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Indian head massage is based on an ancient Indian healing system called Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic means “Knowledge of Life”. The modern Indian Head massage combines shiroabdyanga (the original family head massage), champi (more commonly found in barber shops in India) and Japanese shiatsu points. The method is not meant to be curative, but rather preventative and to reduce the progress of prevailing conditions of illness. Indian mothers for over 4000 years have given weekly Indian Head massages to their children. The points balance the chakras and clear energy blockages.
Indian Head massage supports the nervous system by alleviating stress; stimulating the lymphatic system, encouraging the elimination of toxins; increasing oxygen uptake in tissues and improving concentration.
While the title indicates only the head being massaged, this massage technique works on the scalp, face, neck, upper arms, shoulders, and upper back areas, focusing on the parts of the body most prone to tension and stress.
General relaxation for the muscles
Fibrous adhesions can be released (knots)
Neck and shoulder stiffness can be relieved
Improve circulation, providing brain with extra oxygen
Aids joint mobility
Promotes hair health
Alleviates: Tinnitus, Jaw ache, Sinus congestion, Insomnia, Neck/shoulder pain.
Indian Head Massage is a valuable technique for combating stress, which can show in the form of migraine, tension headache, hair loss, psoriasis or eyestrain.
Lolita will provide samples of Solavedi oil during the class or you may bring your favourite scalp oil. All strokes can be done without oil if you or your client prefers.
Indian Head Massage is becoming more popular at:
nursing homes, including people confined to a wheel chair
and for any client wanting deep relaxation.
There are many different styles of Indian Head Massage. In the 4 hour class 46 strokes are included in the handout. Below are the first 4 strokes to give you an example. The 8 CE class with 89 strokes, includes Indian Head strokes for Chair and Table. As far as Lolita knows, she is the only one who has developed Indian Head strokes for the table.
Sample: INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE STROKE SEQUENCE
Begin by placing your hip against client's back and with hands on their shoulder have them take 3 deep breaths. If chair it too high, then just gently place your hands on clients shoulders. Client's breathe in and out the nose for the first breath and then breathe in and out the mouth for the next two.
1. Support the head with one hand. Using the palm of the other hand, gently massage the pineal plexus found at the base of the head allowing the client's innate healing energy to rebalance and increase alertness and release pent-up emotions,
2. Still holding the forehead lightly spread and fan downwards with splayed fingers along the neck avoiding the Adam's apple.
3. Gently move client forward to give your hands space to work. During the various strokes you will naturally move your client back and forth so they relax and you can easily perform the strokes. Effleurage out from spine over top of shoulders. Use back of hand moving upwards and then change to palms when comfortable.
This massage technique has been practiced for over a thousand years. The massage is calming, yet revitalizing working on the upper back, neck, shoulder, face and scalp.
Indian Head Massage can help eyestrain, headaches, promote hair growth, improve concentration (by improving blood flow to the scalp), stimulates lymphatic drainage to the head and neck, boost hair health, relieve shoulder tension, increase neck mobility, calm the mind and ease emotional stress.
This massage is given while the client is fully clothed sitting in a chair.
Pressure points are stimulated during the massage.
Learn a method that will totally bliss out your clients while giving them gentle relief from physical ailments.
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