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The Indian Head Massage is part of an ancient Ayurvedic healing system originated in India thousands of years ago.

Originally developed as a way to promote healthy hair growth in women, it has gone on to become a widely popular form of holistic therapy in the West.

And in an age when we’re constantly on the alert, ever bouncing from stimulus to stimulus, feeling overworked and overburdened, an Indian Head Massage can act as a wonderful anti-stressor.  

But as well as being a deeply satisfying way to relax and unwind, an Indian Head Massage may also promote general health and wellbeing. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the benefits of this powerful holistic treatment. 

Migraine relief 

Indian Head Massages focus on the upper back, shoulders, neck, and scalp, applying pressure to these areas in order to relieve tension. This physical release has often been associated with the relief of migraine symptoms.   

And although the exact causes migraines are unknown, it seems that the increased circulation of cerebral fluid encouraged by a head massage may help ease the symptoms. 

Helps with insomnia

As a by-product of the tension relief mentioned above, an Indian Head Massage can also promote feelings of deep relaxation.

Not only will it leave you with an increased sense of well being and calm, but it should also work to induce a more relaxed state of mind. This, in turn, may have a positive effect on your sleep cycle and overall sleep quality. 

Promotes hair growth  

Tried and true. This is the reason it all began.    

When the head and scalp are massaged, oxygen flow to the hair follicles is increased, which in turns helps to encourage hair growth. The contact of the fingers against the scalp also dilates the blood vessels, increasing their levels of absorption. 

In order for hair follicles to experience healthy growth, they need lots of nutrients and stimulation. These are both provided through an Indian Head Massage (which also includes oils and moisturisers).


Because an Indian Head Massage stimulates both the body and the mind, promoting cerebral fluid circulation and relaxing the muscles, it can be an extremely energising experience.

This combination of relaxation and stimulation provides an excellent way to reset, both emotionally and physically, and bring balance back to your whole body.

Sinus and respiratory clearing

The pressure points targeted by an Indian Head Massage may also help in clearing and draining blocked sinuses. As well as this, it’s thought that it can also be a beneficial treatment for cleansing the respiratory system.

Get your head screwed on

If all this talk of Indian Head Massages has got your scalp tingling, why not head over to the Jala Therapies website. They offer a wide range of massages and holistic treatments, including, you guessed it, Indian Head Massages!