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.

Mary Atkinson Meg Indian Head Massage

Massage can be enjoyed with or without oils, whilst the client is fully or partially clothed. If oils are used on the skin, then upper clothing is removed and a large towel offered for modesty. It is a relaxing therapy that requires very little equipment and can be adapted to suit all ages and situations.

Why train in Indian Head Massage?

Adaptable and versatile, Indian Head Massage makes an excellent additional therapy to any practice. It is suitable for on-site corporate work, and the public to receive at health fairs and similar events. It is an ideal therapy to introduce clients to the benefits of complementary therapy. There are a variety of different Indian Head Massage courses around the country but it is important to check that the course is:

  • Fully accredited so that you can gain insurance to practice.
  • Lasts three days with additional support if necessary.  Three days are necessary in order for you to gain confidence and really enjoy giving the therapy.
  • Requires case studies in order to gain a qualification.

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Training in Indian Head Massage with Mary Atkinson

Mary Atkinson author of The Art of Indian Head Massage is an experienced and professional tutor with her own training school.  She is a founding member of the Indian Head Massage Community. Mary runs an FHT accredited Diploma in Indian Head Massage which is highly respected in the therapy industry.

Is Indian Head Massage suitable for everyone?

Most people can enjoy Indian Head Massage – from the young to older clients. However, a qualified therapist would always carry out an individual consultation to ensure that the therapy is safe and beneficial for each client.


What are the benefits of Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is a simple and effective therapy – a joy to give and receive.  The physical and psychological benefits are personal to each client, but it has become a popular therapy for easing muscle tension, promoting relaxation and bringing an overall sense of well-being in today’s stressful society. Indian Head Massage can provide vital ‘nurturing touch’ so often missing from many people’s lives. It can also be beneficial for people who may not feel comfortable removing clothing and people who would find it uncomfortable to lay down to receive massage.Oils can also be used to enhance benefits and help moisturise and nourish the skin and hair.  The traditional massage oils used are: sweet almond, coconut, olive, mustard, sunflower and sesame.

Shoulder sweeping

What is the history of Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage has a long and colourful history. It has been an integral part of the Ayurvedic medical system in India for over 3,000 years. Babies in India are traditionally massaged by their mothers from birth to aid healthy growth and development.  As young children, they are given regular head massages and the practice continues into adulthood. Women incorporate head massage into their beauty routines, using Ayurvedic oils according to the season, to keep their hair strong, lustrous and healthy. Men tend to receive head massage at the barbers as a complement to their main services.

Mary Atkinson India

Introduced to the West in the 1970s by Narendra Mehta, Indian Head Massage has been adapted to suit the needs of modern European society, whilst maintaining some of the traditional techniques.  Indian Head Massage is now enjoyed in clinics and salons, taken into the workplace, and adapted for use in hospitals, hospices and care homes.




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  1. Sarah Gavin
    Posted November 24, 2016 at 10:13 am | Permalink

    I’d like to know if you have any plans to teach in Scotland. I’d be interested. I live in the West Lothian area Thanks

    • maryatkinson
      Posted December 13, 2016 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

      Dear Sarah,
      My course in Bathgate is no longer running, but thank you for your interest.

      Do hope you find somewhere suitable to train.