Indian Head Massage

What is it?

Indian Head Massage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy, practised in India for over a thousand years – originally by women who found it also keeps hair thick, healthy and in beautiful condition. The techniques I use & teach are based on those used for generation upon generation in India, with some additions from other sources, to enable the areas most vulnerable to stress to be eased.

The treatment itself is both relaxing and invigorating – Massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face – stretching out tense muscles, stimulating lymphatic drainage and boosting the immune system. Focusing on the areas where tension and stress accumulates, it can ease these away, allowing blood vessels to carry the right quantity of blood to the whole of the head area, reducing headaches, eye strain, improving concentration and restoring neck mobility. After a treatment you will feel less hurried and more relaxed.

How Does it Work?

There are three dimensions to this treatment – physical, mental and spiritual: by working on the physical body muscular tension can be eased, circulation improved and stored toxins like lactic acid flushed away allowing physical relaxation. Mentally, stress and tension affect our ability to ‘think straight’ and function efficiently. IHM tackles the spots stress & tension are most commonly held in the shoulders, neck & head.

The last part of the massage brings spiritual healing through the Aura – the invisible energy-field or layer round our bodies By gently massaging the aura you can begin to revitalize it and so also the person contained within it.

Done regularly it has been known to stimulate hair growth and conditon, prevent buildup of tension and headaches.


Indian Head Massage requires no undressing and we do not use oils – it is done, very successfully, through clothes as you sit on a chair or stool. You will be asked to sit comfortably upright with yours eyes closed as we work first on your upper back and shoulders and your neck, giving extra attention to those very tense areas. We then move on to your neck and head – working on the scalp with some vigour to release tension and improve circulation. Your face will benefit next, and finally healing completes the treatment.


  • Better blood circulation, providing more oxygen and removing toxins
  • Relief of eyestrain and tension headaches
  • Improvement in concentration
  • Chronic neck and shoulder stiffness eased
  • Improved movement in neck & shoulders
  • Better hair condition and even growth
  • Relief of mental tiredness and stress
  • Better sleep patterns
  • A feeling of lightness and well-being


Julie A. C. Quick MAR
Paula Cave-Ayland BA MIFA BMLDA

If you’d like to learn how to do Indian-style Head Massage why not come along to a one-day workshop with Julie?

This is a very practical course for friends and family. You will work in pairs, with lots of opportunity to ask questions and discuss what you are doing and find out more about how to get/stay fit and well using holistic approaches to health and complementary therapies, where appropriate. Students already qualified in Massage, Anatomy and Physiology will be able to add this to their skills portfolio

Enrol with a friend, then you will both be able to give and receive this wonderful massage after the course, rather than always finding that you are giving it to other people.

Your Tutor, Julie Quick, is fully qualified in Massage, Reflexology, Spineworks, and Reiki; She recently gained a Diploma in Immuno-Lymphatic Therapy with Distinction and is a very experienced tutor having taught Indian Head Massage, and other complementary therapies in Adult Education locally for several years. As Founder of Heathside Centre for Health & Healing, she will be delighted to welcome you to the Centre in Hillcrest Road – an oasis of peace and tranquillity

(or she can come to you if you have a group of people who would like to learn together in your home!)

Small groups ensure quality, communication and practise.

Cost: £60.00 Pairs £90.00 Repeat fee only £25.00 for those who’ve previously done the workshop with Julie & have got a bit rusty!)