It is advisable to choose an Indian head massage practitioner who is a member of, or is accredited by, an association or professional body. This ensures your massage
is carried out in a suitable environment and by someone who has received formal training and ongoing development. Members are also bound to a code of ethics and practice. The main Indian head massage organisations are listed at the foot of this article.
Do not drink alcohol on the day of your appointment but do drink plenty of water. Have a light snack (nothing spicy or fatty) a couple of hours before you see the practitioner. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and allow plenty of time to get to your appointment; hurrying will affect your physical and mental well-being and be detrimental to the effects of the massage
Before your appointment, spend time thinking about your condition and what you expect to achieve with Indian head massage - you may want to reduce muscle tension, gain a sense of calmness in your life or stimulate energy. Make some notes about your expectations as this will aid your therapist. What to expect
Your Indian head massage will take place in a warm and relaxing environment. Your therapist will spend time during your first appointment questioning you about your medical history, general health, lifestyle and sleep patterns. They will also ask if you are taking any medications as this can affect any oils that they may use.
You'll be sat upright in a chair for your Indian head massage and your practitioner will use a variety of movements across your head, face, neck, shoulders and arms. Some will involve compression and kneading techniques that will feel unusual but shouldn't hurt. If your practitioner recommends acupressure or shiatsu to enhance your treatment they will discuss this with you beforehand.
After your session you may feel invigorated or slightly dizzy, you may also feel the need to urinate. Indian head massage releases toxins in the body that need to be flushed out so drink plenty of water after your session. Your therapist will discuss the treatment with you and then make recommendations for any further sessions.