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Disclaimer:  Please note I am not a medical practitioner.  I am unable to diagnose medical conditions, nor am I able to offer medical advice. Complementary/holistic therapies, such as Massage and Reflexology, are not intended to replace medical advice nor medical treatment, nor do they claim to “cure”. If you have an issue of a medical nature that is giving you concern then please contact your G.P./doctor first and foremost.

Please note, under UK law no one may attend a mother unless he or she is a registered midwife or doctor until 10 days after the birth - therefore I prefer to wait until two weeks have passed to ensure no confusion arises.

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Indian Head Massage (Chair Massage)

Indian Head Massage (IHM) leaves you feeling revitalised as muscles are relieved of tension. You are seated as your head, scalp, neck, shoulders and upper back all receive a massage.  You can remain fully clothed.  It can help alleviate sinus issues and bring relief to sore and tired muscles found in the neck, shoulders, back and scalp and face.  It’s an ideal stress buster and very relaxing.

You will be given a thorough consultation beforehand including your medical history.  IHM can be given with or without oil. After your massage I will give you aftercare advice.

Indian Head Massage comes from a fusion of traditional Indian champi massage (the Indian word shampoo is derived from)  and hair grooming (usually with oils) in barber shops and in family homes across India.  It has its roots in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine system of India. The techniques were brought to the West by the migration of Indians who came to live here and also from “hippies” who went on spiritual journeys to India during the late 60s and 1970s.  


Narendra Mehta, an Indian osteopath who was in England on training, formalised Indian Head Massage in the 1980s. He noticed a lack of accessible head massage over here within alternative therapies and on his return to India did more research on the various traditions and techniques.  He developed the massage technique and incorporated the Ayurvedic knowledge on chakras which he called Indian Champissage. I was fortunate enough to have had an Indian Head Massage from him. Since then other practitioners have developed the therapy further such as renowned author and tutor Mary Atkinson.


Indian Head Massage can help:

The first session will include:

a) a consultation to take your medical history and lifestyle and,

b) the massage itself.

I will need to know about certain health conditions which may affect how I give massage to you and in particular any cautions or contraindications.  

How to book:

Please view my therapy menu and also my contact details to arrange an appointment here.

How long will your massage last?

An average session lasts a half hour. Your first Indian Head Massage treatment will require an extra 15 minutes for the consultation.  You will need to sign a consent form too.

How frequently do you need Indian Head Massage?

Ideally it is best to book a course of 3 consecutive sessions, weekly,  to really gain maximum benefit. Some clients feel a monthly maintenance session can really help thereafter.  The massage treatment will be adapted according to your needs and these will be discussed during the consultation.    

What should I wear?

It is up to you whether you wish to have a massage with oil (your top half undressed  and a towel will be given to you to protect your modesty).  It is also possible to have Indian Head Massage without oil (fully dressed - please wear comfortable and loose fitting clothes).



Different oils are believed to have different properties. Commonly used oils in Indian Head Massage are coconut (good for moisturising and traditionally used in the spring), sweet almond, sesame, jasmine, and mustard (very warming and believed to be good for tired muscles).  IHM can also be given without oil.


With Oil

Without Oil

Coconut oil and coconut water can be ordered from clicking on the image below: