Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage Course

Distance Learning with Practical training day

You can self treat with Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage Full - £145

The day training takes place at Manor Hall

Practitioner courses involve distance learning plus;-
1 day practical, hands on for Indian Head Massage

Class size - minimum 2 - maximum 6

The course is open to both the experienced practitioner and those taking their first step into the world of Complementary Healthcare.
It involves distance learning, tutor marked assignments and a 1-day intense, but  fun workshop.


The manual is in 4 modules

  1. General matters of Law
  2. Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  3. The role of the Practitioner
  4. Indian Head Massage 

This is Complementary not Alternative healthcare and is not designed to be a substitute for conventional healthcare. Any person who is unwell should seek the advice of their G.P. and, any client coming for treatments, should be encouraged to advise their G.P. that they are taking this course of action.

Indian Head Massage is a wonderful aid to relaxation and revitalization. The head is one of the main energy centres of the body, and in the A & P Massage section you will have seen information on these energy centres. This will help you to understand many of the movements given in the
hands-on workshop section.
Whether you are doing this course in order to treat members of you family and friends, or to build up to a professional practice, the key to giving a good treatment is to ensure that the recipient is relaxed and comfortable. With practice you will soon learn how to effect this. The more you practice the more confident you will become. 
Indian Head Massage involve the massage of the shoulders, neck, head and face. 
I also include in the manual a sheet showing very basic relaxation, stress relief exercises. 

When teaching Indian Head Massage I do not use oils in the hair. If you choose to use oils then please do so with great care. Base oils are most commonly used but remember - Almond base oil is a nut oil – check for nut allergies. Lavender oil is the oil with least contraindications but, even though I do have a qualification in aromatherapy, I do not feel comfortable using any oils- so do not.
Please note – this training does not qualify you to use oils. Also, if the client is going back to work after the treatment, they will not want oily hair

Course Objective
The main aim of this course is to teach you the principles of Indian Head Massage in your own time with the distance learning element. The tutor marked assignment is to ensure thorough background is gained and the workshop element is to give you the time to practice these principles with others who are learning too. You will have the opportunity to practice the movements then combine them all to give a fellow student a complete treatment. We often find that we learn a great deal from each other with regard to Complementary healthcare, swapping experiences and giving feed-back as treatments are received.
The classes are very small so individual tutoring and feedback from the tutor is ensured.
You will see many references to additional reading material and informative web sites. I strongly recommend you study these along with your manual.

Indian Head Massage comes under the umbrella of Massage and Massage has always played an important part in Asian family life. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date back nearly 4000 years.  It has been practised for over a thousand years in India and Sri Lanka (where I experienced my first I.H.M. many years ago). The concept was originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season (coconut, sesame, almond, olive oil, herbal oils, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna) and individual needs to keep their long hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition.

In 1973 Narendra Mahta came from India to England in to train as a Physical Therapist, and he was amazed to find that head massage was not generally available.  He introduced his new therapy at the 1981 ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ exhibition at Olympia, England, where a total of 179 clients came to Narendra’s stand suffering from headaches and many other stress-related symptoms.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage
Immediate relaxation of the muscles; giving relief from pain and stiffness in the head, neck, shoulders and upper back
Increased mobility in the neck and shoulder area
Relief from tension in the muscles
Bringing about relief from headaches, eyestrain, nasal congestion
Improvement of joint movement
Relaxation of the whole person
Increase in oxygen intake into the tissues, including the brain
Improved blood circulation
Strengthened immune system
Stimulation and improvement of the circulation of the lymphatic system and lymphatic drainage
Improved concentration
Stimulation of the nerve endings, producing a feeling of exhilaration
Deeper, calmer breathing patterns
More restful sleep
Promotion of hair growth
Promotion of health skin

Recommended Reading
Indian Head Massage: Narendra Mehta: ISBN 978-0-7225-3940-8
Dr. Wu’s Head Massage: Dr. Bin Jiang Wu: ISBN 978-1-59439-057-9

Insurance for all my Practitioner courses is available through Balens Insurance provided all the course criteria is followed and a practitioner certificate attained.

Practical Workshop timetable
Warm-up exercises

Section 1 Shoulder & Neck Massage

Section 2 Head Massage

Section 3 Face & Ear Massage

The Gentle Touch Indian Head Massage Practitioner Diploma course is mindful of the National Occupational Standards for a number of Complementary Therapies as defined by Skill for Health, the Government endorsed organisation involved in Voluntary Self Regulation for Complementary Healthcare.
CNH1 and CNH2 -These National Occupational Standard were developed by Skills for Health.
This standard links with the following dimension within the NHS Knowledge and Skills Framework (October 2004). It is not a requirement to follow these standards but it is very good practice to read through and understand them.

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