Indian head massage has roots in the Ayurvedic system. The Ayurvedic system, which originates in India, is an alternate approach to medicine which emphasizes natural remedies. It also involves view of the body including several chakras – something which is often drawn upon for meditation practices. While the spiritual element of the massage practice at times isn’t present in Western application, the physical benefits are numerous. In fact, benefits are often geared towards relaxation and stress relief.
To perform the Indian head massage, the massage therapist works their hands into the shoulders at first, working their way up the recipient’s upper body, before reaching the head and scalp. Depending on the massage therapist, you can also expect the use of oils and aromatherapy through scented candles and incense. This heightens the relaxation response.
Like any form of massage, people use Indian head massage to alleviate stress. This is done by reducing cortisol in the body. This type of massage can trigger the ASMR response, sending chills throughout the body and promoting feelings of calm. As such, Indian head massage can prove effective in reducing pain and even alleviating tension in the head, including nasal congestion and headaches.
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