill. It offers many benefits such as keeping hair strong, lustrous and healthy and relief for conditions such as tension and migraine headaches, insomnia and disturbed sleep, stress and related illnesses and tense back, shoulder and neck muscles. Indian head massage is really a wonderfully relaxing therapy which leaves you feeling peaceful, calm, refreshed and rejuvenated restoring natural harmony and balance to mind, body and spirit.

What is Indian Head Massage and where did it come from?

Indian head massage is really a combination of massage strokes and techniques that will vary from therapist to therapist, hence the mention of it being both a science and an art. Each stroke or touch affects your brain, body and spirit for some reason and balanced with how the stroke or touch is applied creates the art. Every therapist provides their own energy to it.

Indian head massage comes from the Vedic wisdom of Ayurveda; the ancient system of healing which started in India thousands of years back. Traditionally, in India, a head massage is given from birth using oil. Together with increasing circulation the gentle touch of a mother massaging her baby is both soothing and comforting. Their energy will intertwine; resonate.

Most people are familiar with the ‘soft spot’ located near the top of a baby’s head. Referred to as the fontanelle this membrane covered opening may be the space between the two bones of the skull which do not fully join until the infant is just about 9 months old. During this first stage of a baby’s life due to fontanelle, head massage with nourishing oils can directly affect the nervous system, which benefits the development and functioning of both the brain and the eyesight. Indian mothers will also often place an oil soaked piece of cotton on their baby’s head to provide as much nourishment to their brain as possible. Traditionally sesame, mustard, coconut, almond and olive oils were used. In the present day therapists utilise the healing properties of essential oils which bring a great many other benefits to the top massage treatment.

Around 80% of the population of India live in small rural villages where in fact the tradition of Indian head massage is very much indeed a part of every day life. Head massage is an enjoyable family and social activity and its own skilful art is passed down from generation to generation. It isn’t just limited by family life and indeed in India barbers used to provide ‘champi’ which means head massage in addition to a hair cut. Interestingly the English term ‘shampoo’ derives from the Hindu term ‘champi’.

What are the other benefits of Indian Head Massage?

Regular Indian Head Massage Treatment will:-

strengthen the central nervous system and assist all the systems of the body restore and renew themselves;
increase energy levels;
provide rest from tension and migraine headaches;
lower blood pressure;
bring about immediate feelings of peace, relaxation and calm;
provide relief from stress, anxiety, depression and other stress related conditions;
increase oxygen and glucose supplies to the brain leading to optimum brain functioning and higher levels of clarity and concentration;
increase blood flow resulting in dissolution of accumulated toxins in the body;
provide immediate relief to aching, stiff and tense deep and superficial muscles located in the upper back, shoulder and neck areas;
enable energy cleansing and balancing of specific marmas (pressure points) located in the head;
stimulate the three major head chakras assisting to restore and balance mind, body and spirit;
promote hair growth and hair lustre;
reduce premature balding and greying;
promote calm and relaxed sleep encouraging a natural sleep pattern;
maintain electro-chemical balance which gives rejuvenation and longevity;
increase the secretion of hormones essential for the growth and development of the brain
The stresses and strains that our modern day living puts on us means there is short amount of time for complete relaxation. Many people don’t allow themselves the time or space to rejuvenate and to restore the natural and harmonious balance that is essential for a healthy mind, body and spirit.

A shocking 75% of most visits to the GP are stress related and ailments such as for example digestion disorders (IBS, diarrhoea, constipation), ulcers, insomnia, raised blood pressure, mood swings, hypochondria, disturbed sleep, loss of appetite and headaches to name but a few can all be related to stress.

The Art of Indian Head Massage
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