Feeling stressed out? Suffering from sleepless nights? Fed up with aching muscles? Why not book yourself in for an Indian head massage and see what a difference it makes.
The 1,000-year-old massage technique was developed in India as a way of keeping hair in good condition. But it also offers other benefits, including relieving stress and insomnia, relaxing muscles, easing headaches and boosting the immune system.
Last month in the blog post Haircare tips for luscious locks, I wrote that I was off to book an Indian head massage – and I meant it! So yesterday I set off to the reCentre in Balham for my appointment with therapist, Jessica Stone.
To begin with I filled in a health questionnaire and then Jessica asked me what I wanted from the treatment. I explained that I was hoping it would ease my neck pain and broken sleep – and benefit my quest to grow my hair, of course.
Usually Indian head massage is a treatment given while seated, however, for a more relaxing experience Jessica asked me to lie on a massage table. After a hard day’s work and being squashed up on a tube it was lovely to chill out. Jessica began by working on my back, and then moved on to my shoulders, where I could feel lots of knots.
The best part of the treatment was the actual head massage, where Jessica worked on different pressure points to release tension. By this time I was in a completely calm state and experienced a lovely sense of well being, which was a world away from how I was feeling a few hours before, when jammed against a businessman’s armpit on the underground.
Following the treatment I drank lots of water, as Indian head massage releases toxins from the body and it’s important to flush them out. When I glimpsed my reflection I was expecting my hair to resemble a bird’s nest, but it just looked healthy and full of body. Interestingly, my sinuses had been bunged up and I could feel them becoming clearer. Plus, the tension in my neck had eased up and I felt so relaxed that I actually had a good night’s sleep.
Indian head massage is definitely one of my favourite beauty treats and next on my list is a hot stone massage. I am planning on having one of those when I go on holiday to Morocco next month – so expect a full report!
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