Indian head massage comes from the Ayurvedic system of healing popular in India and, increasingly (especially since the 1970s), across the globe. Indian head massage has become a popular complementary therapy in its own right and is commonly used as part of other treatments (for example, shampooing) by hairdressers and massage therapists.
As well as working on the neck, head and face, Indian head massage works on the top three chakras (Hindu name given for points in the body), the crown (at the top of the head), third eye (between the eyebrows) and throat.
What are the benefits?
Like many types of massage, Indian head massage is a wonderful way to relieve tension and stress. Because Indian head massage doesn’t require clothes to be taken off, it is a very accessible type of massage which many people, too shy for other sorts, can benefit from.
Indian head massage offers a lovely way to release neck and shoulder tension and because of the focus on the scalp it is said to relax and revitalise the brain. It is also said to encourage hair growth as the massage boosts circulation enabling nutrients to get to the scalp. The facial element of the massage can relieve sinus issues and headaches. As with all massage it can aid immunity.
What will you learn?
One of the benefits of Indian head massage courses is receiving many practice massages from your fellow students! You will also get to practice on them before you do so on friends, family and clients. You will learn about the fascinating system of Ayrurvedic healing, the body (especially the scalp, face, head, neck and shoulders) and, if you decide to continue your study, how to become an Indian head massage therapist. You may, if you want to set up your own practice, choose to take a business course too.
Depending on the level you study to, you might learn some self help tools or things you can use with friends and family. If you choose to study to qualification, you might add it to an existing massage or hairdressing practice or offer it as a treatment (typical treatments last 45 minutes) on its own. You might work from a salon or wellbeing centre or offer a mobile service at events, workplaces and similar.
Is it right for you?
As with all professional courses, if you plan on working in the area after, research governing bodies in relation to Indian head massage and professional associations to ensure that you’re eligible to join and be registered. This will enable you to access ongoing support and advice as well as staying up to date with what’s going on within the industry.
If you are prone to arthritic pain or similar in your hands, while it might help you, it might also be problematic when you build up a busy practice so your own health is something to consider (although Indian head massage requires less strength than other forms of massage involving more of the body).
If you are a tactile person who likes to help others relax, like variety in your work (you could be working with a wide range of clients), Indian head massage could be a wonderful skill to train in.
While we have many, many chakras (energy centres) in our bodies, the main 7 are:
The root (base of spine), which is associated with the colour red and impacts our ability to feel safe, secure and stable (money and survival issues are connected)
The sacral (abdominal area), which is associated with the colour orange and relates to our sense of creativity and ability to enjoy life (sexuality and emotional issues are connected)
The solar plexus, which is associated with the colour yellow and relates to our sense of personal power in the world (our ability to know it’s safe to be ourselves and individuate)
The heart chakra is associated with the colours green and pink. It relates to our ability to love (ourselves, our loved ones and strangers) (love and relationship issues are connected)
The throat chakra is associated with the colour light blue. It is connected to our ability to express ourselves and speak our truth
The third eye chakra is associated with the colour purple. It is associated with our ability to see clearly and be intuitive
The crown chakra relates to our ability to access higher wisdom. It is associated with the colour white
By Eve Menezes Cunningham