Therapies

INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE:

Featured in the earliest Ayurvedic texts dating back nearly 4000 years massage has always played an important part of Indian life. When used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils massage played an important part in strengthening muscles and firming skin and also encouraging the body’s natural healing. In India infants will often receive a daily massage from birth helping keep them in good health. Between the ages of 3 and 6 they are massaged once or twice a week and at the age of 6 are taught to share massage with their family. From this tradition comes Indian Head massage, developed by women using different oils according to the season it became part of their grooming routine to help keep their hair strong and in good condition.

Barbers also developed many of the same skills and when cutting men’s hair a head massage was offered. Differing to the massage experienced by women which was to promote lustrous hair barbers offered an invigorating scalp massage aiming to stimulate and refresh. These skills have been passed down from mother to daughter and barber to son evolving through the generations; it is still widely practice within the family and offered when visiting a barber’s shop. Similarities were being performed in hairdressers in the west before Indian Head Massage was introduced - shampoo comes from the Hindu word ‘Champi’ – being ‘Champi-ed’ means having your head massaged.

Stiffness in neck and shoulder muscles is often the result of stress and tension, loss of hair can also be caused by stress and the frequent use of computers can cause eye strain. The use of firm, rhythmic massage can help unblock these areas where uncomfortable tension has built up. Working on the emotional level massage has the effect of calming the spirit and aiding relaxation, physically tension in muscles is relieved, blood circulation improves helping disperse toxins from the body and the brain is oxygenated helping concentration.

The starts treatment with massage to the upper back and shoulders, followed by a neck massage moving up to a stimulating scalp massage and finishing with a soothing facial massage. Indian Head Massage is non-invasive, can be carried out sitting in a chair and if oils are not being used a tee shirt may be worn, treatments generally last approx. 45 minutes and cost £30.00.


Reflexology

Reflexology is a complementary therapy, has no unpleasant side effects and can be safely used alongside more conventional and alternative medicines.The origins of foot massage can be traced back to many parts of the ancient world – China, India, Japan and Egypt where pictures of hand and foot massage dating back 2000years BC have been found in the tomb of Ankhmahor – the physician’s tomb. In the early 1900’s Dr William Fitzgerald, who studied in Vienna, found pressure to hands and feet could induce relief of pain in corresponding zones in the body. He continued his experiments on his return to America. This heralded the start of the links between the Eastern & Western cultures.

Dr Joseph Shelby Riley was one the few at the time who did believe zone therapy worked, and he went on to make detailed maps of the reflexes on the feet. However, he did not continue with the work, it was Eunice Ingham, who was working in Dr Riley’s office the the early 1930’s, who became a pioneer of the treatment. Making a distinct separation between work on zones and reflex points developing what she called compression therapy, which she later renamed reflexology; her work formed a major part of the treatment as we know it today. Reflexology can be carried out on feet, hands or ears, with the organs of the body being reflected on the corresponding part of foot, hand or ear.

During a treatment each reflex point is worked on in turn by using finger or thumb to apply and release pressure. Gritty areas, often referred to as crystals, may indicate an area where the flow of energy is impeded in the corresponding area of the body, breaking down these deposits helps the energy flow. By stimulating the reflexes of the body reflexology encourages the body to rid itself of toxins promotes its own self healing, improving physical and emotional wellbeing, thus retuning to a natural state of equilibrium. Treatment starts with the feet being cleansed followed by a relaxing massage, treatment follows and is completed by a warm down massage. Reflexology is non-invasive; only shoes and socks need be removed when feet being treated; treatments generally last approx. 60mins and cost £35.00


Booking Information

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