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Indian Head Massage

A Beneficial Treatment for Stress, Anxiety and Depression

Experience our special treatment plan that combines Indian Head Massage with couch Healing

Indian head massage is derived from the ancient Ayurvedic system of healing, which teaches self-care and prevention of illness and is now becoming more and more popular in the Western world. Indian head massage (or IHM as it is sometimes known) has been practiced in India for over a thousand years, providing Indian families with relaxation and healing on a daily basis. This was achieved by incorporating IHM into people's daily routine, not only to help maintain their hair in good condition, but also to stimulate the body's natural healing ability.

Indian Head Massage What style of Indian Head Massage are you offering?
I'm offering the style of Indian Head Massage that was developed in Europe around the 1970s and later was introduced to the UK by Narendra Mehta. And so why should I come to you for IHM? That's a fair question because it seems you can learn to do IHM on YouTube icon nowadays, just by watching the videos online. Of course, they don't teach you how not to hurt anybody, or how to apply the techniques for a specific problem, but still, you can pick up the basic moves quickly enough.

As a bloke, I realized long ago, that it would be silly of me to steer my practice anywhere near the beauty industry. And so I started to look at Indian Head Massage as a treatment tool for specific conditions, rather than a beauty product. I began to look at ways of adapting the different techniques, and adding to them, where there was an obvious gap in protocol.

So really, I've taken the 'idea' of Indian Head Massage and turned it into a physical therapy, which I guess is where I have positioned my particular brand of IHM. Don't get me wrong here, it's as soft and gentle as it should be, invigorating when called for and beautiful to feel and touch.

But, what I've done is taken Indian Head Massage and turned it into a therapy that is helpful in lots of circumstances when perhaps you wouldn't have thought of using it specifically. There is a list below of the kinds of things where this treatment regime has demonstrated measurable benefits to the patient.

What does Indian Head Massage involve?
An Indian head massage treatment is given while you are seated and there is no need for you to remove any clothing. Many people find that as IHM is a fully clothed massage, it is less intrusive than a full body massage. This therapy can also be performed with or without oils, so it is ideally suited to the workplace or situations where it may not be appropriate to give a full-body massage. But even so, with appropriate towelling, there are times when, to get to shoulder muscles, or some back muscles, it may be necessary to remove some upper body garments.

How does Indian Head Massage work?
The aim of Indian head massage is to aid the process of injury healing, release physical stress and relieve psychological stress, to manage pain and improve the circulation of blood and lymph. Stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders can produce specific negative effects on the body, such as headaches or insomnia.

There are many reasons why clients are asking for Indian Head Massage. Most of them are either, a personal referral from a work colleague because it feels so gorgeous, or, our 'modern' way of life, especially in the office environment, produces pressure and stress related health issues, illness and suffering. I am very happy to treat you with IHM on it's own, but in my practice experience, I tend to combine it with Healing. Half hour Indian Head Massage, followed by half hour of Healing on the couch. This has the added benefit of relaxation first, which allows you to access your chakras and healing potential, very quickly. This seems to have the effect of ramping up the effectiveness many times.

Indian Head Massage What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
The therapeutic effects and benefits of Indian Head Massage last long after the treatment is finished. Remember, the more treatments you have, the more these benefits will tend to linger. There is a cumulative effect. Here are some of the very good reasons why IHM is so popular in our stressed out world.
  • It can relieve eyestrain and headaches
  • You should see improvement in the circulatory system
  • There is often a reduction in lymph oedema in the head and neck
  • Many people report an improvement in concentration
  • You will feel variously relaxed or stimulated depending on the techniques used
  • You will receive much needed relief from muscular tension
  • An increased oxygen and glucose supply to the brain
  • It easily relieves much physical and mental fatigue
  • You will find relief from stiffness in your neck and shoulders
  • Stress just melts away
  • You should see a marked improvement in the symptoms of headaches, insomnia and sinusitis
  • Joint mobility and flexibility increases
  • Blood circulation and lymphatic flow increase their cleansing effect
  • (continued) Accumulated toxins and metabolic waste are more easily eliminated
  • Knots and adhesions in muscles are dissolved and removed
  • Better lymph drainage supports the immune system
  • Cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) circulation increases
  • You should feel a sense of renewed energy
Frankly, I'd pick up the phone to receive just one of those benefits, but with so many reasons to make your appointment, what are you waiting for?

Why do you include Healing with your Indian Head Massage?
Healing following an IHM treatment Well, mainly because it has proven to be a very useful thing to do for the patient. It's like the 'icing on the cake'. Indian Head Massage is a fantastic therapy by itself, but, when it is applied to the types of conditions that are listed below, there is often more going on in the body than just the surface symptoms. Below the headaches, the pain, the anxiety and tension, lies the real reason these things are manifesting.

By performing healing after the session, it's like 'sealing in the benefits'. We are borrowing from one therapy to aid another and vice versa. So we are 'borrowing benefits'. I like that!

This is because our bodies are connected up through many channels (nerves, meridians, facia, blood vessels, lymph channels, energy lines) and so when you treat one part, you treat the whole. By focusing on the head, IHM works on areas of the body affected by mental and emotional stress. This can really help to calm the mind, and therefore, the body. Following through with hands on/off healing helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension in other areas of the body, as well as calming the spirit and aiding relaxation.

What are the conditions that may benefit from this dual approach?
This is not an exhaustive list, but it gives an idea of some of the conditions to which the dual treatment may be applied.
  • Eyestrain and headaches
  • Circulatory dysfunction
  • Lymph oedema or lymphatic congestion
  • Lack of concentration
  • Stress related disorders
  • Muscle tension
  • Physical and mental fatigue
  • Stiffness and pain in your neck and shoulders
  • Insomnia and sleep problems
  • Sinusitis and problems associated with sinus congestion
  • Joint mobility and flexibility dysfunction
  • Skin disorders
  • Accumulated toxins and metabolic waste build up
  • Knots and adhesions in muscles
  • To support a sluggish immune system
  • Postural misalignment through tension
  • TMJ tension (Temporomandibular joint disorders)
  • Depression (aiding the spirit as well as the mind/body)
  • Migraine headaches
  • Facial pain and pressure
  • Eustacian tube blockage
  • Swollen or puffy eyes
  • Earache
  • Frontal sinus pressure
  • Upper and lower jaw pain
  • Ethmoidal headaches
  • Various scalp and skin conditions, including cellulite
  • Head colds and chronic fatigue
  • Dizziness and vertigo
  • Tinnitus and unnatural ear noises
This treatment is tailored to whatever you need at the time, making it an ideal massage/healing combination to alleviate these problems and to produce lasting effects for health, and value in general well being. By soothing away any stress and tension, and leaving you relaxed, revitalised and re-energised, this very popular treatment is perfect for promoting a calm mind, a stress-free body and for maintaining optimum health. As soon as you show signs of improvement, a regular treatment, when used in a palliative way, will enable you to maintain the benefits and keep the harmony and balance already achieved.

This is why Indian Head Massage should play a valuable part in your treatment plan. Continued stress and pressure over and above our survival requirement, causes illness, anxiety, mood swings, depression, loss of body function in all the wrong areas (nudge, nudge, wink, wink), and general degeneration of all the body systems, like cardiovascular, digestive and immune. The term 'relax, you'll live longer' is actually true. Try it sometimes! Visit The Haven Healing Centre in Cheddar for a course of relaxation treatments. Appointments and a treatment price list are available by clicking here. I look forward to welcoming you soon. Phil.

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