Brought to the western world from India by Narendra Mehta who is totally blind, Indian Head Massage is an ancient therapy which provides help and relief from stress related tension. It has been known to effectively help migraines, depression, insomnia and the stress related symptoms such as eye strain.
The original therapy focused on the scalp alone intended to make hair strong and healthy, which indeed this therapy does. It has been extended to include the neck shoulders, arms, upper back and hands. As an overall de-stressing therapy, Indian Head massage employs a technique known as Champissage which is a subtle energy therapy that releases the chakras and opens up energy pathways through the body.
How does it work?
The head neck and shoulders are the focus of tension in our bodies – anger and stress lead to an accumulation of tension which translates into stiff muscles in the upper back, neck and shoulders. Working with a gentle but firm rhythm, Indian Head Massage helps to unknot the build up of tension in the neck and shoulders, scalp and face. The calming effect of this gentle and affirming therapy extends to the emotional and psychological wellbeing of its recipient.
What happens during a treatment?
After you have completed a medical questionnaire which will establish any contra indications to IHM being performed, you will take a seat on the special IHM chair and lean forward comfortably for the first part of the massage.
The treatment will take place through your clothing.
Working on your back, arms and shoulders and finally on your neck, you will lean into a face rest with your arms resting comfortably and enjoy the first part of the massage. There are some arm rotations which stretch the pectoral muscles and which your therapist will ensure you can manage.
In the second half of the massage you will sit up and enjoy the scalp treatment followed by a gentle facial massage and the treatment is completed by clearing of the four chakras sited at the solar plexus, heart, throat and the scalp.
The treatment takes approximately one hour and can be performed using oils on bare skin.