Indian Head Massage
Basel-Indian Head Massage is also known as Shiro-Abhyanga. It is a non-invasive, fully clothed treatment that is ideal for clients who may be shy, such as pregnant women, the elderly, children and those with disabilities. During an Indian Head Massage treatment the client sits in a comfortable chair with the therapist working from behind.
The therapist performs a flowing sequence of movements, which begin at the shoulder and upper back areas, over the arms and hands, through the neck, ears and scalp, finishing at the face. These areas incorporate chakras, Nadis, Marma points, and vital nerve endings within the body, and so treating the head has beneficial effects on the entire body. The movements are based on a combination of effleurage, stroking, kneading, friction, percussion and Marma (pressure) point techniques.
Shiro means mind, head and neck and Abhyanga means therapeutic massage. The head is one of the first areas that the fetus develops in the womb, and is the center of the nervous system.
Scalp massage with oil may provide more Prāna with which the child can learn, think and memories, and can benefit the five senses. Indian Head Massage is a great treatment to receive at any time except for immediately after food and under conditions where massage is not advised. Massage of the forehead and temples improves eyesight, creates a centered state of awareness, and increases concentration. Working on the scalp increases the supply of fresh oxygen and glucose to the head, along with the circulation of cerebra-spinal fluid. It also promotes the growth hormones and enzymes necessary for the growth and development of the brain. Shiro-Abhyanga practised daily can also aid scalp dryness, loss of hair and premature baldness and grey hair. The shoulders are often tight due to unexpressed or repressed feelings.
When this tension is released, communication flows more naturally with more confidence and less anxiety. Indian Head Massage is a tool to reduce stress and fatigue, increase mental clarity, and to relax and rejuvenate the client. It is used as a preventative approach to health and wellbeing. A lot of people are ‘carrying the world on their shoulders’ and this is where our stress, frustration and anger accumulates, manifesting as headaches, stiffness and shoulder and neck pain. A variety of massage movements are used to relieve tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint movement. This helps to release emotional blockages and areas of negativity or stress, relieve tension, rebalance body energy and bring a calm centeredness to the client. The treatment is based on ancient Ayurvedic traditions.
Massage finishes with a beautiful relaxation lying on the the comfortable futon mat covering your body with warm blanket and breathing deeply as the relaxing Indian classical music soothes you and your muscles which stretched and relieved of tension before and made more mobile and energy lines are cleared of blockages leaving you feeling light, open and energised.