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Can Indian Head Massage help to reduce Stress?

Indian head massage was traditionally practised by female members in Indian society. It was part of the grooming routine, oils were used to strengthen, condition & provide a luxurious texture.

To ensure that male members were not excluded, barbers began to include this service when customers came for a hair cut. This is known as ‘Champi’

The Hindi term for a head massage is ‘Champi-ed’ as this came to the western world the pronunciation changed to ‘Shampoo’.

Head massage should be used from birth. The sensation of touch creates a bond & provides comfort, security & a safe environment. Touch enables children to build good social skills & to gain confidence. Touch can also have an effect upon health. A person who has experienced a ‘loving touch’ may well be healthier than someone who has been deprived.

Enjoying an Indian Head massage from a therapist is a wonderful experience & is also relaxing for the therapist but you can benefit from a head massage from a friend or loved one. If you have ever had your hair shampooed by a hair dresser then you will know how good that feels. Simply do similar movements to create an head massage, okay it may not be the same as from a professional but it sure feels good.

If you have children, head massage can help to calm them, either if they are upset, emotional or you just want them to slow down in an evening. It can also help to relieve headaches in children without the need to administer pain relieving medication – not always but it is certainly worth a try. Refer to the neck stretches below & gently incorporate these into the massage, it is surprisingly relaxing when someone else is administering them.

The same techniques can be used on adults too but beware your services will be very popular!

In today’s society head massage can be invaluable to

  • Relieve stress & tension
  • Clear the mind
  • Relax tight shoulders & neck muscles
  • Relieve headaches & eye strain
  • Relax & promote restful sleep

Stress can affect us on two levels – Physical & Emotional.

Some of the signs of stress.

How many of them can you recognize in yourself?

Physical Stress

  • Tight feeling in the pit of your stomach
  • Rapid &/or shallow breathing
  • Loss of appetite
  • Ulcers
  • Hair loss
  • Diarrhoea
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Lank, dull hair
  • Perpetual tiredness even after sleep
  • Palpitations
  • Tension in muscles
  • Dilated pupils
  • Constipation
  • PMT/PMS
  • Impotence
  • Spots or poor skin
  • Irregular menstruation
  • Excess sweating

Emotional Stress

  • Low self esteem
  • Poor sleep pattern (often with nightmares)
  • Phobias
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Hypochondria
  • Feeling a need to escape
  • Panic attacks
  • Lack of concentration
  • Confusion
  • Feeling helpless
  • Insecurity
  • Forgetfulness
  • Frustration
  • Irritability
  • Lonliness

The more conditions we can identify with, the more stressed we are.

How can we help ourselves?

We can use essential oils ( See blog post How to combat Stress with Aromatherapy) or

A few simple non-strenuous exercises can make a difference

Neck Stretches

  • Slowly tilt the head from side to side
  • Slowly tilt the head forwards & backwards
  • Slowly take the right ear down to the right shoulder & hold for 5 seconds
  • Repeat wit the other ear to the left side
  • Do NOT raise shoulder to the ear
  • Repeart 3 times

Shoulder Lifts

  • Inhale deeply as you lift both shoulders as high as possible
  • Hold for a count of 3
  • Exhale whilst lowering shoulders quickly
  • Repeat 3 times

Arm Stretches

  • Inhale whilst stretching both arms out to the side
  • Shake the wrists & fingers for a count of 3
  • Exhale allowing both arms to drop to your side
  • Inhale whilst lifting both arms as high as comfortable
  • Hold for a count of 3
  • Exhale allowing both arms to drip to your side
  • Repeat 3 times

These exercises can reduce tension in the head, neck & upper body. When used regularly, mobility will improve & the effects last longer.

By reducing tension in our body, we are reducing stress & in turn reduce tension.

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