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Indian Head Massage - 10 Good Reasons Why You Should Have One Soon

Updated on April 1, 2013
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In today's ever increasingly fast paced society many of us are suffering from the effects of stress in one way or another. This can and quite often does manifest it´s self physically as well as mentally, leading to all kinds of problems and making us feel unwell and unhappy.

Therefore, isn´t it worth awarding yourself half an hours "ME" time once per week or so to treat yourself to an Indian head massage and feel all that tension and stress ebbing away ?

Your body and mind will thank you for it.

What Is Indian Head Massage ?

Massage for health, hygiene, as a ritual and for pleasure has been around for thousands of years.

Indian head massage is an ayurvedic treatment for health and included in the sacred Ayur-Veda ( Art of life ) a Sacred book of Hindus under it´s hygienic principles.

Indian head massage is carried out on the shoulders, neck, head and face. I also massage the upper arms as these can hold a lot of tension.

A variety of massage techniques are used and different levels of pressure also.

Thumb sweeps, finger pulls,champissage,thumb pushes,heel rubs,rolling and smoothing will be some of the techniques used.

I always ask my clients to let me know if I am using too much or not enough pressure. And also to tell me if there is anything I am doing which they don´t enjoy. I will then stop and move onto a different technique.

You don´t have to strip for this kind of massage, but I do prefer my clients have bare arms, shoulders, neck and head. I then wrap a large clean bath sheet around them to protect their modesty and my sensibilities.

I prefer to massage using oils so as not to pull the clients skin. A variety of oils may be used and can be tailored to the clients skin type or needs.

Anyone of any age can benefit from this type of massage, from young children to the elderly. Obviously only the most gentle of pressure is then applied, and some of the techniques not used. For the very young and the old gentle sweeping movements are all that is required.

Certain conditions, infections and infestations can rule out you having a massage, for your protection as well as that of the masseuse. Your masseuse should have a consultation with you before you proceed and any contra indications will be discussed then.

As with all treatments, conventional, complimentary, traditional etc. If you have a medical problem you should tell the masseuse and have a chat with your Doctor or Medic before trying anything new.

Most people however will be absolutely fine and can go ahead and book a massage session.

Although the massage is performed on the upper body ,the whole body benefits, and the relaxation generated is total.

Indian head massage can be carried out almost anywhere, it is said. But I prefer a temperature controlled and quiet location. I have heard that this type of massage is often carried out by the beach and other outside venues but I can´t imagine these settings would allow you to relax and get the full benefit from a massage..too many distractions for that.

10 Good Reasons Why You Should Have An Indian Head Massage Soon

Alleviates stress

Promotes good sleep patterns

Helps to rid the body of toxins

Relaxes muscles helping them to function at full capacity

Improves circulation

Increases energy levels

Improves skin

so go on and treat yourself to at least one, it will do you a power of good !!

Your comments and votes are really appreciated so please do leave some..Thanks

A Little About bac2basics The Author Of This Hub

Hi I am bac2basics and have many interests which I write about and feature on

As well as health topics I am also interested in supernatural and spiritual occurrences, life and wildlife in Spain, holiday destinations and happy holiday memoirs, recipes, gardening and money saving hints and tips amongst a host of other topics.

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    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Spain

      Hi oldiesmusic. Good idea to have one ASAP and I can promise you will feel so good afterwards, Happy new year and keep on treating yourself to a massage :)

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      7 years ago from United States

      It sounds really good! I will try to sneak in between my busy days (as the year closes) with an Indian massage, thanks for introducing this! :)

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      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Peanut. If you were nearer I would do one for free. Treat yourself this coming week..after setting your coat on fire whilst could certainly do with a treat LOL :)

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      Tara Carbery 

      9 years ago from Cheshire, UK

      I absolutely love indian head massages and wish I could afford one each week. It makes you feel so relaxed and soothed. I really want one now!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi JPCMC. You should try at least one, It will leave you feeling wonderful. Many thanks for reading and your comment.

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      JP Carlos 

      9 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I have never tried this one before. It sounds relaxing.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Olde Cashmere. Thanks for dropping in. You must try one, I promise you will enjoy and benefit from it. Thanks for all the votes, I really appreciate them :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      9 years ago

      This sounds amazing and the benefits I believe are true. Thank you for sharing bac2basics. I enjoyed this article and found it informative and appealing. Voted up, interesting, useful, and awesome :)

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      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Thelma. I couldn´t agree more. I have no one to give me a massage now, but do agree that when I am giving one, I am so focused on the client and what I am doing, it really clears my head too. And there´s nothing better than feeling a client relaxing under your hands.

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      Thelma Alberts 

      9 years ago from Germany

      Hi! I love indian head massage. Giving as well as having this treatment. It´s very relaxing and healthy. Thanks for sharing.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi buffychilly. Many thanks for voting me and following and your great comments.When you get fed up of looking at the pouring rain...either book yourself a massage..or write a hub, I know you would be great at it. Now there´s a thought!! xx

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      9 years ago

      Hi there, great hub, loved having a head massage, and they are very relaxing. Don't think we treat ourselves to a massage often enough in the uk, the benefits are huge. Perhaps all GPs surgeries should offer them. Now there is a thought.

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Nell. You really should give a try. They are wonderful. You will float out afterwards like you are on a cloud of bliss :)

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, I never had one but I did have a friend who had it done, she said it was magical! she went to him completely stressed and came back to work so calm she nearly fell asleep! lol! really interesting, must go and give it a try, thanks! voted up!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Red. Everyone should try at least one. I can promise you , you will go back for more. They do give you total relaxation and the health benefits are more than I could fit into my hub.have one and enjoy. many thanks for reading and your great comment.

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      Redberry Sky 

      9 years ago

      The lady who washes my hair at the hairdressers aways gives customers a 'mini' Indian head massage, and it is sooo lovely and relaxing. I keep promising to get myself a full session as a special treat, and looking at the list of health and relaxation benefits, I think I'll book one quite soon :)

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi Global-Chica

      Many thanks for reading and your comment.Yes it´s total relaxation and really good for you. There are far more health benefits to it than I mentioned on the hub too.Don´t worry too much about technique, just keep the movements flowing and keep some contact between you and your boyfriend at all times.Drink plenty of water afterwards and this will flush out toxins.

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      9 years ago from New York, NY

      I absolutely LOVE Indian head massages! My boyfriend and I had it done when we were in India and absolutely love them. They seem to magically wipe away any tension and leave you feeling super relaxed. We've tried to recreate the massage since being back and your hub reminded me to look up some techniques to do it at home. Voted up!

    • bac2basics profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Spain

      Hi KJ, yes you are absolutely right. I stuck to the stress aspect though otherwise the hub would have gone on and on and on forever. Maybe I´ll focus on some of the other benefits in another hub. Very many thanks for taking the time to read and comment, much appreciated.

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      9 years ago from Florida

      Great hub..Massage is not only to relax and destress, but to keep the body in good working condition..have always suggested to new mother's the massage to babies, as it has a calming affect on them, helps sleep and digestion of foods/ also relieves pain in most people...very informative and interesting..


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