Massage can be traced back through all cultures, but in India massage has been practised for over 4000 years and early Ayurvedic texts feature massage as one of the principles of Ayurvedic medicine. It promoted the belief that health results from the harmony within oneself, and produced a sacred book called the Ayur-Veda – The Art of Life. The tradition of massage in India is dated back to the beginnings of Hinduism, which has been the main religion of India for almost 2000 years. Massage in India is a way of life. It is a family activity and is used for relaxation, bonding and for ceremonial and social events.
In the West Indian Head Massage is used more as a stress management treatment. It is a relaxing and calming treatment which concentrates on massage of the head but also includes massage to the arms, shoulders and neck where we tend to accumulate the most stress and tension and incorporates a facial massage. It is performed seated in an appropriate chair with the client fully clothed.
- General feeling of well-being
- Improved blood circulation – massage increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients into the tissues of the body and the brain, encouraging healing and better concentration.
- Helps improve muscle tone
- Relieves muscle tension
- Improves respiration by encouraging deeper breathing
- Stimulates nerve endings which relieves muscular pain and fatigue
- Softer and regenerated skin
- Relieves physical and emotional stress
- Helps to relieve eyestrain and tension headaches
- Encourages hair growth
- Helps relieve sinus problems
- Stimulates lymphatic system
- General relaxation
- The nature of the massage helps to relieve stress, anxiety and depression by its uplifting effect
- Creates a balanced feeling in the whole body
- Refreshes and revitalizes the mind and body
- Emotional release may be experienced by the client