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Trish Dent

Indian Head Massage

An Indian Head Massage is such a fantastic de-stresser.
This relaxing and invigorating half-hour treatment incorporates a massage of the shoulders and upper back, upper arms, neck, scalp and face.
You will receive this treatment seated in a comfortable chair. Unless previously requested, oils are not used for this treatment.
Trish offers half-hour head massage treatments.

We live in a fast paced society where everyday changes and unpredictability in our lives can create huge stress, triggering our “fight or flight” response often many times during a single day.
Stress often goes unnoticed but, unless dealt with, stresses will build up gradually in the body. The fight or flight response causes adrenaline to enter the bloodstream, making us hyper-alert, raising blood pressure and creating muscular tension. Breathing becomes shallow, hunger is suppressed and digestion stops. If this situation is prolonged, heart rate and blood pressure will remain high, cholesterol levels rise, the immune system becomes compromised along with poor quality of sleep. When prolonged, all manner of health conditions may arise, from backache, IBS, digestive problems, through to PMT, poor sleep, poor skin or hair condition.

Massage always played an important part of Indian life. It is featured in early Ayurvedic texts dating back 4,000 years. Used with aromatic oils and herbs, it was believed to have an important medical function, encouraging the body’s natural healing abilities. Today, infants in India receive regular massage and even youngsters and adults enjoy a head massage: women from other female family members; men at the hairdressers. Indeed, the word shampoo derives from the Hindi word “champi”, meaning head massage. 

Indian Head Massage as we know it was developed for the Western market by Narendra Mehta. Narendra trained as a physiotherapist in England in the 70s, then went on to train in body massage. He was disappointed to find that no-one in the West did head massage, yet his experience was that it was a valuable tool in relieving aches and pains in other parts of the body as well as easing headaches. In 1978, Narendra returned to India to research head massage, where he was introduced to a wide range of techniques from both men and women, from Calcutta to Bombay. From this and his knowledge of full body massage, Narendra developed what is now known as Indian head massage.