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I’m looking to try out Indian head massage. Could you tell me how it works and whether it’s safe to try it out during my pregnancy?


Posted: 19 May 2008
by Helen Savill


I’m looking to try out alternative relaxation therapies and Indian head massage has captured my imagination. Could you tell me how it works and whether it’s safe to try it out during my pregnancy? Laura, Portsmouth


Helen Savill
Director of holistic reproductive clinic Oeuf Therapy Rooms.


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Helen says…
Indian Head Massage is an ancient form of massage that focuses on the head, neck, shoulders, upper arms, upper back and face. It can be really great in pregnancy because, in contrast to a regular massage, this is a seated treatment, so there's a good chance you'll be able to get comfortable. It works by releasing stiffness and muscle tension in the upper body. This is particularly useful for aches and pains in the third trimester when your upper back rebalances to compensate for your growing bump. It's also safe in early pregnancy, and can relieve common first trimester ailments like headaches, migraines and insomnia.

The face and head massage is particularly effective for these problems. The treatment can be relaxing or stimulating, depending on your requirements. However, you must tell your therapist about any concerns you may have – particularly blood pressure issues – so they can tailor the treatment accordingly.

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