There’s a wonderful world of alternative therapies out there just waiting to be discovered. This month, we look into Indian head massage
You carry it around with you all day. When doing the cooking, at work, having lunch, or even out on the dance floor having a boogie with friends. It’s sitting on your shoulders, weighing on average 10 to 11 pounds – we usually forget that it’s there, but we couldn’t be without it. Don’t you think it’s time that your head received a spot of TLC?
We caught up with Mary Todd, senior guru therapist at Gina Conways, a Wimbledon salon. She specialises in holistic treatments such as massages and facials, and was able to tell us a thing or two about the Indian head massage: “Indian head massages are a type of traditional massage which originated and was solely performed in India until the 1970s; it was part of the practice of ancient Indian medicine called Ayurveda. Since then, the benefits of this massage slowly started to filter around the globe.”
Mary also tells us: “an Indian head massage isn’t like most other massages; it gets rid of any tension inside, allowing your body to feel more relaxed or energised, depending on your personality type, and it allows your scalp to feel clean and tension-free.
“It also improves circulation and the functioning of the nervous system, creates scalp exfoliation, and de-stresses and relaxes the body in general.” So, it’s a good therapy to use if you’re wanting to chill out from the pressures of 21st century life.
We also heard that the therapy is pretty safe. As Mary says: “There aren’t any risks involved with an Indian head massage, unless the client has any other health problems.”
The massage isn’t exclusive to people who can afford to splash out on expensive treatments, either. They can be given to yourself, by yourself, at home, free of charge. As Mary says: “You have the power within your own fingertips to relax your mind, especially if you use therapeutic oils. You can begin massaging your head starting from the sides and towards the top, slowly working your way towards the back and front, and essentially massaging your whole head with just your fingertips and thumbs!” Sounds like heaven to us!
Everything you need to know about your first session
Mary tells us what to expect from an expert-led session: “I use heated Aveda oils customised to the guest during the consultation process, because I believe heat helps with relaxation and tension of the muscle. I then continue my treatment with various massage movements to relieve tension and stress, concentrating on marma points on the head. I then wrap the head in a hot towel at the end whilst easing pressure points on the face.” You can buy some oil yourself – we recommend Aveda’s Beautifying Composition Oil, £24, aveda.co.uk.
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