INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE Indian Head Massage includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. This method was developed by Narendra Mehta. It is based on the traditional form of Champi (head massage) practised in India for over 1,000 years.
It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage is safe, simple to learn and very effective to give, without the need to undress or use oils. It can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
How does it work? The client, fully clothed, sits on a chair for the treatment. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently work on some pressure points on the face.
What are the benefits? Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate. Indian head massage helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
What are the side effects and when should it be avoided? Following a treatment some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness. Indian head massage should be avoided if you have had recent surgery, or a head or neck injury; a history of thrombosis or embolism; spondylitis or spondylosis. If you have high or low blood pressure Indian head massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension. Epilepsy, any kind of heart condition, cancer or osteoporosis, please talk to your doctor before arranging a treatment. Always make sure that you avoid alcohol for at least five hours before and after the treatment.
Elena is a yoga teacher, certified Reiki Master level 4 and holistic practitioner. She trained at the College of Naturopathic Medicine obtaining a certificate in Indian Head Massage. Initially trained as a Vinyasa Flow Yoga Teacher and Pregnancy Yoga Teacher at YogaLondon, she then went on an advanced intensive training with Awakened Life School of Yoga for +300 hours Teacher training in Costa Rica and Bali. She is now a certified 500RYT teacher according to Yoga Alliance standards and continues studying with inspiring teachers from all over the world. Elena is also qualified to teach Restorative and Prenatal and Postnatal yoga. Having trained as a Doula with Michel Odent and Liliana Lammers as well as HypnoBirthing with Marie Mongan, she also includes some of these elements in her Prenatal-Postnatal classes. In her continuous strive for serving a wider range of population through the transformative path of Yoga, Elena is currently studying Integrative Yoga Therapy to attain her IAYT accredited 800Hours Professional Yoga Therapist Certificate with Lilian and Joseph LePage at Kripalu Centre in MA, USA. During her classes Elena combines an attention to healthy alignment with mindful movements, and focuses on the flow of the breath as a link between the mind and body. She encourages a non-competitive joyful practice offering modifications suitable for different bodies and conditions. Relaxation and meditation are also an important part of her practice, which she combines with the use of sound and breathing techniques.