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What is it?

An

Indian head massage

is a noninvasive massage of the scalp, neck and shoulders. Sometimes oil is used to help activate and stimulate the nerve endings and break up tension in the tissue. This form of massage could be one of the most satisfying and relaxing massages ever received. Almost everyone holds tension in their head, neck and shoulders from being glued to the computer, watching television or just a result of poor posture.

History

The technique used is based on the Ayurvedic system, which is an ancient Hindi system of healing. Massage has always been a valuable aspect of Indian life, it is believed that it not only can strengthen muscles and tone skin but it has the ability to encourage the body to heal itself. It is still common in India for a baby from birth to the age of three to receive a head massage on a daily basis.

The head massage grew out of a grooming tradition started by Indian women. The women massaged seasonal oils and fruits into their hair to maintain its beauty and delay grayness. Today similar techniques are practiced in salons, spas or at a massage therapist center.

What to expect

Most commonly a patient will sit in a chair that supports their head and neck without having to remove any clothing. Some therapists use oils and others choose not to. To enhance a soothing ambiance relaxing music might be played or there could be scented candles.

The massage focuses on pushing, kneading, rubbing and stroking the energy points of the shoulders, neck and head. Each therapist will differ in the massage routines in with they perform but all work to relase tension in the tissue, muscles and nerves. Although the massage focuses on the upper body the entire body will be benefited. An Indian head massage can last anywhere from 20-45 minuets.

The benefits

The head of a person radiates who they are, it is a distinct personal sign that is exposed for all to see. Making the head feel great by eliminating its pain and discomfort will generate a satisfied confidence that has a ripple effect on the entire body. People have reported that Indian head massages offer relief from headaches, migraines, anxiety, muscle tension and have enjoyed a better night's sleep. More benefits are an increased flow of blood circulation, increased awareness and ability to focus, healthier hair, toned skin and overall a healthier well being.

Training

As Indian head massage is just one of many massage techniques there are several affordable and flexible courses and seminars. These courses can be taken be a day or possibly three days. Depending on the length of the course and the level that is taught will determine the price. Courses could cost anyway from $80-$400. Most courses and seminars are highly practical, they supply the chairs and offer one on one tutoring. People who have taken seminars such as these have been pleased with the wealth of knowledge and practice they gained in the short amount of time.

If such courses and seminars are not within your budget there is a library of information on the internet about how to administer an Indian head massage. It is easy to find videos with step by step instructions of massage routines.

Learning how to administer an Indian head massage can add to your skills as any therapist or it can be a great tool to use within the home.



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