Indian Head Massage improves circulation in the head, enhances the five senses, improves memory, eases mental and emotional stress and promotes clear thinking. It is highly recommended for headaches, migraines, insomnia, tinnitus and vertigo, and depression.
Its high success rate with stress-related disorders is resulting in more doctors taking an interest in the technique. A few professors of medicine have studied head massage with Dr Badat. It is also becoming increasingly popular among dentists wanting to ease the discomfort of conventional dental treatments. Big corporations are finding it a useful tool in the ongoing battle to improve productivity and absenteeism. In the workplace it is generally done as a dry-scalp technique.
Perhaps one of the most significant modern applications is to address the harmful effects of cell phone radiation. Advanced practitioners study phrenology, an ancient science interpreting the shape of the skull and the bulges and dents on the head in much the same way as reflexologists and iridologists interpret the feet and eyes.
A PARALLEL WITH REFLEXOLOGY
Dr Anne Combrinck, an Ayurvedic Health Care Advisor and Remedial Yoga Teacher, had this to tell us.
‘When it is properly done, Indian Head Massage is in fact a massage of the entire body. As in foot reflexology, the body’s organs and glands are represented on the head, ears and face. There are many important acupressure points on the head. The entire nervous system is calmed when its centre, the head, is massaged.
The application of nourishing oils to the head helps to both calm and strengthen the brain and nervous system. Oil massaged into the head is absorbed by the hair roots, which connect to the nerve fibres that lead to the brain. Oil strengthens the hair and removes dryness, which is responsible for brittle hair, premature balding, and many scalp disorders. Head massage during the first 6 to 9 months is excellent for an infant’s brain and eyesight. Indian Head Massage is very relaxing and usually includes the face, ears, neck and shoulders, as well as the scalp. It helps to relieve tension and associated headaches.'
She currently teaches an Ayurvedic Head and Face massage as part of the AnandaPranaTM Technique (loosely translated as ‘Bliss Energy'). It is adapted to a person's unique constitution, and includes beautiful Ayurveda-suitable blended essential oils. For more ono this visit: AnandaPranaTM Techniques.
TENSION AND HEADACHES
Linzi Mons is an accredited tutor of ChampissageTM, a trademarked sequence of massage movements, and gives us her perspective.
In our modern society, stress, poor eating habits, pollution, and lack of exercise and fresh air all contribute to a variety of ailments settling on the head and shoulders. Indian Head and Shoulder Massage is an exceptionally effective and accessible technique that can be practised anywhere. It is not necessary to use oils unless specifically requested or indicated. In or out of the workplace you can relax, allowing a therapist half an hour to iron out all the tension brought about by a fast-paced lifestyle.
Four out of five people suffer from headaches, occasionally or on a daily basis. Apart from environmental factors such as artificial lighting and air-conditioning, headaches have multiple causes. Seasonal allergies, sinusitis, eye strain, poor posture and aching jaws from clenching or grinding teeth all contribute.
Head and shoulder massage eases the nodules that accumulate in the neck and shoulders through long hours spent in front of a computer or driving. Massaging the scalp improves the circulation, increasing the flow of oxygen to the head and dissipating accumulated toxins that contribute to headaches. A relaxing facial massage assists in clearing the sinuses. The growth and lustre of the hair improves. One is left feeling refreshed, as if after a short nap.
There are few contraindications. Degenerative spinal disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritic conditions would require gentle treatment. However, there is no age limit. It is advisable to moderate pressure to suit each individual. Recommended intervals between treatments should be between 5 and 10 days, to allow the body to rid itself of toxins liberated by the treatment.
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