Indian Head Massage is a safe, simple yet effective stress busting technique.
It’s great for anyone with aching shoulders, tight necks, tension headaches, eyestrain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, hair loss, sinus congestion.
The recipient does not have to undress and sits in comfortable chair. No special equipment is needed so it can be done anywhere.
The therapist works from behind the client and performs a flowing sequence of movements starting from the shoulder and upper back areas, through the neck, ears, scalp and ending with the face.
These movements are a combination of effleurage, stroking, kneading, friction, percussion and pressure point techniques.
Oils can be used in the massage on the scalp, which has a strong influence on the condition of the hair.
Regular head massage with oils can stimulate hair growth and also the flow of blood to hair follicles with nutrients for healthier hair.
Indian Head Massage treatments can be performed for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or for the full one hour. There are no limits to the number of treatments one can have. Many types of practitioners perform Indian Head Massage – hairdressers, beauty therapists, complementary practitioners and other health care professionals who want to enhance and add to their portfolio of skills as well as newcomers to complementary medicine.
Members of the Institute of Indian Head Massage have to follow a strict code of professional ethics and conduct at all times. Members do not treat specific ailments but treat the person as a whole by stimulating and balancing the mind, body and spirit.
One ways this is done is by treating the chakras, as each chakras corresponds to a different gland and governs specific parts of the physical body and areas of psychological and spiritual development.
Treatment assists in keeping these centers unblocked so it is a highly effective way of helping the body resist ill health.
These are some of the benefits of Indian Head Massage:
*Calms the respiratory system
*Improves blood circulation to head and neck area
*Increased blood flow increases nourishment to the muscles.
*Increased blood flow promotes hair growth
*Improves lymphatic drainage from the head and neck to aid in removing waste and toxins
*Improves muscle tone
*Increases circulation of cerebral spinal fluid around the brain
*Helps improve mobility in the neck/shoulder region
*Relives tension and adhesions in muscle tissue by assisting the removal of waste accumulated in muscle tissue and by stretching fibres
*Relieves eyestrain, headaches, sinusitis, congestion and insomnia
For more on Indian Head Massage, herbal and natural health, read the Herbal Collective magazine online.