The benefits of Indian head massage
The physiological effects in the Indian Head Massage helps to re-educate the body to rest and to relax, it improves the concentration, increases energy levels, passes on the feeling of well being, the barriers tend to break down and emotions may be released. The signs are mostly seen in the skin whereas the physiological status may be reflected by muscular tightness in the epidermis and dermis.
The physiological effects include lower blood pressure and heart rate, releases lactic acid from the body, increases the blood flow to tissues and the lymph flow, stimulates the digestive system, urinary system and the small muscle fibres. The other effects include relaxation, improved sleep patterns particularly if the client is suffering with insomnia, stress relief – which is one of the reasons why Indian Head Massage has become a popular treatment in the workplace, stimulation of the mind which can make the client feel more often, relief of tension to headaches and eye strain and chakra balancing.
The family belief of massage in Indian goes back to the start of Hinduism and is still part of this year’s culture. Indian’s believe that massage preserves body energy and saves the organism from decay. They see it as the most powerful relaxation technique and also the most rejuvenating. Giving birth to a new born baby is the most memorial gift for Indians in India. They massage them everyday from birth until they are three years old as this is said to promote bonding with the child. After the age of three years old they massage them once or twice a week up until they are six and then they are taught to share the massage around in the family and other members outside of the family. The most expensive oils are used by rich women such as herbal oils with sandalwood and henna. They may also add ingredients that promote hair growth and treat conditions like dandruff.
Effects on the Skeletal System
The skeletal system is the structure and framework on which other body systems depend for support and protection and is therefore the physical foundation of the body. The main functions of the skeletal are to provide a means of protection, support and attachment for the muscles. It is very important to a therapist as it provides landmarks for locating muscles. Indian Head Massage can help to make the parts of the skeletal system such as the shoulders and the neck more mobile by reducing restrictions in the joints, muscles and their fascia.
Effects on the Muscular System
The muscular system covers the bones on the outside and connective system which attaches muscles to the bones of the skeleton. It helps to give the body its contoured shape. It has three main functions which are to movements, maintenance of posture and the production of heat. A muscular tension is often a sign of emotional as well as physical stress. Indian Head Massage can help to relieve pain from tight, sore muscles as well as to relieve muscular fatigue, by increasing the blood flow which increases the amount of oxygen and nutrition into the muscles and encourages elimination of waste, absorbing the products of fatigue.
Effects on the Circulatory System
Indian Head Massage can help to enhance the circulation of blood and increases cell nutrition and elimination of the cellular waste to and from the head and neck. The improved circulation to the head helps to refresh the brain, helping it to relieve stress, tension and fatigue.
Effects on the Cardiovascular System
The cardiovascular system is a heart which has a large muscular organ that pumps blood through the vessels. The position in the body is between the lungs in the thoracic cavity. Heat treatments can cause dizziness and fainting as the blood is diverted to the skin to help it reduce the rising body temperature. Therefore the blood pressure falls resulting in a reduced blood flow to the head and brain. Similarly this can happen when the client stands up too quickly after lying down for a treatment. Erythaema is a reddening of the skin which is caused by dilation of the blood vessels. It can result from physically increasing the blood flow for example through massage or because the body is hot or affected by injury or infection.
The Nervous System
The nervous systems comprises the brain, spinal cord and nerves which together form a communication network to co-ordinate the various actions of the body. It contains billions of interconnecting neurones, which are designed to transmit nerve impulses. It helps to receive stimuli from sensory organs by heat, cold, pain, taste, smell, sight and hearing. It is important for the therapist to have a basic knowledge of the nervous system to understand its effects – inducing relaxation and minimising pain. Client experience the effects of massage on their muscular tension via the sensory nerves used in Indian Head.
The massage helps the clients to become aware of specific areas of tension and can thereby initiate relaxation and reduce the unconscious motor message (of tension) to the muscles. It is activated at times of anger, fright, anxiety or any type of emotional upset whether real or imagined. It helps to decrease the effects of the nervous system whilst stimulating parasympathetic activity to promote relaxation and reduce stress hormones such as cortisol by activating the relaxation process. Indian Head Massage is also thought to increase serotonin levels which can help to decrease stress levels of depression.