Indian Head & Seated Acupressure massage

Enjoy the myriad benefits of seated massage:

Psychologically, physically & energetically!

Indian Head Massage (IHM)indian-head-massage

Originating in India IHM is an integral part of Indian life. Women massage their babies from birth until they’re grown up and children from a very young age are taught to massage their siblings and family members.

Dating back almost 5,000 years Ayurvedic tradition believed massaging the head and neck helped to cleanse and invigorate as well as promote hair growth and heal scalp conditions. CHAMPUA, in Hindi, means to knead and massage the scalp and hair.

We have Narendra Mehta to thank for bringing this wonderful therapy to the UK. Travelling from India, in the 1970’s, he was surprised to discover that nowhere in the UK could he find a head and neck massage. He set about adapting the original IHM routine and developed a gentler more comprehensive technique to include the upper back and shoulders where he observed Westerners carried a lot of their stress and tension.

Indian Head massage is a popular therapy in combating the effects of our fast-paced, stressful life styles , addressing common health problems such as muscular aches and pains, headaches, digestive problems, anxiety and low energy – to mention a few!
Unfortunately our modern lives involve far too much sitting and constantly using techno devices. This is paving the way for over-used neck, shoulder and back muscles, which is why more and more people are seeking relief through complementary health care such as Indian Head massage.

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING A TREATMENT

You will be seated in a low-back chair and remain fully clothed for the treatment; usually a short-sleeved top or T shirt is recommended. I will offer you any props you may need, such as a back cushion or support for under your feet. Or you can opt to have a treatment with an oil or lotion and I will provide a large towel to keep you covered and warm.

A full treatment lasts about 30mins although this can be extended to 45minutes. The aim of this wonderfully relaxing and invigorating therapy is to work on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp, hair and face, to promote increased circulatory function, to relieve physical and psychological tension and to rebalance energy flow. Ultimately you will feel calmer, de-stressed and revitalised!.

SEATED ACUPRESSURE MASSAGE (SAM)

This is a relatively modern therapy developed in the 1980’s by David Palmer who was an American body builder. He began massaging Apple employees to offer relief from tension and stress suffered in the workplace. This proved so popular he designed a portable ergonomic massage chair and the term ‘On Site’ massage was born!

Some of the techniques used in SAM orginate from an ancient Chinese form of bodywork known as ANMA – a 2,500 year old therapy – meaning push-pull or to press-rub. Various massage techniques are used including pressure, friction, tapotement, rocking and rubbing and pulling. Fingers, thumbs, hands, forearms and elbows can be employed to create a soothing and invigorating effect.

indian-head-massage2More importantly these techniques are effective in stimulating acupressure points – known as Tsubos – which are located along the meridian pathways where energy collects and is most accessible. There are 365 of these points, several of which are located along the back, shoulders, arms, neck and head. Most acupressure points are located in small depressions or hollows between bones, and when stimulated a more efficient flow of ‘chi’ or ‘ki’ – meaning universal life force – is activated, helping to re-balance energy flow throughout the body, facilitating a re-vitalised state.

ADVANTAGES OF SEATED MASSAGE THERAPIES

  • No need to remove your clothes
  • Self-conscious clients can easily relax & be comfortable
  • No climbing on and off massage couch (easier for back/neck sufferers)
  • Ideal for busy workers on a tight schedule

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