Before I go in depth about the benefits of Indian Head Massage I thought I’d explain a little bit about stress and the affects that it can have on our daily life.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, stress is ‘a pressure of load, weight, some adverse force or influence’, other definitions include ‘anxiety, burden, hassle, nervous tension, trauma’. Nowadays stress is not something that only business executives suffer from, it can come from many different sources and be equally debilitating in every case.
Stress causes many physiological changes within the body. The adrenal glands produce extra adrenaline when under stress. This raises the pulse rate and increases the heartbeat. This extra adrenaline enables us to perform physically at a higher level than normal due to the increased level of oxygenated blood. Our digestion stops as energy is diverted to muscles and fat and sugar are retrieved from the liver to provide extra energy and our pupils dilate, improving long distance vision, and we experience heightened arousal, increased muscle tone and sharpened perception.
Stress is part of our evolutionary heritage and for pre-historic man, a very positive feature, as stress increased his chances of making a kill whilst hunting, any remaining energy was then burned off in dragging the unfortunate prey back to the cave. Experiencing a feeling of euphoria following the kill, this would return the body back to its normal state of balance. This is often referred to as ‘Fight or Flight’.
For modern man, many people perform at their best under demanding conditions and this can encourage people to set and achieve personal goals, the problems arise when the body’s constantly under stress.
Unlike our predecessors, we don’t always have the opportunity to release stress, pressure and pent-up emotions and it’s this that can lead to serious health problems, with an estimated 75% of modern illnesses being stress-related.
Every Therapy at Hanlon, Hardy & Styles has been carefully selected with the aim to reduce stress aid relaxation and restore the flow of energy through the body.
Now for the benefits of a relaxing Indian Head Massage…
Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage, is a treatment based on traditional old Indian techniques. The Upper Back, Shoulders, Neck, Scalp and Face are worked on during the treatment using a variety of massage movements.
This is a versatile treatment that can be conducted with dry hands and the client fully clothed, sitting in a low-backed chair – a perfect complementary therapy which can be used as part of a company’s stress-management programme during the working day. Alternatively, oils can be used for a more luxurious salon therapy and can be left on as a hair treatment too!
Clients who come to the Harborne salon in Birmingham, have commented to therapists that the effects following the therapy have benefited the whole body – this is why it’s referred to as a Holistic Therapy., with the physical, psychological and subtle levels being worked on, a de-stressing programme for the whole body.
To break down the benefits into Physical, Psychological and Subtle, clients can experience any or all of the following:
- Improved Blood flow to the Head & Neck, this brings oxygen and nutrients to nourish the body’s cells and promote healing.
- Stimulates and increases Lymphatic drainage to the Head & Neck, resulting in waste materials being eliminated from the body more efficiently.
- Relief from muscular tension and improvement in muscle tone.
- Mobility of joints is improved.
- Relieves mental strain and aids concentration.
- Relieves sinusitis and congestion.
- Relieves tension from the scalp and increase blood supply to the area, in turn this can improve the condition of the hair and increase the rate of hair growth.
- Revitalises the whole body.
- Alleviates stress, anxiety and depression
- Assists the body to achieve a state of equilibrium – a balanced feeling of peace and harmony
- Clears the mind
- Re-balances the flow of energy through the body
- Stagnant energy is released.
During an Indian Head Massage the Higher Chakras are worked on, these are the Throat (Vishudda) Third Eye (Ajna) and Crown (Sahasrara). The stresses of modern life can impair the Chakras ability to synchronise with each other, and they may become unbalanced. Through working on the higher Chakras energy can be re-aligned and harmony restored.