Indian Head Massage - A Brief History

Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system which endeavors to restore balance to the body and mind. Ayurvedic means 'the science of life'.

It has been practiced for over a thousand years and has been an important feature of Indian family life during this time. Traditionally, members of families massage their babies every day until the age of three and massage is practiced on all family members to enhance health and wellbeing. Oils are traditionally used such as mustard seed and coconut oil.

How does it work?

The aim of Indian Head Massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles, and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

What does it involve?

The client sits in a massage chair for the treatment. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. The session will last approximately 30 - 35 minutes, and most therapists like their clients to sit quietly for ten or twenty minutes once the massage has been completed.

What is it good for?

Indian Head Massage is especially good for stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.


  • Improves blood to the muscles and soft tissue thus hastening the removal of waste products thus enabling a fresh delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the tissue  Relieves Muscular tension and fatigue

  • Can help to relieve tension headaches and muscular aches and pains

  • Improves Joint mobility
  • Decreases inflammation in tissue

  • Helps improve the condition of the skin and hair

  • Activates the nervous system thus promoting relaxation and promoting sleep

  • Stimulates the release of endorphins from the brain thus helps to relieve stress and anxiety