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Indian Head Massage

Woman getting a head massage at a spa

Indian Head Massage is an Ayurveda massage therapy in which the upper back, arms, head, neck and face are massaged with or without the use of oils using a range of massage techniques. It works to stimulate the nerves from the head area.  Reiki is also routinely included in my IHM treatments.

What is the benefit of Indian head massage?

Indian head massage may help increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, may improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow can release knots of muscular tension, may relax connective tissue, and may aid in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products.


What does an Indian head massage involve?

Indian head massage combines techniques to include various massage strokes and acupressure points. Treatment includes kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder areas. The scalp is then massaged, using squeezing, tapping, rubbing or prodding motions.

What do you wear to an Indian head massage?


If you would like to be massaged with oils I will provide you with a towel to wear around your upper body. If you prefer to be massaged fully clothed without oils, for your comfort it’s best to wear a loose, comfortable t-shirt.


Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a complementary therapy based on the Ayurveda system of healing which has been practised in India for over a thousand years. Indian Head Massage is not an alternative method to conventional therapies. Your session will be adapted to meet your individual needs and may be different from what is described here. The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has built up in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. I may use a range of different movements including the use of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, I will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. Some of the conditions Indian Head Massage may assist with:

· Stress, tension, fatigue

· Insomnia

· Headaches, migraine

· Sinusitis

· Joint mobility/flexibility in the neck and shoulders

· Circulation


During your first visit, I will ask you questions about your medical history, lifestyle and health problems. I will also discuss the area of the body to be worked on and the level of massage to be used. Massage will not start until you have given consent in writing. Each full treatment will last about 45 minutes, shorter or directed treatments are also available. You can ask any questions you might have. I will not make a medical diagnosis as I am not trained to do so. However, I can advise you on aftercare following Indian Head Massage treatment. It is important to complete the consultation prior to the session.

At the start of the session I will check you are comfortable with the pressure I am using, please let me know how you’re feeling.  You may stop the therapy at any time including mid-session if you want to, simply ask me to stop or suspend the session.  I will start the session massaging the upper back moving onto your shoulders, and arms, then onto your head and face.

Following treatment, some people experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body gets rid of toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which people generally experience increased energy and alertness.

I may ask you to talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment session this is just to ensure I do my best to meet your needs.

You will have the choice of a seated Indian Head Massage where you can stay clothed or a couch session where you can lie down.

Unperfumed carrier oils are used and some are nut based so please let me know in advance if you have any allergies.

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