What is Indian Head Massage?

The art of Indian Head Massage originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine.  This Sanskrit word can be translated as the “science of life” or “knowledge of life”.  The Ayurvedic approach to health is the balance of body, mind and spirit and the promotion of long life.

It is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body.   This form of massage is very relaxing and has a balancing effect on the recipient as it helps them to release stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well-being.  Because this form of massage is done over the clothing in a seated position it can be done anywhere and at any time, making easily available just about anywhere in a simple fold up chair.

Who Can Study Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is relatively new to Canada but is hugely popular in India and England.  It is quickly becoming popular around the world for its ability to help with some of the conditions we suffer from every day and for its OH SO relaxing techniques!

No prior experience in massage or bodywork is required.  If you are a holistic practitioner, spa owner/worker, registered massage therapist, aromatherapist, reflexologist, hair stylist or want to get started in holistic healing or massage then this is a wonderful modality for you to add to what you are already doing or to get you started on the path.

About the Course

The course includes two days of theoretical and practical instruction. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded at the end of the course.  What you will be learning is how to do a relaxing half hour Indian Head Massage treatment while your client is seated.  No prior experience in massage or bodywork is required.  The course tuition is $425.00 + HST, and includes the course manual and Certificate of Attendance.  The class is limited to 10 students.

There is a home study segment which you will be required to complete before the weekend course.  Materials to be looked over will be sent to you a week or two prior to class time.

Below is the course outline in more detail:

  • Introduction to Indian Head Massage
  • Advantages of and IHM Treatment
  • Possible Benefits of IHM
  • Contra-indications of IHM
  • Possible Reactions to and IHM Treatment
  • Anatomy – Head, Face, Upper body, Back, Shoulders and Hair
  • Hygiene
  • Chart of the Hand
  • Posture and Body Mechanics
  • Massage Techniques and Setting the Stage
  • Starting Techniques
  • Massage Techniques of the Shoulders, Upper Arms, Neck, Scalp, Face and Ears
  • Chakras, Chakra Balancing and Ending Procedure
  • Use of Hair Oils
  • Whiplash
  • Sinuses
  • Certifications Requirements

Full certification is available for those attending the 2 day course and may be obtained by completing extra work and doing a practical and written exam.  The cost for certification is $100.00 (plus HST). For more detailed information on certification requirements please click here.

Indian Head Massage is a wonderful “Relaxation” massage in this day and age of fast paced lifestyles.  It gives your clients a chance to relax and gear down, letting go of the days’ tensions and stresses.  Whether you use IHM as a treatment on its own or as an additional treatment to other modalities you practice, your clients will definitely appreciate its unique and relaxing results, leaving them more balanced and energized.

Please download the course registration form here

Click here for course dates, times and location.

For more information, please contact Laura by e-mail or by phone at 416-357-0060.

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*Course Deposit:

A non-refundable deposit of $200.00 is required upon registration, to reserve your space in the course.  Balance owing is due on the first morning of class.  If the course is cancelled for any reason by the instructor, a full refund will be given.  The course deposit is non-refundable but may be applied toward any future Indian Head Massage course offered.

buddhaThis course is certified by the Canadian Centre of Indian Head Massage.  

For more information about the Canadian Centre of Indian Head Massage go to: www.indianheadmassagecanada.com





*Cancellation Policy: Please note, if you cancel less than 24 hours prior to your course, payment for your course is due in full

*Refund Policy: Please note, no refunds are issued on any course


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