Indian Head Massage Therapy


  • Relieves tension
  • Reduces headaches & migraine
  • Promotes better quality sleep
  • Eases the symptoms of sinusitis

What is Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a therapy carried out with the recipient in a seated position. It can help relax, soothe or invigorate the receiver. Oils can be used with the added benefit of keeping hair strong and healthy as well as relieving the symptoms associated with sinus issues.

Research suggests that receipt of Indian Head massage increases alpha waves in the brain. This deep state of relaxation is associated with the alleviation of stress, improved breathing, lower blood cholesterol and increased immunity.


This most relaxing mode of massage started in India hundreds of years ago, based on the principle of Ayurveda, a holistic approach which encompasses the mind, body and spirit. Its aim is to maintain/improve the flow of energy or chakras in the body. The skills associated with Indian Head Massage is handed down from generation to generation with family members often giving and receiving the therapy.

How is it carried out

The therapist works on the clients’ upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. It is carried out with the client in a sitting position and can include the use of oil, plus with towels and cushions used to enhance comfort and relaxation.

Techniques used

It is a treatment that involves the therapist using their hands, palms and fingers to stroke, knead and rub the body’s soft tissues. Other techniques include ruffling, tapotement and the gentle tugging of the hair.


In addition to it being extremely relaxing, Indian Head Massage can

  • Prevent/reduce eye strain, headaches and migraines
  • Relieve aches, pains and tension
  • Promote the growth of strong, shiny, healthy hair
  • Enable better quality, restful sleep
  • Ease the symptoms of sinusitis

Finally, an abstract from a report that appeared in the Nursing Times in 2013 by Howard V, Halldorsson R (2013) entitled “Using Indian head massage to aid recovery” stated; “The feedback showed individual positive experiences and that the treatment enhanced experiences of care.

These outcomes are being used to explore the benefits of the use of IHM in ward environments. The feedback indicates IHM training for multidisciplinary ward staff would be beneficial”

£40.00 Per 1 Hour Session