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 for example keeping hair strong, lustrous and healthy and provides relief for conditions such as for example tension and migraines, insomnia and disturbed sleep, stress and related illnesses and tense back, shoulder and neck muscles. Indian head massage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy which leaves you feeling peaceful, calm, refreshed and rejuvenated restoring natural harmony and balance in your thoughts, body and spirit.

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

Indian head massage is a combination of massage strokes and techniques that may change from therapist to therapist, hence the reference to it being both a science and an art. Each stroke or touch affects the mind, body and spirit in some way and balanced with the way in which 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 originated in India thousands of years back. Traditionally, in India, a head massage is given from birth using oil. Along 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. Known as the fontanelle this membrane covered opening may be the space between your two bones of the skull which do not fully join before infant is around 9 months old. In this first stage of a baby’s life as a result of fontanelle, head massage with nourishing oils can directly affect the nervous system, which benefits the development and functioning of both brain and the eyesight. Indian mothers may also often place an oil soaked piece of cotton on their baby’s head to provide as much nourishment with 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 head massage treatment. Around 80% of the populace of India reside 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 can be an enjoyable family and social activity and its skilful art is passed down from generation to generation. It isn’t just limited to family life and even in India barbers used to provide ‘champi’ which means head massage as well as 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:-

fortify the central nervous system and assist all of the systems of your body restore and renew themselves;
increase energy levels;
provide relief 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 mind resulting in optimum brain functioning and higher degrees 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 regrowth and hair lustre;
reduce premature balding and greying;
promote calm and relaxed sleep encouraging an all natural sleep pattern;
maintain electro-chemical balance which provides rejuvenation and longevity;
raise the secretion of hormones necessary for the growth and development of the brain
The stresses and strains our modern day living puts on us means there’s little time for complete relaxation. Lots of people don’t allow themselves enough 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 digestive disorders (IBS, diarrhoea, constipation), ulcers, insomnia, raised blood pressure, mood swings, hypochondria, disturbed sleep, lack of appetite and headaches to name but several can all be related to stress.

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