Indian Head Massage (IHM) is a therapeutic treatment that is part of daily life in India. Parents, for example, regularly massage the heads and shoulders of their babies and children. IHM is based on Ayurvedic healing principles – stimulating the flow of subtle energy around the body – and has probably been practiced in India for more than 1,000 years.
IHM was brought to the UK by Narendra Mehta who became blind at the age of one and for whom touch, therefore, had an added significance – as he said: “Once you are seated in my chair, my fingers do all the seeing I require”. It was due to his dedication and enthusiasm that IHM has become the popular therapy in the UK it is today.
IHM can help to: alleviate tension and stress (particularly where stress manifests so often, in the neck and shoulders) and bring a sense of release and relaxation for those feeling mentally tired. By stimulating the lymphatic system, improving circulation and increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain, it can improve brain function, concentration and responsiveness.
Since it is a non-intrusive massage (on head, neck, shoulders and arms – and able to be delivered to people who are fully clothed), I think it is especially welcomed by older adults, those with a learning disability or suffering from chronic illness because it brings them into physical contact with another person and the warmth that comes from being touched.
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