What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is an Ayurvedic form of healing and relaxation. Thousands of years ago the treatment was applied only to the head and hair area as a remedy for dry scalp conditions. Today it is a much broader therapy, incorporating the upper back, shoulders, upper arms and face and is ideal for those who store tension in these areas.

What happens during a treatment?

After the medical and lifestyle consultation, you will either select one of two oils; Soothing Massage Oil or Aromatic Massage Oil or if you have opted for Aromatherapy, you will have a personalised massage blend. You will then remove your top and wrap a sarong around you for warmth and comfort. Initially you will sit upright facing the therapy bed and we will begin the treatment. Many people store tension in the tops of their shoulders, so these areas will be worked before you lean forward, relaxing into pillows on the therapy bed and the rest of the arms, back, neck and scalp are massaged. Typically a little oil is used on the scalp (ask if you’d prefer a dry massage) and it’s best if you can leave this in until the following day – I suggest you don’t make any plans to go out after this treatment, unless you like the ‘messy hair’ look!!

You will then be asked to lie face up on the therapy bed, tucked under the covers, and we will use facial oil of your choice (Frankincense, Rose or Neroli) for a pressure point and lymphatic drainage facial massage.

Who is it good for?

As a seated massage, Indian Head Massage is good for anyone with mobility issues for whom lying down may be a problem. It may also be good for those who suffer from:

What does Indian Head Massage fuse well with?

Indian Head Massage is a really nice addition to most other therapies as it tackles the main areas of tension for most people. It fuses particularly well with Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Reflexology Lymphatic Drainage and Holistic Facial Massage.

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Using Indian Head Massage to aid recovery

Physical and Psychological Effects of Head Treatment in the Supine Position Using Specialized Ayurveda-Based Techniques