Indian head massage method techniques steps

Indian head massage originated in India over 1000 years ago and began as a way of keeping the hair in good condition. This form of massage works on the neck, scalp, ears and face.

Traditional Indian Head Massage is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (the science of life and longevity in Sanskrit). The Ayurvedic approach to health is holistic, balancing the body, mind and spirit and promoting long life. Indian Head Massage, as its name suggests, was originally designed for use on the head, but has been extended to include the shoulders, upper arms and neck. As such it has become popular as a stress management technique.

The areas are massaged using firm yet gentle, rhythmic movements that involve acupressure points called Marma points.

The Indian Head Massage technique addresses the back, neck, scalp and face using a variety of massage pressures and techniques and is one of the most relaxing types of massages you will ever experience.  A typical feel good treatment normally lasts 45 minutes.

Ideal for any neck or shoulder tension, the massage starts on the back and neck working deeply over the muscles and pressure points that help the muscles to relax.

Moving on to the scalp, massage techniques are used which relax, stimulate and revive this area.  The whole scalp is covered to encourage circulation, oxygen and nutrients to the area.  The effect of this is to help stimulate hair growth and revitalize the brain.

Indian head massage advantage

Indian head massage benefits

  • Relieve eyestrain
  • Relieve insomnia
  • Ease headaches and migraine
  • Relax muscles
  • Relax and tones facial muscles
  • Stimulate the hair and scalp
  • Help localized blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Boost the immune system
  • Restore joint movement
  • Relieve sinusitis
  • Reduce stress
  • Release anxiety

Indian head massage convenience

Indian Head Massage is a convenient form of treatment because

  • There is no need to completely undress
  • It is quick and effective in terms of results
  • It is “portable” so can be accessed anywhere, in the workplace, at home, in the street, in a salon
  • It is flexible, can be done in 5 minutes to 60 minutes
  • It requires less resource, can be done with hands or head massager
  • It binds relationship when done among couples
  • It has no side effect and give results quickly
  • No expert knowledge required; simple hand movement works

How to do Indian head massage

It’s always fun and easy to do an Indian Head Massage. Initially, an individual would only need a chair, massage oil, and a volunteer. In preparation for the same, it would be a great choice to choose a quiet place, without any distractions or with the least distractions. An atmosphere of relaxation can likewise be attained by playing soft music or even lighting some candles. The Indian Head Massage will focus particularly on the shoulders, the neck, the forehead, and the scalp.


On the shoulders, the volunteer shall take a seat in a relaxed and comfortable manner. The other person shall stand behind the volunteer with hands on the latter’s shoulders.

It can be done in sleeping position also as shown in the image.

Indian head massage shoulder massage

The next step is performed by gently and slowly squeezing the trapezius muscle. It is best to start at the neck while working towards the shoulder. This shall be done 3 to 4 times while increasing the pressure in every pass.

With thumbs extended, slowly bring hands back up before the neck while forming the thumb in circles on both sides of the backbone underneath the collar line.

Repeat the same process 3 to 4 times while increasing the pressure every pass.

Lastly, the wrists shall move outwards toward the shoulder while rotating in motion. Upon reaching the shoulder, move the forearms at the centre and repeat as desired while gradually decreasing the pressure every pass.


For the neck massage, the same is done by stepping on one side of the volunteer while placing the back hand on the base of the volunteer’s neck and the front hand on the forehead.

The neck massage can be done – making volunteer lie on stomach as shown in the image.

Indian head massage neck massage

The same is done with very minimal pressure. While supporting the head from the back, the thumb is gently spread from the fingers while gliding up the neck while avoiding too much pressure directly exerted on the part of the vertebrae.

Subsequently, when the back hand reaches the hairline, the head shall slowly be tilted without strain. The head is lifted back gently to its vertical position and continues backwards within its own range of motion. The process is repeated 3 times.


For the scalp massage, the same is done by spreading the fingers on both sides of the volunteer’s head while fingers point up. While applying light pressure, the hands are slowly moved up in motion.

The same is performed while the heel of the hands is in contact with the scalp together with the fingers.

Indian head massage scalp massage

Upon reaching the top of the head, the fingers are slowly moved down in a gentle traction to different parts of the head.


Finally, for the forehead massage, the same is done by slowly rubbing the fingers through the volunteer’s hair from the top of the forehead down. While allowing the final strokes to draw back at the volunteer’s head, the fingers are slowly placed over the latter’s forehead.

Indian head massage forehead massage

Lastly, upon reaching the centre, the fingers are gently moved down and along the brow line going to each temple.

Hair roots massage

A properly done root massage can increase blood circulation to the hair follicles, increase relaxation, decrease stress, condition the scalp, and boost the strength of the hair roots. The kneading pressure applied by massage warms the skin and opens up blood vessels to increase flow and boost circulation. Oiling at the roots help in movement of finger tips through the hair follicles. The flow of oils inside the follicle areas with gentle massage enhances hair growth, curing baldness.

Indian head massage hair roots massage

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