Jane teaching Indian Head Massage at Bristol Beauty School

Why you should learn Indian Head Massage

Many of the people I meet day-to-day are stressed. They are too busy, there’s too much to do and they are feeling exhausted with the demands of life.

I often ask, “How do you relax?” or “How do you have fun?” You wouldn’t think this would be a hard question to answer would you? Well sadly, for most people, it is.

I am delighted to see different types of massage treatments increasing in the salon, this is key to helping people with relaxation.

I have been in the Health and Beauty Industry for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. One of my favourite subjects is teaching Indian Head Massage. The training room has a peaceful atmosphere to demonstrate to students how to set the scene for when they have clients. Soft lighting is important, and I also burn essential oils and put relaxing music on. I thoroughly enjoy showing students the benefits of Indian Head Massage and how the treatment room should be.

The history of Indian Head Massage

The history of Indian Head is incredible. Massage has always played an important part in Indian life, featuring in the earliest Ayurvedic texts that date back nearly 4000 years. Today, infants often receive daily massage from birth until they are 3 years old, to keep them in good health. From then on, they are massaged once or twice a week.

After 6, they learn Indian Head Massage and are taught to share massage with family members as an integral part of family life. Indian head massage or as it is known in India, ‘Champissage’, has been practised in India for over a thousand years and springs from a rich tradition of family grooming.

The techniques were originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season (coconut, sesame, almond, olive oil, herbal oil, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna), to keep their hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition.

In India, head massage has been performed as an integral part of treatment given by barbers and masseurs. It became a normal custom for people, from the king down, to have someone tend to them. Treatments would differ from the massages performed by women, as the massages are mainly invigorating massages designed to stimulate and refresh the individual. These skills have evolved through the ages and have been handed down from barber father to barber son. The females in the family have also kept the tradition of hair massage and grooming, passing it down from mother to daughter.

Today in Indian, it is very common to visit a barber shop, have a wet shave and receive a head massage as part of the treatment. Indian Head Massage can be seen in many parts of India from Calcutta to Bombay, performed on street corners and the beach.

I know the benefits of any Massage treatments are so amazing, when you have one of these treatments you find yourself in a better place and having time away from your phone or just time to do nothing , this is so powerful.

“We all live in a very busy world with lots of stresses in everyday life. It is essential we find time to relax, time to be quiet, having hands on relaxation through massage is very healing.”

Jane Vickers, tutor

Indian Head Massage training has been increasing popular in the past two years at Bristol Beauty School. I have been running courses frequently and I think the increase is because the treatment is so versatile – it can be performed anywhere and you can stay fully clothed.

Indian Head Massage therapists can offer a relaxing 10 minutes treatment or an 45 minutes session which makes this a very affordable treatment to offer. This is also an ideal course for people who want to just carry out these treatments on friends and family. I have even seen people do an Indian Head Massage on people at festivals.

“I have been really impressed by the professionalism of the school…i.e. the set up, tutors, facilities; manuals….and the very official accredited certificates!!”

Natasha, Portishead Bristol

If you feel the courses would benefit you, and you would like to discuss anything please call Jane 07973516115 or email mail@bristolbeautyschool.co.uk.


hand and back having a swedish massage at Bristol School of Beauty

What do massage therapists really think?

Fifty million of us had a massage last year and it’s top of the list of popular spa treatments, but what do massage therapists really think? And have you ever wondered what your massage therapist is thinking whilst having a massage?

Well there’s no need to be self conscious, as over my 30 years’ experience in the beauty industry, I have never known a massage therapist to judge or have an opinion about their client’s body. And they really don’t care about the following things:

  • Passing wind while being massaged
  • Your hairy legs
  • Touching your feet
  • Spots or skin disorders on your skin

I have spoken and trained many massage therapists over the years and it is true to say they actually don’t notice what clients think they notice. A professional massage therapist will concentrate on the tension, knots and what muscles need to be focused on and they don’t really see the skin or what’s on the outside of the body at all.

That said, I do have a few guidlines for clients so that they can maximise the relaxation, enjoyment and benefits of their massage.

Have a wash before you have a massage

Like most people massage therapists don’t partucularly like smelly people, so it is very wise if you want a good massage to have a wash before you go. Enough said.

Don’t treat us like sex workers

Sadly some men think massage therapists are also sex workers. There are places you can go if you want the happy endings, but this is not called body massage! It saddens me when I hear from other therapists that this is an ongoing problem in our industry. If you are a therapist, remember to never be in the building alone if you have a massage booked with a new male client.

Research your massage therapist & check reviews

Recently, I have been researching to see what the figures show about reports of assault on female massage therapists. Interestingly, there were more reports about male massage therapists who had assulted female clients. So check out your massage therapists before making an appointment – listen to reviews or talk to their existing clients. Men can be excellent massage therapists as they can be stronger and therefore able to apply more pressure for a firmer massage.

I spoke to one of Bristol’s most experienced massage therapists Dominika Kapla about her work, she loves being a massage therapist and gets great job satisfaction, but like every career there are some downsides. Here’s what she had to say…

Things I like about being a massage therapist…

  • Working in a relaxed environment
  • Helping people
  • Not being stressed
  • Building relationships with clients
  • Being physically active
  • Having the opportunity to work at festivals and more exotic locations
  • Using the facilities in the spa that I work in

Things that I think are not so good about being a massage therapist:

  • Being a massage therapist has a big impact on our body. I have tight muscles and have to constantly be aware of my posture.
  • Dealing with unkind or ungrateful clients can be quite challenging, you give a lot when giving a massage and if your relationship with the client isn’t good it can leave you with a bad feeling.
  • Performing lots of massages in one day can be tiring
  • Too much time to think! If you’re not chatting to the client you are mostly working in silence.

Thanks to Dominika Kapla for sharing her insight about being a massage therapist.

Sometimes as a tutor, I do discourage students at Bristol Beauty School from working in spas and salons because the rate of pay is low. You can earn more as a freelancer. My adult learners are usually aiming to be self-employed and they can earn between £25- £50 or more for a full body massage treatment. Therapists working in the salons and spas can often be paid the minimum wage.

These days working without a screen in front of you is a miracle. I really believe that’s why if you are massaging you feel great and relaxed yourself while performing the treatment. It is a mindful process and enjoyable to perform and receive. I often hear my students at Bristol Beauty School say…

” I can’t believe how relaxing it is to give a body massage”

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