Indian Head Massage takes its roots from the ancient healing practice of Ayurveda, the oldest surviving complete medical system in the world. The origins of Ayurveda date back to India nearly 5,000 years ago where Ayurvedic wisdom was recorded in Sanskrit.
The practice of Indian Head Massage uses this wisdom to activate marma points in the body to provide healing on physical, mental and emotional levels. Marma points are like mini-chakras and are known as the vital, secret energy points in the body.
Glynnis Osher, a certified Indian Head Massage and Ayurvedic practitioner, says a major portion of the 107 marma points found in the body reside in the neck, face and head. The most profound of them being the crown marma point because of it’s connection to the crown chakra, also known as the Thousand Petal Lotus Chakra.
“When we work with these points we’re opening up these petals, activating a higher consciousness to receive a cosmic level of healing. It’s a catalyst to activating our own body’s powerful healing intelligence,” Glynnis said.
In her 16 years of experience as an Ayurvedic practitioner, Glynnis said the majority of her clients seek treatments for the emotional body – depression, fear, a confused mind, as well as the physical body – particularly stiffness in the neck and shoulders.
“With the kind of [desk] work we do now, we’re all collapsing our bodies inward on a daily basis. Indian Head Massage helps to open us up again, unblock the higher chakras and release muscle tension in the neck and shoulders.”
Indian Head Massage can also help with anxiety, negative thinking, difficult to deal with emotions, physical pain, arthritis, congestion in the muscles, chronic headaches and migraines.
“When we’re giving Indian head massage, we are technically addressing the higher chakras,
starting at the heart chakra, going to the throat chakra, the third eye chakra and then the crown chakra. Yet at the same time, an Indian head massage is like a massage of the entire body; these energy points effect every energy centre in the body,” Glynnis said.
Another integral part of the experience is the Ayurvedic oils. These are infused with therapeutic wild-crafted herbs that nourish the skin and penetrate the deeper tissue layers, stimulating circulation in the head and nourishing the hair follicles. If the benefits weren’t plentiful already, the oils encourage hair growth and reduce hair loss, an added bonus of the practice!
The oils used at the Indian Head Massage weekend course are traditional Ayurvedic cold-infused oils made at a woman’s fair trade collective in Nepal.
“The botanical property of the essential oils and the herbs works on one level, while the rhythmic flow of the massage with all the various techniques work on another,” Glynnis said.
By simultaneously offering massage touch and aromatic plant medicine, Indian Head Massage creates a harmonious healing experience.