Indian Head Massage and Reflexology
Louise Bliss is able to do both Indian Head Massage and Reflexology from Attend2Health on a Monday morning. Treatments typically last 45 minutes and cost £50. Please see the contra indications below before booking.
Indian head massage (IHM) is a traditional massage therapy that has its own unique techniques; it involves an application of massage to the shoulders, arms, neck, head and face. The treatment is performed with the client seated in a chair. Essential Oil blends are applied to the hair and if desired the upper back is also be massaged with the Essential Oil blend (of choice) the oils will be absorbed into your skin and enhance your Head Massage…this is completely optional, especially if you are wanting to go out after. But in general it is advised to try and relax after, and if possible to shower the following day to allow the essential oils and the massage to benefit the recipient.
The benefits of Indian head massage include that it helps release of toxins from tense and knotted muscles, and improves oxygen flow to the brain. It also reduces jaw ache, stimulates lymphatic drainage and aids sleep. By stimulating the release of endorphins IHM also aids in reducing stress and anxiety, and alleviating mental tiredness. The treatment is especially effective in relieving tightness around the neck and shoulders.
To ensure that you get the best of treatments you will have a consultation prior to the massage this is where we will discuss any ailments you may have or any worries you wish to talk through.
There is also time after the treatment to have a drink of water, & a chat to make sure you feel on top of the world! I will not rush either side of the treatment as it is important that you feel completely happy and relaxed!
I also have a list of Contraindications that I go through but before your session but I would ask that you just take five minutes to read through here.
I cannot treat a person whilst they have a migraine but very often a person will know when they have a migraine coming on and that’s when an Indian head massage can prevent a migraine attack. So either before or after a migraine would be an excellent relief to someone that suffers.
It is possible that you may need your doctors written permission for certain medical conditions prior to having the Indian head massage.
Children under the age of 16 should have consent from a parent or guardian prior to any appointment.
Consultation Information: to ensure you are not contraindicated to any treatment.
- Pre-treatment Advice: should be read prior to attending an appointment.
- Aftercare Advice: to be read following your appointment for best results.
- Local Contraindications: treatments cannot be performed over contraindicated areas.
- Medical Contraindications: please seek medical advice prior to booking. In circumstances where medical permission cannot be obtained, clients must give their informed consent in writing.
- Total Contraindications: prohibit a treatment from taking place.
- Skin Conditions (Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis)
Check any condition that is already being treated by a GP or another practitioner.
- Cardiovascular Conditions (Thrombosis, Phlebitis, Hypertension, Hypo-tension, Angina, Pacemakers)
- Medical Oedema
- Recent Operations
- Dysfunction of the Nervous System (Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Motor Neurone Disease)
- Trapped/Pinched nerve (e.g. sciatica)
- Inflamed Nerve
- Slipped Disc
- Acute Rheumatism
- High or Low Blood Pressure
- Contagious or infectious diseases, scalp infections
- Dysfunction of Nervous System (Meningitis, Inflammation of the Brain)
- Head lice
- Sycosis Barbae
- Undiagnosed lumps and bumps
- Cervical spondylitis
- Anaphylaxis Vertigo
- Adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder)
- Bells Palsy
- Migraine, Earache
- Recent Head or Neck Injury
- Severe Bruising in Treatment Area
- Recent Haemorrhage (especially Brain)
- Arthritis/Osteoporosis in Treatment Area
- Indian Head Massage is designed to promote stress reduction and relaxation. Avoid strenuous activities following your treatment.
- Please attend your appointment with clean hair.
- Indian Head Massage is suitable to have during normal pregnancy however deep tissue work is avoided and only light strokes are used.
After an Indian Head Massage appointment it is advisable to go home and relax. This ensures maximum benefit from the treatment.
- Drink plenty of water
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol
- Maintain a healthy diet
Following Indian Head Massage, you may experience a number of symptoms or side effects. These differ from person to person and are all positive signs of the body bringing itself back into balance. These may include:
- Needing to sleep or rest
- Feeling emotional
- Increased Urination
- Temporary Flu-Like Symptoms
Are there any further benefits to Indian Head Massage?
It Boosts Memory: In this modern lifestyle, we often find problems related to short-term memory. It is because our brains are overloaded with disorganized thoughts. It is very difficult for us capably log file and collect thoughts and occurrences that are in our mind. The scalp massage can be helpful as it circulates the blood to the brain which boost memory and can work more effectively.
It Relieves Insomnia: The people with overwork load often get side effects of stress. Indian head massage can be very beneficial as it can immediately relieve stress and promote relaxation attacking the physical symptoms and allowing a deeper sense of comfort and relaxation. Note: Overall there are benefits of Indian head massage but people with a heart condition, epilepsy, kidney problems, high blood pressure are generally asked to seek medical advice prior to treatment.
All massage therapy is completely safe and complementary, but it must not replace any medical treatment. Regular head massage can give the body and mind a great feeling of well being.
Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary health therapy that can be effective in promoting deep relaxation and wellbeing; by reducing stress in people’s lives can be key in optimising good health and building resilience. It is a touch therapy that is based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body and reflexologists work these points and areas.
However reflexology is viewed, there can be no doubt that what it does provide is a period of time for relaxation where the client has one to one attention and supportive touch in an empathetic listening environment. Reflexology can be used safely alongside standard healthcare to promote better health for their clients.
What’s the main theory behind reflexology?
The theory of reflexology is that all the systems and organs of the whole body are mirrored or reflected in smaller peripheral areas, for example the feet, hands, ears and face.
Back in the 1920’s investigative studies regarding this concept allowed the first Western reflexology foot map to be produced. Since that time the other anatomical areas have been mapped allowing this model to be applied to the hands, ears and face.
The reflexologist simply works those reflected areas with their sensitive fingers, aiming to bring those areas back to balance and therefore aiding the body to work as well as it can. Reflexology very much works on an individual basis, the reflexologist provides professional facilitation of your body’s own potential for well-being.
While there are few available scientific studies specifically into how reflexology works, there are scientific studies that support the potential positive effects that can be achieved by touch.
Will reflexology help me?
Well trained reflexologists do not claim to cure, diagnose or prescribe. Reflexology is a very individual treatment which is tailored to you as a whole person, taking into account both physical and non-physical factors that might be affecting your wellbeing. Some people find it works for them – some don’t. The best way to find out is to try it!
The theory is that reflexology helps the body to restore its balance naturally. Usually, after a treatment your tension may be reduced and you might feel relaxed. You might also notice yourself sleeping better and find your mood and sense of wellbeing improving. You may also find that other aspects improve too; however, this happens on an individual basis.
There have been some positive research projects carried out with reflexology; however, as yet, there is not a large enough body of evidence for us to make clinical claims of effectiveness.
With ever increasing levels of stress in everyday life, it is important for people to take more responsibility for their own healthcare needs. Reflexology may be one of the ways to mitigate the stresses of modern life.
A full medical history will be requested on your first treatment, and you will be asked to sign a consent form for treatment. This information will be kept confidential. Reflexology is a very easy therapy to receive; depending on the type of reflexology, the most clothing that will have to be removed for a treatment to take place will be your socks and shoes.
The therapist will then use their hands to apply pressure to the feet. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment, but generally the experience should be relaxing. The therapist may recommend a course of treatments.
How will I feel after a reflexology treatment?
It is useful to give feedback to the reflexologist as this may show the response of your body to treatment. This in turn might help the reflexologist to tailor a treatment plan specific to your needs. After one or two treatments your body may respond in a very noticeable way. Most people note a sense of well-being and relaxation; however, sometimes people report feeling lethargic, nauseous or tearful, but this is usually transitory and reflexologists believe that it is part of the healing process.
When you have any of these conditions, please do not book a reflexology session:
- Pregnancy in the 1stTrimester (up to 13 weeks’ duration)
- Contagious diseases, including any cold or flu, no matter how mild it may seem
- Under the influence of drugs or alcohol-including prescription pain medication
- Recent operations or acute injuries
- Neuritis (inflammation of a peripheral nerve or nerves, usually causing pain and loss of function)
- Skin diseases
Your therapist can treat but not over any areas affected by:
- Varicose veins
- Undiagnosed lumps or bumps
- Undiagnosed pain
- Inflammation, including arthritis
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, reflexology can only take place once it has been approved before your session in writing by your Physician.
- Cardio-vascular conditions (thrombosis, phlebitis, hypertension, heart conditions)
- Any condition already being treated by a medical practitioner
- Psoriasis or eczema
- High blood pressure
- Nervous or psychotic conditions
- Heart problems, angina, those with pacemakers
- Bell’s palsy, trapped or pinched nerves
- Gynecological infections