What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing that has been practised in India for thousands of years. It involves a massage to the head, face, neck, shoulders, arms and upper back that relieves tension in the muscles. It can be relaxing, stimulating and invigorating.
Indian head massage can fit into a busy lifestyle and can help to combat stress and improve wellbeing. Stress is believed to be responsible for many illnesses and problems. Therefore alleviating stress may prevent other problems in the future.
What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
Indian head massage may:
What happens when I go for an Indian Head Massage treatment?
A full medical history will be taken and you will be asked to sign a consent form agreeing to the treatment. All information will be kept confidentially.
You will be seated in a chair and the therapist will ensure your comfort before commencing. You will also be asked to remove any obtrusive jewellery, brush your hair to remove any residues of hair products and remove any facial make up. If you have long hair you may be asked to tie it back. The therapist will then use their hands and fingers and a variety of massage techniques. A variety of oils may also be used during the treatment process. These will be selected to suit your individual needs. Some areas may feel slightly tender when pressed but this will pass. The general experience should feel relaxing.
The therapist will talk to you at the end of the treatment and will ask for your feedback. They will discuss with you their recommendations about further treatments and will give specific aftercare advice to aid the healing process.
How will I feel?
After one or two treatments, most people report an improved sense of wellbeing and experience a feeling of deep relaxation. Occasionally people report symptoms such as a mild headache, feeling tired, aching muscles or increased thirst. These are all normal reactions and should pass quickly. They are part of the healing process and a sign that the body is adjusting itself back to a state of balance.
In order to maximise the benefits of Indian head massage, it is important for clients to receive regular treatments. Benefits of regular treatments include:
What is Ear Candling?
Ear candling is an ancient therapy, thought to date back to around 2500 B.C. with ancient cultures including the Ancient Greeks referring to its use. It involves the placement of a hollow, cone-shaped tube into the ear canal. The overall aim of the therapy is to stimulate the ear and facilitate the removal of excess wax and impurities. It is particularly used to treat conditions such as sinus problems, compacted ear wax, tinnitus and headaches, but can also be used for its general therapeutic benefits, including stress relief and relaxation.
What happens during an Ear Candling treatment?
As with any therapy, the therapist will begin by carrying out a full consultation with the client, to ascertain their medical history and to find out what they are hoping to achieve from the treatment.
They are then asked to make themselves comfortable on the treatment couch, lying on one side. The therapist places the candle gently into the ear canal and it is lit. The flame slowly burns down the candle. The warm air coming into contact with the cool air creates a vacuum effect, drawing out any wax and other debris. The chimney effect that is created is what causes the sucking action and helps to remove excess wax and impurities from the inner ear and sinuses and in doing so, regulates ear pressure.
The herbs and oils within the candle turn to a vapour which is then drawn in the ear and helps to soothe and soften any irritated areas. This also helps to relax and gently massage the inner ear.
After the candle has burned down to the cut off point, it is removed from the ear and extinguished. The process is then repeated on the other ear.
Once both ears have been treated, the therapist usually ends with a massage around the ears and face to encourage lymphatic drainage.
Who can it benefit?
Most people will try ear candling in order to seek relief from a specific condition. Popular conditions that can be relieved through ear candling include:
Ear candling is suitable for adults and children of all ages, providing they can lie still. Ear candling is also said to induce other holistic benefits including: