What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for over 5000 years. It is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system which combines natural therapies to restore balance to mind body and spirit. Traditionally it is a skill that is passed down from generation to generation, and families use the massage on a daily basis for relaxation and healing and to maintain contact - therefore reducing stress.

Indian Head Massage will relieve aches, pains and tension in your neck, back and shoulders, face and head. It stimulates the flow of blood, lymph and oxygen in your upper body which will clear your sinuses, relieve stress and help you sleep better. Our upper body is vulnerable as we tend to hold tension in these areas - due to stressful way of living, sedentary lifestyle or poor posture. Regular Indian Head Massage can help stimulate the supply of oxygen and nutrients into the living cells of hair - so can improve the condition of the hair.

What can I expect from my Indian Head Massage treatment?

Each treatment will last approx 30mins.

Before the first treatment a consultation is conducted to check for any contra indications (conditions that will prohibit you from having the treatment) and to ensure the treatment is individual to the client’s needs. Indian Head Massage is carried out with you sitting in a comfortable chair or lying down on a treatment couch. The treatment consists of a range of different massage techniques which cover the upper back, shoulders and arms before moving upwards towards the neck, head, ears and face.

Benefits:

• Relieving muscle tension, pressure and pain
• Stimulates blood circulation
• Boosts the immune system
• Stimulates scalp and hair growth
• Encourages lymph drainage
• Relieves sinus congestions
• Alleviates mental and emotional stress such as headache and insomnia
• Aids elimination of toxins and waste
• Promotes a restful night’s sleep
• Improves Mood
• Relieves eye strain

Indian Head Massage is available at Vedra Therapies.

Get in touch via email or call/text 07879426181 to book your appointment today .

What to expect from a Reflexology treatment

Many of you who haven’t tried Reflexology before may be wondering what exactly happens during a typical appointment, so I thought I’d try to help you understand what to expect.

At your first appointment, I go through a brief medical questionnaire which will last approx 10-20mins. Afterwards I explain to you how Reflexology works and what you can expect from the treatment. If you have any questions or concerns, we go through those too.

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You will be asked to remove your socks and shoes, then sit on the Reflexology chair. Next you back, I place a pillow under your feet and a blanket over your body to keep you warm and comfortable.

An organic all natural anti-bacterial spray is used on both feet and I begin assessing the feet; feeling for temperature, looking at the colour and checking for any hard skin, corns, bunions etc. – all of which are of importance to me helping you.

At this point you may prefer to close your eyes and relax, or you might want to talk – it’s totally up to you. Many clients enjoy the soothing qualities of some peaceful music – other prefer silence, again, this is up to you.

The treatment starts with some relaxation and breathing exercises, these are not only to help relax you further, but also to let the body know I am about to begin my treatment.

I then will work through my sequence covering all organs and systems of the body, I may revisit certain areas to help balance specific reflexes, depending on what you have told me in the consultation and what I find during the treatment.

The pressure should feel firm but not painful. Any feedback during the session is encouraged; you can point out if a reflex feels more tender or if it feels more relaxing than others. The treatment will last between 45mins - 1hr.

It will end with further relaxation and breathing techniques, and I get you a glass of water.

After your treatment you are advised to drink more water (approx 8 glasses in 24hrs) to help flush toxins from your body. It is also recommended you avoid alcohol and only eat small meals.

I hope this has given you an insight into what is involved, if you would like to book an appointment to try out a treatment, please get in touch.

Why it’s important to take time and relax

Modern day life is stressful and is becoming more fast paced than ever. We have so many day to day demands on our time, and we rarely stop for a minute to slow down think about ourselves.

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The truth is most of us could do with a break every once in a while. A break to allow ourselves to properly relax. We aren’t designed to be on the go 24/7/365 - even though it’s becoming a popular modern day mantra.

Proper relaxation helps keep us focused and it re-energises us for any challenges we may face on a daily basis. From a Reflexology point of view, relaxation encourages the body’s natural healing process, restoring natural balance and promoting wellbeing, and it allows the nervous system to calm down and function more normally.


We can only benefit from allowing our body to relax and there are different ways in which we can chose to do it.

Many people use Reflexology as a way of relaxing the mind, body and counteracting stress. Preventative health care can save a great deal of time, money and frustration as well as maintain a good quality of life. The negative effects of everyday life, stress, emotions, attitudes, and improper eating can throw the body out of balance. If one part of the body doesn’t work properly the whole body suffers; minor aches, pains and general fatigue which are often the forerunners of more serious complaints begin to surface.

Get in touch if you would like to find out more about how Reflexology can help you to relax

How much water should we drink?

We all know we need water to stay healthy and survive, but are you aware of how much water you drink on a daily basis? 

Do you drink the 1.2 litres that is recommended to us by the NHS, or are you one of the 89% of the UK population who does not drink enough water to maintain healthy hydration levels?

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Whatever your daily intake, it’s good to be mindful of how much you drink because too little will have implications for how our body functions. 

Why is it so important that we drink water daily? Did you know our body is made up of about 65% water? Water is an essential nutrient necessary for all aspects of bodily functioning including the distribution of oxygen and other nutrients, the removal of waste products and the regulation of temperature. Water is also vital for lubricating joints and protecting the brain. As we lose water through breathing, sweating and digestion it’s important to rehydrate by drinking fluids and eating foods that contain water.

Keeping hydrated can also relieve fatigue, can naturally relieve headaches and improve the skins complexion.

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Within my Reflexology practice, I work a lot on the lymphatic systems of my clients to help eliminate toxins. One of the easiest ways to remove toxins after a treatment is to increase your intake of water to flush out the kidneys. Water is the vehicle waste uses to exit the body, without it the waste will build up and may leave you feeling unwell. This is the reason you will always be given a glass of water after your treatment, and advised to drink more over the next 24/48hrs.

How do thoughts and emotions affect our health?

Did you know that our emotions are linked to certain organs in the body?

That how we think and feel, and even attitudes and beliefs we have, can have a direct impact on our physical health?

  • Anger weakens your liver

  • Grief weakens your lungs

  • Worry weakens your stomach

  • Stress weakens your heart & brain

  • Fear weakens your kidney

  • Love strengthens your mind and body

  • Laughter reduces stress

Most of us will have heard the term ‘mind/body connection’ ie when you feel emotions in your body as physiological changes.

Examples of this would when you are embarrassed your face flushes red and you feel hot, or when you are afraid - you feel tightness in your stomach and your muscles tense. These show how some emotions can be felt physically in the body.

Emotions are meant to be felt, processed, and then at some point let go of. This is usually the case for positive emotions. A lot of the time negative emotions aren’t dealt with and are suppressed - thereby not being properly processed and not being let go of. When this happens the negative emotional energy becomes trapped in the body - usually in the organ or body part associated with that particular emotion.

Interestingly, this then leads to our feet showing different signs; hard skin, calluses, shape and alignment of toes, or simply tension in the reflex associated with the organ in which the emotion is trapped - all things that a qualified reflexologist will pick up on.

A trapped emotion can cause an imbalance in the body that often will manifest as a physical ailment. I’m not saying that all physical problems are caused by trapped emotions - but often this can be the case. Trapped emotions can also have an affect on our mental and emotional well-being.

During your reflexology treatment I will work on any imbalances that I find to release the negative energy and emotions. This can, over time, help any physical ailments dissipate and can prevent chronic problems from coming back.

Reflexology is a holistic approach to health - using the mind body connection to improve health and well-being.

A reflexology treatment gives you time and space to just ‘be’.

• It is relaxing and calms the mind

• The relaxing effect of reflexology helps to release the effects of stored emotions

• Reflexology and the relaxation it brings allows the mind and body to communicate more effectively

• Reflexology encourages the body to come into balance.