Indian Head Massage

A relaxing massage working on the shoulders, neck and arms as well as the head and face.


Indian Head Massage is derived from the ancient healing practices of Ayurveda, used to balance and nourish the mind, body and spirit. Techniques were often passed down through generations of Indian women as part of a family tradition of massage and grooming. In its modern form it was introduced here during the 1970s by Narendra Mehta, a physiotherapist who saw that Western massage and physiotherapy systems seemed to neglect the head. He subsequently researched the Indian practices that had been passed down over generations, formalising the techniques used today.

Clothing - There is no need to undress, as the neck and shoulder massage can be performed over light clothing (e.g. a t-shirt). However, it's optional to receive the treatment with bare shoulders, using one of a selection of oils chosen for their therapeutic properties.

Hair - long hair will be tied or clipped up while working on the shoulders and neck. Again, it's optional to have therapeutic oil applied at the end of a treatment to nourish the hair and scalp.

Remove - all ear, neck, wrist and hand jewellery as far as possible.

Indian Head Massage will not be suitable for you if any of the following apply:

  • High temperature or fever
  • Recent accident, injury or surgery to shoulders, neck, head or face
  • Sickness or diarrhoea, e.g. food poisoning
  • Aneurosa
  • Contagious conditions e.g. head lice, scabies, ringworm
  • Bacterial infections e.g. impetigo, conjunctivitis, folliculitis

There are some other conditions which may require caution - I will cover these in your initial consultation, but if you are in any doubt whether the treatment is appropriate for you, please check with your GP before booking or contact me for advice.

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indian head massage

Indian Head Massage concentrates on the upper body from shoulders to scalp. I offer it as a lovely complement to facial or auricular reflexology in particular - it can be used as part of a longer session incorporating all these techniques, but could equally be taken as a half-hour treatment simply on its own. It's a soothing but also gently energising massage with benefits including:

  • Promotes relaxation and feelings of wellbeing
  • Assists joint mobility and release of muscular tension in the neck, shoulders and head
  • Improves circulation and lymphatic drainage for the head and neck area
  • Helps to relieve sinus problems, congestion, headaches, migraines and eye strain
  • Encourages healthy hair growth and helps to improve scalp condition

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