Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage focuses on stretching and relaxing facial, neck, cranial and shoulder muscles, easing the daily aches and pains caused by stress, whilst the mind gently drifts into a relaxed state. Not only does it promote strong, healthy and shiny hair, it also stimulates the body’s natural powers to heal itself.

Indian Head Massage has been practised for thousands of years by the women of India and Indian barbers. However, in England therapists offer a more westernised form of Indian Head Massage in order to concentrate the treatment on specific areas of stress; such as the neck, shoulders, upper back, upper arms, face and head. A longer treatment of 45 minutes also includes the hands and lower arms.

What to expect

You either lie down or sit in a chair; this is the patient’s choice. You remove your outer layer of clothing, such as jumpers/cardigans and then you are wrapped in a towel, so massage oils can be used without staining your clothes. Your therapist works on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face using a variety of movements (both relaxing and invigorating) to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation and restore joint mobility. All treatments can have a combination of pure essential oils added at no extra charge.

What can Indian Head Massage help treat?

When I went to see Chantal she straight away knew what I was suffering with and said ‘I can fix this’. Those words made my heart sing as the constant pain was getting unbearable

When I was expecting my second child, I was thinking about how my pregnancy and birth would go this time round, I was expecting it to be the same as the first. However, this pregnancy was totally different with feeling sicker to then getting horrible, crippling girdle pain during my second and third trimester. I had been seeing Chantal for my lower back pain before I got pregnant with my daughter in 2017 and she helped me stay strong and healthy throughout that pregnancy. This pain got so bad that I had to message Chantal during the Covid lockdown as I was barely able to walk, let alone play with my then 2-year-old daughter. I was struggling to put my trousers on as well as not sleeping due to not being able to get comfortable. When I went to see Chantal she straight away knew what I was suffering with and said ‘I can fix this’. Those words made my heart sing as the constant pain was getting unbearable. Even before the treatment started all Covid restrictions/ precautions had been taken and I felt very safe within her clinic. The treatment started and although it was painful the relief I felt straight away was amazing. She was able to make the pain reduce from 100% to 30% in 1 treatment. If I knew more about the signs to spot SPD then I would have got treated earlier as it was so easy for her to fix or potentially stop all together. After that first treatment, I was seeing Chantal every month to keep the SPD at bay before I gave birth. I had a home birth in the water, the most amazing experience and due to Chantal’s help, I recovered very quickly with not having any SPD pain after the birth of my son. 

After my son was born, we both went to see Chantal who treated my son as he was suffering with not able to turn his head properly to the left. After she had seen this, she was able to diagnose that he was predominately head down in my left hip which caused the SPD for me and caused him to struggle to turn his head. She also diagnosed that his cranium bone was slightly moved due to being in my hip. She was so gentle with my son, treating the issues with his neck while I breastfed. I cannot recommend Chantal highly enough through pregnancy and afterwards. She is kind, knowledgeable and also always confident of her diagnosis, which defiantly put my mind at ease when it came to my newborn son.

Emma Richardson