Indian Head Massage
An Indian Head Massage Treatment is a massage of the upper-back,
arms, neck, head and face which is carried out on a fully-clothed
client, usually sitting in an upright chair (as opposed
to lying on a therapy / treatment couch).
History of Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage was brought to the United Kingdom by
Mr. Maeda, an Indian citizen who, while travelling in London,
was disappointed to find that when he visited a British
barber to have his hair cut, all he got was a hair-cut ! He was disappointed because in his home in India he was
used to receiving a head-massage as part of the standard
service provided by barber's. In the culture he was used
to women also received regular head massages, although from
female relatives rather than their hairdressers.
Mr. Maeda returned to the UK (he has since returned on
subsequent occasions), and taught the techniques that have
now become known as "Indian Head Massage". This
treatment became so popular that approved training courses
have been developed by several major beauty/therapy examining
boards and are now approved by insurers.
Consequently, 'Indian Head Massage' treatments are now
popular and widely available - offered by hairdressers/barbers,
therapists, beauticians, in public places, leisure centres,
exhibitions/conferences, and even in many offices and work-places
in the UK and other countries.
What does an Indian Head Massage Treatment involve?
Routines vary as each therapist tends to develop his/her
own particular Indian Head Massage. Treatments generally
- Massage of the upper-back (including across the shoulder blades)
- Release of tension across the top of the shoulders
- Massage of the arms
- Gentle massage and tension release from the neck
- Intensive massage of the head and scalp - which is likely to disturb all but the shortest hairstyles
- Gentle massage of the face using pressure-point techniques
Indian Head massage treatments are given to fully-clothed
clients and so may take place in open areas such as offices,
shopping centres, conference centres, and similar.
Further Information about Indian Head Massage
Introductory courses in Indian Head Massage are available
from some local colleges. For a personal introduction to this
subject and to meet like-minded people who have similar interests
find out what is available in your area.