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Indian Head Massage

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is a technique used to stimulate the circulation, boost the lymphatic system and ease muscular tension. The massage is applied to the upper back, neck, shoulders and upper arms, these all being areas that can suffer high levels of stress and tension. The face and scalp are gently massaged using the pressure point techniques to aid relaxation.

The head, neck and shoulders are important energy centres within your body, if you are stressed or anxious, tension tends to accumulate. Indian Head Massage involves working with a strong, but gentle rhythm helping to unknot blockages and release tension, this effect is not just physical, it also works on an emotional level, calming the spirit, promoting relaxation and relieving stress.

What are its origins?

Originating in the East more than one thousand years ago, Indian Head Massage was originally developed as a grooming technique by women who used it to strengthen and improve the fullness of the hair. This was achieved by stimulating the pressure points on the scalp. The technique became part of everyday life and was practiced on young and old alike. It became a tradition that was handed down through the generations.

Benefits of IHM?

  • May help prevent hair loss/ thinning and improve the condition of the hair and skin.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage from the head and neck aiding the removal of waste products and toxins.
  • Relieves tension in muscle tissue.
  • Improves circulation to the head and neck area therefore speeding up the interchange of oxygen, nutrients, carbon: dioxide and waste products.
  • Helps improve mobility in neck and shoulder region.
  • Relieves mental and physical strain and therefore improves concentration.
  • Helps relieve tension headaches, eyestrain, insomnia
  • Helps relieve sinusitis/ congestion.
  • Can bring about a general feeling of calmness and relaxation.
  • Promotes higher levels of alertness and concentration.

Is IHM suitable for everyone?

Following a treatment some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness. Indian head massage should be avoided if you have had recent surgery, or a head or neck injury; a history of thrombosis or embolism. If you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer or osteoporosis, talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least five hours before the treatment.

What happens during an IHM treatment?

You will need to complete a short consultation form. The massage treatment is individual to you and during this consultation you will also be able to discuss any requirements.

Indian Head Massage is carried out with the client sitting comfortably in a chair.  There is no need to undress as treatment is given over light clothing. Treatment can be given using oils, for which the neck and shoulders would need to be uncovered.  The oils not only nourish the hair, but also calm the nervous system, as the roots of one's hair are connected to nerve fibres.

A treatment will last for 45 mins approx.


To get the maximum benefit from your treatment. It is advisable to:

  • Increase intake of water following treatment to assist the body's detoxification process.
  • Take rest and relaxation.
  • Avoid eating a heavy meal after the treatment.
  • Cut down on consumption of teas, coffee and alcohol.
  • If oils have been used on the scalp please allow a least a couple of hours before washing the hair. A good tip is to use shampoo on the oiled hair before wetting with water, in order to emulsify the oil.

What to expect after an Indian Head Massage:

  • Feeling of tiredness (this is often replaced by a feeling of revitalisation) due to the release of toxins.
  • Relief from stress and muscular tension.
  • Aching and soreness in the muscles due to the release of toxins and the nerve fibres responding to the massage.
  • Increased feeling of awareness; feeling of calm, peace and tranquility due to the re-balancing of the chakras (energy forces in the body).
  • Heightened emotional state.
  • Feeling of alertness and clearer thinking.

Cost £35


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