Indian Head Massage

This massage originated, as the name suggests, in India over a thousand years ago.
It is part of a natural healthcare method called Ayurveda that takes into account the mind, body and spirit.
The massage continues to be part of Indian families rituals and providing healing and relaxation to this day.

The upper body is prone to stress and poor posture especially for our modern day life. Long hours at work, overuse of technology, working in a seated, static position for long periods of time, general bad posture and lack of exercise can all develop into tension and stress in the neck, shoulders, back and head.

It is an intense yet non-invasive massage that is a deeply calming and relaxing experience. Some clients feel more grounded and balanced after a treatment.

How does it work

Massaging of the back, shoulders, neck, arms, scalp, ears and face, using firm yet gentle rhythmic movements, relieves tension in these areas. Indian Head massage incorporates acupressure points called Marma points, which help to release a free flow of energy. It also concentrates on balancing and clearing the chakras and releasing negative energy.

Many people will feel immediate results, feeling relaxed and energised but for others it can take longer for the energy to rebalance. It works intuitively with the individual, restoring a free-flow of energy, releasing blockages and assisting the body with it’s natural healing.
It helps with many emotional and physical problems.

An Indian Head massage may give similar results to a Reflexology treatment. The nerves of the head can be linked to organs of the body so giving the body an MOT during a head massage.

The Treatment

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As with any therapy a full consultation will take place before the treatment to ensure suitability.

Usually lasting for 45 minutes, the treatment can be shortened to 20 minutes. Please discuss this at time of booking. It can be tailored to your individual needs and a lasting effect can be achieved with a short treatment although a course of treatments could be even more beneficial.

The massage can take place sat in a low backed chair or laying on the couch and is usually performed with soothing oils. It can also take place clothed through a thin top or t-shirt.

Starting with the back and shoulders working deeply over muscles and pressure points that will aid in their relaxation leading to the arms and hands. The neck will then be massaged, including the ears. The treatment moves onto the head and scalp and will finish with the face.

A variety of techniques will be used during the treatment, some are quick and stimulating, others are gentle and relaxing and some are exclusive to Indian Head.

The last part of the treatment is balancing of the upper chakras, which will help with deeper healing and wellbeing.

Time will be given, after the massage, to sit quietly allowing the treatment to develop further.

Can relieve muscular tension, soreness and fatigue. It can increase flexibility and muscle tone
This can aid in nourishing the tissues and improving blood circulation. This speeds up the delivery of oxygen and nutrients and also the removal of waste.
This may aid in the elimination of toxins, reduce any swelling and could stimulate the immune system.
It could stimulate the release of endorphins (feel good hormones) relieving pain and elevating your mood.
Helping to decrease inflammation and stress in the muscles and tissues will induce relief of pain.
Increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain may assist in relieving mental fatigue and could promote clearer thinking.
A deep level of relaxation can be met by slowing down breathing and heart rate and reducing blood pressure. This in turn can promote rest and sleep.

After care and cautions

The majority of clients will be left with a feeling of relaxation and wellbeing following the treatment yet some clients may feel unwell and experience some of the following healing reactions for a couple of days afterwards:
Tiredness, dizziness and nausea, increased urination, aching muscles, heightened emotions, headache, cold like symptoms, disturbed sleep pattern.
These effects are due to the body rebalancing and toxins being released.

Positive healing reactions may include:
Relief of stress and muscular tension, feeling of alertness, elevation of mood, pain relief, increase energy levels.

Alcohol should be avoided for at least 24-48 hours after the treatment.

20 minutes


  • Good for workplace
  • great for clothed treatments

30 minutes


  • good for workplace
  • great for clothed and oil treatments

45 minutes


  • great for oil treatments
  • good for clothed treatments