Why I love giving Indian head massages

Indian head massage

My name is Katie and I have been massaging and offering therapeutic healing since 2009. I am trained in a number of therapies, including Reiki, Chinese deep tissue massage (Tuina) and Indian Head Massage. I was drawn to offer support to others in this way, and find it a great compliment to be able to ease bodies and minds through the winding path of life.

It is a pleasure for me to meet individuals from all backgrounds and work with them to find the best hands-on therapy. I maintain a friendly and welcoming space, open to chatting or quietness as the mood requires. Social
obligations and concerns can be left aside as people enter a special space to meet their needs. On a personal level, I really enjoy the sense of connection that Indian Head Massage promotes. It is a little more intimate, working the head and face areas, and by relaxing into the process and trusting the techniques a great calm can be achieved.

Typically in a seated position, this deeply relaxing sensorial experience can provide much-needed relaxation and relief from a number of symptoms. This may include headaches, stress-headaches, toothache, life-stress, post-illness fog and tension in the face, neck and shoulders. Some people find it helpful alongside other therapies as part of life-changing stress-reduction techniques.

I offer 'dry' head massages, as in I do not employ oils. This means that the client remains comfortably clothed, and can leave without needing to go and wash immediately after. The techniques work initially into the shoulders, upper-back and neck, opening the channels for the blood and energy to flow to and from the head and face. On the head itself, a number of techniques both excite and ease the nerves and lymph system. These include tapping, rubbing, ruffling the hair and engaging with pressure points.

Around the facial areas, soothing and smoothing is encouraged with fingertips easing along lymph channels. This may alleviate sinus pressure and promote great relaxation. Our hard-working facial muscles can take a break and refuel with the increased blood-flow and energy. At the end, a little energy work is employed, before the client gets a bit of helping grounding back into their body and mind. Any techniques can be avoided if individuals find them uncomfortable, and this may be adapted to as the massage continues as well.

Clear communication is encouraged and all massages are tailored to suit each individual. This style of massage can accommodate individual needs, so if someone finds it hard to sit for periods of time, breaks can be incorporated, or the massage may be adapted to lying on the couch. Cushions and blankets may ease people's postures so they may sit comfortably and at a temperature that suits each individual.

Typically a 45 minute session is offered initially for the Head Massage. However, it can be extended to one hour or 90 minutes to include deep tissue body massage, or Reiki healing to complement the head massage. I look forward to the opportunity to engage in this peaceful and relaxing massage with you soon.

Best wishes

Katie


About the author

Katie Challis massage therapistKatie Challis has a long standing interest and passion for massage therapy and has studied extensively. She frequently attends many festivals around the country where she offers massage therapy and have a thriving practise in Sheffield outside of these times.