The Unique Qualities of Indian Head Massage

By Sarah Cohen, Indian Head Massage Course Leader

Another group of excited students have just gained their Indian Head Massage Certificate and are taking it out into the world – well done all of you!

I love teaching head massage – it has such a unique character all of its own. I am constantly searching for the essence of what makes it so different – as different it is. It comes from such a long line of teaching and healing being part of Ayurvedic understanding which dates back over 4000 years. It is an intrinsic part of life in Indian culture with children massaging their parents, mothers their babies, friends their friends and even stockbrokers seeking their heads to be massaged before deciding to sell/buy!

At the start of each course there is curiosity and hesitancy from students who often come from a holistic massage background and want to know ‘What is this?’ I try to explain but the understanding only comes – and it always comes – after hands on experience of a day or so – and excitement, smiles arrive. And still it can’t be easily vocalised.

My desire for the world is that touch/massage become part of our daily life for everyone. There will still be a need for specialised therapeutic massage – as there is in Ayurvedic medicine – but for everyone to be comfortable and happily touching others in our daily life would help our society to be so much more healthy. Head massage is so well suited to this as it can take place anywhere at anytime without clothes needing to be removed or special equipment needed. Despite its apparent ‘smallness’ as a therapy I am constantly amazed at how it can be so much more deeply relaxing and profound than any other discipline – and it is fabulous to watch that surprise in those receiving who expected something pleasant and relaxing and find it is on another plane.

The course itself is also a joy as although there is much to be learnt and homework to be done the whole essence of the therapy is that it is relaxed, laid back and so is the course within the context of learning. Charlotte Rooney, recent Indian Head Massage graduate (and BCMB Office Manager!) said “I have loved this course! It has added so much to my practice, and I particularly enjoyed learning about the Ayurvedic side of head massage including all the gorgeous hair oils.  I’d never thought if myself as an energy worker so it was intriguing to explore chakra work a bit more and realise how effective it can be even if it’s not your normal practice. It’s difficult to explain how it’s different from ‘normal’ head and face work or even seated massage but my clients certainly like it. Some of them now choose it in preference to holistic and in addition I see people who wouldn’t choose a table massage at all.”

If you want to join us in this exploration we have a course running at our Worcester centre starting 8th April and one in Bristol starting 2nd October – find out more including how to enroll.

2 Responses to The Unique Qualities of Indian Head Massage

  • Hello my name is Sarah winter and I have applied to attend the Indian head massage course, in Bristol in October, i am not sure as to wether I qualify for he course as I don’t have a APP qualification, although I have completed my level 1 & 2 in Reiki, and I am a qualified Baby Massage Instructor, having trained with the I.A.I.M (international association infant massage) I would very much appreciated it if you could let me know. Thankyou

    • Hi Sarah, thanks very much for your query and your application. You do need to have APP Level 3 in order to complete the course, and we recommend that if you are successful in your application then you take one of the e-learning online courses we recommend in the Indian Head Massage ‘Eligibility’ section. We have received your application and you’ll be able to further discuss the APP requirements with the lead tutor Sarah Cohen when she contacts you to arrange an interview. Best wishes, Charlotte (Office Manager)https://bristolmassage.co.uk/wp-admin/edit-comments.php?p=4932#comments-form

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