Massage in India has played an important role for nearly 4,000 years and features in early Ayurvedic texts (ancient Indian medical system). When used in conjunction with aromatic oils, herbs and spices, massage not only helps to firm the skin and strengthen muscles but it still performs an important medical function all over India today.
Indian head massage evolves from the tradition of sharing a massage with family members across the generations as a part of family life and has been practised for over a thousand years. Indian women originally developed it as part of their grooming routine. Different oils were used on their hair and scalp according to the season, ie coconut, sesame, mustard oil, henna, herbal oils, etc.
Barbers in India still practise these same skills on their clients mainly giving invigorating scalp massages to stimulate and refresh the mind alongside a wet shave or haircut. The word "shampoo" comes from the Hindi word "champi". Being "champi-ed" means to have your head massaged.
Narendra Mehta from India formalised the techniques of Indian head massage as we know it here in the UK today and he introduced it to the public at the Mind, Body, Spirit exhibition in London in 1981. From 1995 he introduced a course which lead to a qualification to practise head massage.
A consultation is always undertaken at the first treatment to record the client's health, diet and lifestyle and to establish any contra-indications to treatment. The initial consultation lasts for around 15-30 minutes and a small additional fee is payable only at the first session.
If you have a serious medical condition or are receiving medical treatment, you should consult your GP before commencing treatment. Indian head massage should not be used as an alternative to seeing your GP. It is a complementary therapy and can be used alongside other medical treatments.
A full treatment will last for about 25-30 minutes seated in an upright chair and is worked over clothing, cotton being an ideal material to work over. A session may include massage of the head, neck, upper arms, shoulders, upper back, face and ears depending on the individual's requirements.
Every effort will be made to make the client feel comfortable and secure in pleasant surroundings and it should be a relaxing and enjoyable experience. Soothing background music is played to encourage deep relaxation and to heighten feelings of tranquility and well-being. However sometimes slight tenderness may be felt over the areas being worked which should feel much better after a day or two. The release of these tensions may help the free flow of energy in the body to restore its natural balance.
At subsequent treatments there will be a shorter questionnaire just to see how you have been since the last treatment.
Caroline also has relevant Public Liability and Malpractice Insurance cover with Alan Boswell Insurance Brokers Ltd in Norfolk which is renewed annually in June each year through her membership of the Association of Reflexologists.
AS AT 1 APRIL 2022
An initial consultation fee of £5 is charged at the first treatment only
A 30 minute Indian Head, Neck & Shoulder treatment (seated in chair and worked over clothing) costs £24.00
A 20 minute Neck & Shoulder massage only (seated in chair and worked over clothing) costs £19.00
We are based in Moordown, Bournemouth but we can offer a mobile Indian Head Massage service from Broadstone to Southbourne (please see Reflexology Mobile Service page) for a small extra charge to those who are unable to travel to us and would like the treatment in the comfort of their own home.
A cancellation charge for the cost of your treatment will not be made if at least 24 hours' notice is given or your appointment is filled. This ensures that nobody is inconvenienced or has to wait unnecessarily for an appointment.