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What is Indian Head Massage? Indian Head Massage is a therapy whereby the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face are massaged. It is an holistic therapy aimed at both physical and psychological levels. Benefits include ease of tense and knotted muscles in back, shoulder and neck area and improvement in circulation. It may also help alleviate headaches, sinus problems, ear problems, insomnia and anxiety/stress. It provides the patient an opportunity to unwind and relax. It is a versatile therapy as all that is required is a chair and clients do not need to undress so it is particularly suitable for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
How does it work? The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders
What does it involve? The patient, fully clothed, sits in a massage chair for the treatment. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face. The session will usually last from twenty to forty-five minutes, and most therapists like their patient to rest quietly for ten or twenty minutes once the massage has been completed.
What is it good for? Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energised and revitalised and better able to concentrate.
What are the benefits? Indian head massage helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
Martina McGorry carries out the treatment for the Cookstown Multiple Sclerosis Group. She can be contacted through the group.
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