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Treatment FAQs

How long does a treatment last?
Treatments usually last between 40 & 45 minutes but can be adapted to suit your needs.

Where will I have the treatment?
Treatments are performed in a quiet and still room, in a seated position and oils are used to enhance effectiveness. Soothing music is played to ensure you are comfortable & relaxed throughout the treatment.
It is important to wear a comfortable cotton top during the treatment & to remove/switch off mobile phones.

How many treatments will I need?
The benefits of Indian Head Massage can be felt immediately: you might feel both invigorated & relaxed, calm & peaceful, yet energised. Your body will continue to re-energise & repair itself up to 48 hours after the treatment, so it is important to listen to your body. Try to make sure you have the time to rest after a treatment & let your body heal itself.
Regular sessions will multiply the beneficial effects of the massage but you can have treatments as often as you want!

What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage is a terrific way to relax both body & soul, promoting restful sleep, soothing the mind, providing welcome relief from stress and tension headaches and many other conditions.

When shouldn't I receive a treatment?
Indian Head Massage is a very safe and effective therapy used to treat a variety of conditions, ranging from stress & tension headaches to asthma. However, as with all therapies, it is important to make the therapist of any pre-existing conditions that may affect the nature of the treatment provided. Below is a list of conditions which that are contra-indicated and for which treatment cannot be provided:

  • High Temperature / Fever
  • Infectious Disease
  • Skin or Scalp infections
  • Thrombosis
  • Recent head or neck injury/surgery
  • Intoxication
  • Food Poisoning
  • Other conditions may require you to consult with your doctor before a treatment can be considered:
  • Low/high blood pressure
  • Epilepsy
  • Cancer
  • Heart Conditions

Please note that these lists are not exhaustive and other medical conditions may require referral to your GP before treatment can commence. Please email me with any queries.

How much does a treatment cost?
Please contact me for pricing and availability information. Gift vouchers are available.

Chakras

What are Chakras?

The word 'Chakra' is an ancient Sanskrit word which literally translates as 'wheel'. We can therefore visualise Chakras as spinning wheels of energy, hovering around the body. Chakras are often depicted as geometric shapes (Yantras), derived from the lotus flower.

Although Chakras do not have a physical form, they influence the physical body & can affect our emotions, our physical & mental well-being if they become imbalanced. The Eastern tradition of 'Chakra balancing' forms an important part of the style of Indian Head Massage practised in the West today.

The energetic flow in & around the body can be disturbed by illness, emotional trauma or the stress placed on the body during everday life. Once the function of the chakras is hindered, the flow of energy is disturbed and may manifest in the body, emotionally or physically.

There are numerous chakras spinning within the energetic body, Indian Head Massage is concerned with the Seven Major Chakras. By focusing on the subtle energy of the chakras, the harmony of unbalanced chakras can be restored.

Suggested reading: 'Way of Chakras' by Caroline Shola Arewa (Thorsons)

Root Sacral Solar Plexus Heart Throat Brow Crown

The Root Chakra - Muladhara

Colour Bright Red
Location Base of Spine
Energetic Purpose Defines the concept of our being, our survival & stability
Psychological Effect Calms the mind & body
Physical Effect Bones, teeth, nails, limbs
Imbalance Materialistic in nature, dissatisfaction, uncertainty & worry
Harmony Profound connection to nature

The Sacral Chakra Svadhisthana

Colour Orange
Location Below the naval
Energetic Purpose Feelings of creativity, pleasure & exploration
Psychological Effect Rejuvenates, stimulates desire
Physical Effect Reproductive organs, Kidney & Bladder
Imbalance Inability to express feelings, emotional instability
Harmony Considerate, Kind & friendly, able to express emotions

The Solar Plexus Chakra Manipura

Colour Golden Yellow
Location Below ribcage
Energetic Purpose Where the personality is formed, provides our sense of identity & self confidence
Psychological Effect Eases aggression & eases peace
Physical Effect Stomach & Gall Bladder, nervous & digestive systems, abdomen & lower back
Imbalance Need to dominate, materialistic
Harmony Inner peace, tolerance & acceptance of others, harmony of material & spiritual

The Heart Chakra Anahata

Colour Green
Location Centre of chest
Energetic Purpose Deals with relationships & our own personal development
Psychological Effect Brings peace & understanding
Physical Effect Heart, lower lungs, chest & skin
Imbalance Inability to accept & give love with sincerity
Harmony 'Wholeness', tolerance & acceptance of life & relationships

The Throat Chakra Visuddha

Colour Blue
Location Near Thyroid Glands
Energetic Purpose Communication, expression & information
Psychological Effect Harmonious speech
Physical Effect Throat, neck & sensory organs
Imbalance Inability to express emotions, inability to relax & fear of silence, leading to tension & frustration, speech disorders
Harmony Intuitive, balanced approach to speech & silence

The Brow Chakra / The Third Eye Ajna

Colour Indigo
Location Between the eyes
Energetic Purpose Stores memory & imagination, houses our understanding, perception,intellect
Psychological Effect Brings understanding & harmony
Physical Effect Head, brain, eyes & face
Imbalance Oversensitivity to others, non-assertive & undisciplined, leads to headaches/migraines, lack of intuition
Harmony Spiritual awareness, intuition

The Crown Chakra Sahasrara

Colour Violet/White/Gold
Location Crown of head
Energetic Purpose Maintains overall balance of Chakras, concerned with thinking & decision making
Psychological Effect Overcoming self-limitations
Physical Effect Brain, cerebellum, skull
Imbalance Inability to release anxieties, fears & depression, make decisions
Harmony Abandonment of the ego

Ayurveda and Chakras

Ayurveda literally means ‘knowledge of life’:

Ayur meaning life and Veda meaning knowledge

This ancient art recognises the importance of massage and holistic treatment to promote health, beauty & wellbeing, bringing balance to the body, mind and spirit.
Ayurvedic belief teaches that our emotional and physical wellbeing is governed by the three life-giving forces, the doshas: Vata, Pitta & Kapha

Vata houses the mind, body & senses.

Pitta governs the heat & energy of the body, it's metabolism & digestive functions.

Kapha is responsible for our physical structure & stability, and the balance of fluids within the body.

Indian Head Massage (IHM) can encourage the doshas towards equilibrium, enabling the body to function more efficiently, promoting our health and wellbeing.
The word 'Chakra' is an ancient Sanskrit word which literally translates as 'wheel'. Chakras are often depicted as spinning wheels of energy, hovering around the body.

Chakras influence the physical body, affecting our emotions as well as our physical and mental well-being. 'Chakra balancing' forms an important part of the Indian Head Massage treatment.

There are numerous chakras spinning within the energetic body, Indian Head Massage aims to rebalance the seven major Chakras:

Root - Sacral - Solar Plexus - Heart - Throat - Third Eye - Crow

How Indian Head Massage Helps

Indian Head Massage focuses on both the physical & psychological, promoting health, beauty & wellbeing.

IHM can help to provide relief for both physical and emotional ailments such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Low mood
  • Poor concentration
  • Tinnitus
  • Neck & shoulder stiffness
  • Migraine / headaches
  • Insomnia & disturbed sleep
  • Eyestrain

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