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)

This book brings a wonderful combination of Giuliana’s professional expertise as a qualified therapist and personal experience as a mother of a son with Asperger’s syndrome (AS) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). Clearly written from the heart, it is essentially a manual providing content that is relevant, practical and inspirational for therapists, teachers and parents wishing to provide additional support to people with special needs. It was a joy to read Giuliana’s view of Indian Head Massage, which is at the essence of my own teaching, as a nurturing, caring, supportive therapy with the flexibility to be tailored to the very individual needs and preferences of each client.

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Book Content

The book is divided into four sections beginning with an introduction to the anatomy, physiology and neuropsychology relevant to Indian Head Massage. This detailed information provides the scientific foundation for Giuliana’s techniques and is written in an easy-to-follow format. The next section explores the complementary approach that is also fundamental to her work, including the chakra system, the meridians and pressure points. As she says, this is not ‘New Age’ stuff but ancient knowledge that is intended as complementary and not an alternative to conventional medicine.

Step-by-Step Techniques

The third section forms the core of the book. Here, Giuliana offers tried and tested massage techniques for the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, head and face. These step-by-step techniques are given a personal slant with photographs of Giuliana massaging her own son, Ollie. Of special interest are the descriptions of why and how these techniques can be helpful on physiological, emotional and mental levels. This adds depth to the book and will be helpful for therapists wishing to choose the most appropriate and beneficial techniques for the individual. Also of great value are Giuliana’s tips, supported by many years of experience, on creating the right environment and working with clients with special needs in different settings. The books includes a medical form and suggestions for use of essential oils.

Benefits of Adapted Indian Head Massage

The final section comprises detailed and heartwarming ‘real-life’ case studies with people of varying backgrounds and ages sharing the many physical, emotional and mental benefits of Giuliana’s adapted Indian Head Massage techniques. Benefits include helping to reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, calm sensory overload and improve sleep patterns.

Throughout the book, Giuliana adds her own personal touch that makes for easy reading and greater awareness of the tailored approach that works best for people with special needs. It is a book that offers much knowledge and insight, and provides valuable reading and reference points for every therapist. You can find out more about Giuliana’s work, training and workshops on her website: Therapies for Special Needs

About the Reviewer

Mary Atkinson, co-author of Once upon a touch…story massage for children (Singing Dragon, £11.99) is a highly respected tutor in Indian Head Massage and one of the founding members of the Indian Head Massage Community.  She is co-founder of the Story Massage project, a popular teaching programme sharing the combination of nurturing touch with storytelling for children and adults of all ages and abilities.

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