Celebrating the New Indian Head Massage Community

Our exciting new Indian Head Massage Community (IHMC) was launched with an inspiring and well attended CPD Day at Purple Turtle Academy in Brighton on 18th November 2018. Feedback was very positive about the organisation, content and supportive atmosphere during the day – and everyone left happily with new information, skills and contacts. As one attendee wrote: “brilliant launch day with wonderful info, support and fun – here’s to the future.”  

Indian Head Massage as an Ancient Practice

We were delighted to welcome Kush Kumar, pioneer and leading authority on Indian Head Massage, as a guest speaker. Kush is picture below with Amy Taylor, Mary Atkinson and Sue Adlam, founders of IHMC. The day began with Kush sharing his personal experiences of different practices and techniques applied by the elders and younger generations in India. “Indian Head Massage has been a passion since childhood,” he says, “I am always interested in new takes on the ancient practice so it is my pleasure to support the new Indian Head Massage community CPD day.” Kush, who is author of Authentic Indian Head Massage: Malish shared some valuable insights into self-care for therapists and mindful practice.

Using Fixed Oils in Indian Head Massage

Next, Sue Adlam, Indian Head Massage therapist with extensive experience of working with oils gave a fascinating talk on choosing fixed oils for use with clients. We were invited to feel and smell a selection of the most popular fixed oils (11 in total) suitable for Indian Head Massage while Sue described their physical and therapeutic properties, plus any cautions. Sue’s expert knowledge was supported by a handout which we all agreed was a really informative and useful document for future reference.

Mary’s Top Ten Techniques

Mary Atkinson, Indian Head Massage therapist, tutor and author of The Art of Indian Head Massage, followed Sue’s session with a demonstration of her top ten techniques as voted for by students and clients. Attendees didn’t need much persuasion to share these techniques with each other. The room soon became very quiet as therapists relaxed and gained some of the benefits enjoyed by their clients.  There was general consensus about the value of continually learning, adapting and refreshing techniques to maintain high standards.

Making your Business Successful

Amy Taylor, Indian Head Massage therapist, tutor and owner of Purple Turtle Academy and Purple Turtle Well-Being talked to a rapt audience about business and marketing skills for therapists. Business is not a topic that therapists tend to focus on – but Amy’s enthusiasm won us all over! We were invited to focus on our own businesses as Amy guided us through a SWOT analysis to develop strengths and overcome obstacles. Amy was generous in sharing valuable tips and ideas that have made her own holistic centres so successful.

Looking Forward to the Future

The day ended with a Q & A session with the expert panel. Among the topics discussed were choice of chair or couch for Indian Head Massage and contraindications when working with clients in palliative care. There was also a chance to share business cards and information. And everyone agreed that it has been a very successful day in a welcoming venue. So here’s to the future of the Indian Head Massage Community.

About the Indian Head Massage Community

The Indian Head Massage Community was set up by Mary Atkinson, Amy Taylor and Sue Adlam in June 2017 with the aim of sharing information and offering support to therapists. Both Mary and Amy are highly qualified tutors and Sue is a practitioner taught by Mary. They are working on a voluntary basis to promote the many benefits of Indian Head Massage as a holistic therapy. It is an inclusive community of people who may be qualified or wish to become qualified.

The group has a popular closed Facebook Group with nearly 600 members and a website with a regular blog featuring updates, news, discussion points and interviews with tutors, practitioners and authors. We hope you will join us – you can find out more here: Indian Head Massage Community.

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