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STRESS MANAGEMENT: Indian Head Massage for Holistic Stress Relief

Updated on March 3, 2015
Indian Head Massage can be used in situations where undressing is not appropriate (e.g. in the office) and therefore it is well suited to the corporate environment helping release job related stress.
Indian Head Massage can be used in situations where undressing is not appropriate (e.g. in the office) and therefore it is well suited to the corporate environment helping release job related stress.

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is an excellent tool in the treatment of stress related conditions and is renowned for relieving symptoms of stress.

Indian Head massage can help to counterbalance the effects of stress, by relaxing the shoulders which will drop and allow the energy to flow more freely, encouraging deeper and easier breathing and improve joint flexibility;

Indian Head Massage can be used in situations where undressing is not appropriate (e.g. in the office or in an unsuitably furnished treatment room) and therefore Indian Head Massage is well suited to the corporate environment helping release job related stress.

Indian Head Massage brings about many of the same benefits of ordinary massage but, because it concentrates on the head and shoulders areas, which is where the seat of most of our stress-related tensions lies, it can get straight to the cause of stress related problems very quickly. It works magic releasing stress related tension headaches.

You can learn this technique, which combines an ancient cultural tradition with the demand of modern stressful living, to use at home.

How does Indian Head Massage work?

Indian Head Massage is a simple, safe and highly beneficial therapy, which has been popular throughout the Indian sub-continent for over a thousand years.

Massage of the scalp, face, neck and shoulders soothes, comforts and rebalances the energy flow to produce a feeling of peace, tranquility and much younger and relaxed aspect.

Additional benefit can be gained from the use of special essential aromatherapy oils to nourish the hair roots, promoting improvement in the texture of the hair and even reducing hair loss.

The head, neck and shoulders are important energy centres within your body. When you feel stressed, anxious or angry tension tends to accumulate. In a long run the tension can show up as a stiff neck and shoulders, eye strain, tension headaches and sometimes even hair loss.

By stimulating scalp circulation, Indian Head Massage relaxes the scalp and tones up the subcutaneous muscles, relieving eyestrain and tension headaches and improving concentration.

It also eliminates muscle tension and restores joint movement by stretching and mobilizing the tissues of the neck and shoulders. It is therefore especially beneficial to computer-users who often experience pain and stiffness in these areas.

Indian Head Massage works on the physical, mental and subtle level. It works on the upper back, neck, shoulders and head, which are the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension. It provides a de-stressing programme for the whole body.

Physical benefits of Indian Head Massage

Through physically working with the scalp, face, neck, shoulders, and upper arms, many positive physical benefits can be obtained.

  • General and specific relaxation for muscles, providing immediate relief.
  • Fibrous adhesions (knots and nodules) can be broken down.
  • Dispersal of toxins from tense, knotted muscles.
  • Relief from chronic neck and shoulder stiffness.
  • Loosening of the scalp.
  • Relaxation of the whole person.
  • Increased oxygen uptake in tissues.
  • Improved circulation of blood in previously congested muscles, providing extra oxygen for the brain.
  • Stimulation and improvement of lymph circulation.
  • Restoration of joint movement and mobility.
  • Promotion of hair growth.
  • Helps relieve tension headaches, migraines, eye-strain/eye-ache, tinnitus, jaw ache, sinusitis/congestion, neck and shoulder stiffness/ache, and insomnia.

Mental benefits of Indian Head Massage

  • A sense of calmness, peace and tranquillity.
  • A release of anxiety and pent up emotions.
  • High levels of alertness and concentration.
  • Clearer thinking.
  • Helps in dissipating mental tiredness, edginess, depression, stress etc.


Subtle Benefits of Indian Head Massage

  • Balancing of chakra energy (the energy vortices or wheels in the body through which the life force, prana, chi or ki, is said to be drawn in).
  • Release of stagnant energy, boosting of available energy on all levels.
  • General energetic healing.

You can learn this technique, which combines an ancient cultural tradition with the demand of modern stressful living, to use at home.

About the Author

Dr.Inese Millere , M.D. is lifestyle coach in holistic stress management and mindful eating for busy women after 40 who want to be Fit, Balanced and Ageless: to manage stress, stress eating, have a healthy and joyful relationship with food and enjoy healthy living and longevity.

If you'd like to talk about working with me, please contact me directly at info@inesemillere.com with a brief description of your situation.

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      massage business 

      7 years ago

      Hi Inese - great hub. Head massage is indeed a wonderful way to relax and reduce stress. Thanks

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      Inese 

      8 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Dear RGraf, thank you for the note. Of course it would be awesome to have a practitioner available. But one can obtain good results also applying it as a self massage. Check out the books and videos I indicated when you have time. Besides the stress relief benefits, there are great benefits for a hair health, too.

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      Rebecca Graf 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin

      Wow! I'm ready for one now. Thank you. This is something I need and will have to look further into.

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