Indian Head Massage FAQs
What Does The Consultation Involve?
An Indian head massage includes a consultation, during which I will ask you questions about how you are feeling, your medical history, lifestyle, and why you have come for treatment. This gives me the opportunity to ensure that there are no reasons why it would not be advisable for you to have an Indian head massage and to rule out any contraindications. If you advise me that you have or are experiencing a particular condition I may write to your GP to ask whether there is any reason why you should not have a massage therapy treatment. A consent form must be signed for children under 16 years old.
Are There Any Contraindications to Indian Head Massage?
Indian head massage is an extremely safe and effective treatment, but the following conditions are contraindicated:
- Fever/high temperature
- Acute infectious diseases
- Scalp or skin infections
- Recent haemorrhage, head or neck injury
- Migraine (during an attack)
How Long Does A Treatment Last?
An Indian head massage can last between 15 and 60 depending on your needs. A short, brisk Indian head massage can revitalise and refresh you and is a perfect pick-me-up for times when your energy levels are low, such as during the afternoon or in the evening after an exhausting day. Depending on your mood, needs and preferences, an Indian head massage treatment involves varying combinations of gentle, soothing and brisk, stimulating movements.
Are Oils Used?
The use of oil is optional, depending on when and where the massage is performed. Indian head massage can be performed through clothing, and/or directly onto the skin using a natural carrier oil such as Sweet Almond oil. A pure essential oil may be added if you wish, but again this is optional.
How Will I Feel Afterwards?
Indian head massage triggers the release of “feel good” chemicals which create a euphoric sensation of contentment and happiness. People emerge from the blissful experience of deep relaxation with renewed vigour, creativity and sense of purpose. It can be an exhilarating yet peaceful feeling, often described as greater awareness that brings more restful sleep, increased energy and vitality, and relief from stress and mild depression.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Following an Indian head massage some people may experience transitional effects such as tiredness or fatigue, changes in sleep patterns, feeling emotional, changes in bowel movements/urine output, excess perspiration, or flu-like symptoms. These effects are usually only temporary and normally subside within 24-72 hours.
It is a good idea to go home and relax after the treatment so that your body can heal itself sufficiently and gain maximum benefit from the treatment.
How Often Should I Have An Indian Head Massage?
This depends on a number of factors, such as how stressed you feel, whether you have muscular tightness, headaches, or other health condition, and of course your availability and financial situation.
If you are looking for a treatment to help you relax and take time out for yourself, I usually suggest that you come for an Indian head massage every 2–4 weeks. However, if you are experiencing pain from a specific injury (for example whiplash or frozen shoulder) or struggling to cope with a particular health condition (migraines, anxiety or sleep problems), I may suggest you come for weekly treatments for 4-6 weeks until you notice an improvement.