Do you need to use oils for Indian Head Massage? Not necessarily. Many people prefer to have a massage through clothes. However using nutritious oil on the back, scalp and face can help enhance the benefits of massage and add to the holistic approach to treatment. The most popular oils used in Indian Head Massage are almond, coconut, mustard, sesame and sunflower.
These natural vegetable oils can help lubricate the massage and also bring their own health-giving properties to the treatment. Do choose high quality products. One of my favourite suppliers is absolute aromas.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage Oils
- Sweet Almond Oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids, vitamins and protein. It is often added to hair conditioners as it helps soften, moisturise and protect the hair. Not suitable for people with nut allergies.
- Coconut Oil is light and moisturising. Very popular in India for head massage and often used by holistic therapists in the UK.
- Mustard Oil is naturally warming so is useful for winter months and may help with muscular aches and pains. However, but it has a pungent aroma. May cause some irritation on sensitive skins.
- Sesame Oil is highly regarded in Ayurvedic Medicine. It is rich in vitamin E, iron and phosphorus with a strengthening, soothing and balancing effect.
- Sunflower Oil.Â The unrefined, organic oil contains high amounts of unsaturated fatty acids and vitamins. It is suitable for all skin types and tends to be used in hospices and hospitals as it is so gentle.
Learn Indian Head Massage
You can join one of my Indian Head Massage courses in Chichester or read my book on Indian Head Massage – The Art of Indian Head Massage.