For 5,000 years, head massage has been a part of India’s rich culture. It’s held a special place both in the “kitchen table wisdom” of local Hindu mothers and in the medical bag of ayurvedic physicians.
Now making its way to the West, this seemingly simple health technique is finding new “disciples” eager to use it in their fight against modern-day problems.
From Whence it Came
Also known as shiroabhyanga, Indian head massage is one of at least 40 different types of massage that, along with a host of other diagnostic tools, are utilized by ayurvedic practitioners to address symptoms and conditions of ill health.
According to Amarjeet Bhamra, president of the Institute of Indian Head Massage, ayurveda — which translates as “knowledge of life” — is based on prevention, working with the individual’s particular problem before it “settles in the body.” Indian head massage is utilized in a similar…
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