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Training in Indian Head Massage

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is a seated massage therapy that involves specific massage techniques on the upper back and arms, shoulders, neck, scalp, face and ears. The client sits on a comfortable, upright chair and the therapist stands behind using a series of alternate soothing and invigorating movements. Each session lasts around 30-40 minutes although this can be shortened to 10-20 minutes if necessary. Continue reading »

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Heartfelt Letter from Japanese Charity

Here is a letter from Nobuko who has been trained by Cocoro Charity to offer comforting massage to the local people. She tells us why it is so important for the charity to continue its work in the tsumani devastated area of North East Japan. Continue reading »

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Indian Head Massage for Special Needs – Book Review

Indian Head Massage for Special Needs Easy-to-Learn Adaptable Techniques to Reduce Anxiety and Promote Well-Being by Giuliana Fenwick (Singing Dragon, £14.99) Continue reading »

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Five Star Review for Story Massage Book

Our hardback Story Massage book Once upon a Touch… Story Massage for Children (Singing Dragon, £11.99) has just been given a Five Star Review by Dr Pooky Knightsmith, a leading expert in mental health for children. You can get your Story Massage book from leading bookstores, libraries or Amazon. Continue reading »

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Gentle and Nurturing Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage using gentle techniques is becoming increasingly popular in clinical and palliative care settings. A caring and nurturing touch on the back, head and face can bring great comfort to frail and elderly clients. Indeed, many Indian Head Massage therapists are now adding more gentle techniques to their sessions with regular clients as a way of enhancing relaxation and stress-relief. These techniques can be learnt on as part of my FHT accredited Diploma in Indian Head Massage.  Continue reading »

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Mary Atkinson Wins FHT Excellence Award

When Mary Atkinson (centre below), FFHT and FHT Accredited course provider, received her 2015 FHT Excellence in Leadership Award she asked to be photographed with red felt hearts as a sign of respect and support for the victims of the Japanese tsunami in 2011. More about the awards ceremony organised by the FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists) here: FHT Excellence Awards. Continue reading »

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Update on Cocoro’s Work in Japan

Many of you will know about my involvement with Cocoro, a Japanese charity providing long-term aromatherapy and positive touch activities for the adults and children affected by the Japanese tsunami.  The charity was founded by Japanese aromatherapist, Takiko Ando (below), and continues to offer much-needed emotional support for the victims who are still trying to come to terms with the devastating effects of the disaster. More about Cocoro Charity here: Cocoro  Continue reading »

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Style and the Holistic Therapist

Middle-aged holistic therapist. Hmm. What image does that conjure up for you? Answers might range from ‘caring, salt of the earth type’ to ‘wacky, born-again hippie’. The reality is that most of us are hard-working (often self-employed) professionals trying to juggle far too many demands. And the result is that we often spend far too much time on others, and far too little on ourselves especially when it comes to appearance. And then when we get an invite to an event, we are gripped by panic – ‘but what will I wear?’ Continue reading »

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Today’s Holistic Therapist – Leanne Brown

One of the joys of Facebook is being able to connect with other therapists. And I was delighted to meet Leanne Brown through her Facebook page Leanne’s Indian Head Massage.  Leanne shows a real commitment to helping her own family and others through massage – and her story will inspire others to share massage with children with ADHD. Continue reading »

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Indian Head Massage in Palliative Care

Adapted Indian Head Massage is a popular therapy for patients, carers and bereaved in a palliative care setting. These techniques can be learnt on my FHT accredited Diploma in Indian Head Massage.  Continue reading »

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