Indian Head Massage

“Our bodies communicate to us clearly and specifically, if we are willing to listen.”

Shakti Gawain

Indian Head Massage can help to relieve aches, pains and tension in your neck, shoulders and back.

An Indian head massage stimulates the flow of blood, lymph and oxygen in your upper body.

How it relaxes and releases


It can help to encourage hair growth and also improve the texture and condition of the hair, various carrier oils can be used such as coconut, sweet almond, amongst others with an essential oil to stimulate as well as relax you.

An Indian head massage can help to cure headaches, ease eye strain, tension and anxiety.  It can help to clear your sinuses, relieve stress and soothe your mind, often helping you to sleep better.

Before any treatment is carried out a thorough examination of the hair and scalp, neck shoulders and back will be carried out.  After a consultation form has been signed off and health conditions checked, an examination to check for any contra-actions or contra-indications needs to be ruled out.

Please avoid wearing hairspray before a treatment and remove makeup.  I will select a carrier oil and can include an essential oil to use that is suitable for your skin type.  You will be seated in a chair, in front of a table for your treatment, with your feet firmly on the ground.  I will stand behind you during your treatment either supporting your head or asking you to put your head on a pillow. The treatment areas will cover arms, neck, shoulders, upper back head and face.

Each treatment can be adapted if necessary, varying pressure, being clothed or upper body unclothed and wrapped in a towel for modesty, using different products to suit.  Some people do not wish to have oil in their hair, others may need more shoulder massage, or prefer to have their head being massaged more than their face.  I will discuss your likes and dislikes before and check during a treatment to make sure the treatment is personalised for you.

An Indian head massage aims to rebalance your body’s energies; it’s a treatment for the mind, body and spirit.  My best way to describe an Indian head massage is that feeling of floating on air afterwards, a truly wonderful way to relax, recharge and revitalise your body and soul.


The history of Indian Head Massage.

Indian head massage has been practised for 5000 years or longer and evolved in India.  This holistic therapy is based on the Ayurvedic belief of healing, which combines mind, body and spirit, using oils and blends to enhance the effect of the massage.  The idea is to create a balance and help to restore harmony and health in the person being treated.

In India, Indian head massage has been handed down for generations and family members often give each other massages and also to their babies and children.  Young babies will be massaged daily and children between 3-6 will be massaged a couple of times a week.  A pregnant mother will be given a head massage throughout the pregnancy term.  The children in India normally around school age will be taught how to give and receive an Indian head massage.  It is a holistic practice that will be part of their life until old age.

When visiting India you will often see head massages being given at the side of the road and even when visiting a hair dresser head massage is part of the service often referred to as Champi.  It is claimed by some people that it can help to prevent balding and early greying of hair but it is not proven.  Often before a marriage ceremony the couple will receive head massages to help them to relax and condition their skin and hair;  Indian weddings go on for days normally!

The climate is much hotter than Europe and often the massage will be outside.  The oils help to moisturise the hair in the dry climate and different oils will be used dependent on area, cost and time of year.  In the south of India often coconut oil is used as there is an abundance of coconut trees, whereas in the north there are more mustard plants so mustard oil tends to be used.

There are many oils that can be used and often Jojoba, Olive oil, Sweet Almond oil, Coconut oil are used in salons, however dependent on the salon, therapist, client and country the oils chosen to suit all have a range of benefits.  The massage can help to moisturise the hair and stimulate hair growth and condition the skin. There are many physical benefits as well as psychological benefits which make it such a popular treatment to this day.

Safety first


When not to have an Indian Head Massage:

During chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy, it is advisable not to perform an Indian head massage for several reasons. The person could feel very unwell, have a very sore head and with having the chemicals in the system.

I would require a letter from a Medical consultant stating that it is suitable for an Indian head massage to take place.

It is not advisable to massage if there is any inflammation or undiagnosed swelling, which could indicate a serious medical condition or injury. In all cases medical confirmation would be required before any massage could occur.

If there is severe bruising, cuts and abrasions in the area, it would not be sensible to massage because of the sensitivity to the areas, risk of infection and further injury. The massage is quite firm and it would be advisable to treat once the areas are better. 

Should there be a scalp or skin disease that could be contagious or is being treated, it would be inadvisable to massage.

Examples of contra-indications that may prevent treatment:
  • Minor bruising, cuts and sores, can be worked around if not severe
  • Recent scar tissue
  • Skin conditions such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, sebaceous cysts, sun burn, etc.
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Thrombosis or Embolism, or any condition where the client is under medical treatment
  • Allergies to products and skin sensitivity
  • Head/neck injury or recent surgery
  • Intoxicated and under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Experiencing a migraine
  • Infectious or contagious disease i.e. chicken pox, measles, flu, impetigo, tinea, capitis (ringworm of the scalp), pediculosis capitis (head lice), scabies.
  • Pregnancy may restrict treatment.

Treatment and Price

The actual treatment will take around 45 minutes

Please allow an hour to include a consultation and treatment

  • Indian Head Massage (45mins)