Indian Head Massage


Indian Head Massage has been used for thousands of years to remove negative energy and aid healing. This ancient art has been adapted to help treat the stresses and strains of modern-day life. It is a safe, simple and effective therapy that uses a series of massage strokes to treat the area’s most vulnerable to stress – namely the upper back, shoulders, head and neck.

E-Learning 7.30 – 8.30 pm Starting Monday 28th September 2020

+ 2 x 1-1 practical sessions – Options available and will be agreed either Tuesday 10th & 17th November or Saturday 14th & 21st November

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Pre-reading / self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • Read/research what is Indian Head Massage
  • Read/research the history of Indian Head Massage

Online support

  • Induction, welcome, discussion about IHM, have you had one, where, when, what did you think of it?
  • Providing an IHM treatment – oil / no oil, chair, the area treated, equipment, the comfort of client and therapist
  • Discussion about Narendra Mehta
  • Prepare self, client and work area for treatment
  • Possible effects of IHM
  • Discussion of bones of the upper body


  • Complete workbook – lesson 1
  • Produce an information sheet on IHM – either a flyer, an A5 poster, an A4 trifold leaflet – include all details such as treatment length, benefits
  • Practise shoulder routine – view the video of shoulder routine, practise routine, video it and submit for feedback


Pre-reading / self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • Read/research why a consultation is essential in all complementary therapy
  • Read/research on how to undertake a consultation

Online support

  • Discussion about the consultation process – find out client preferences, client’s expectations, build client rapport, role play consultation
  • Ways of evaluating the  effectiveness of treatment – asking for feedback, client rebooking, email a questionnaire
  • Aftercare/home care advice – generic aftercare advice, specific home care advice
  • Discussion of muscles of the treatment area


  • Complete workbook – lesson 2
  • Compile own consultation form
  • Practice shoulder routine and add on neck routine, video and submit for feedback


Pre-read/self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • different oils suitable for specific hair conditions/seasons etc
  • Pre-read/research ‘contra-indications’ to IHM – why they are, why are they important

Online Support

  • Discussion on oils to use in IHM.
  • Discussion on the need to complete treatment to client’s satisfaction
  • Discussion on the necessity of completing treatment records – insurance requirement, building a relationship with client etc
  • Blood and lymph vessels of the treatment area


  • Complete workbook lesson 3
  • Practise routine for shoulders and neck and add on arms, video and submit for feedback


Pre-reading/self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • Research why it is important to behave in a professional manner as a therapist – what is the specific behaviour, why is it important, what would happen if you breach professional standards?
  • Research the specific health & safety regulations surrounding complementary therapies and why are they important?

Online support

  • Discussion on professional behaviour and ethics within the complementary therapy industry
  • Discussion on communication skills, from the first contact with a client, through the consultation process, and booking a return visit
  • Discussion of benefits of IHM on skin – structure and function of the skin


  • Complete workbook – lesson 4
  • Practise routine – shoulders, neck, arms and add on Head, record and submit for feedback


Pre-reading / self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • Read/research why the position of the client is important throughout treatment
  • Read/research why the position/posture of the therapist is important throughout treatment
  • Research different types of hair/conditions and how IHM could be of benefit
  • Read the structure and function of the hair

Online Support

  • Discussion about the posture of therapist and longevity of career, prevention of injury, wellbeing
  • Discussion regarding the structure and the function the hair
  • Discussion about surrounding hair types, wigs, turbans, hijabs, plaits and how to adapt treatment according


  • Complete workbook lesson 5
  • Practise the whole routine – try to be timely (45 mins), check your speed, posture, and client satisfaction


Pre-reading / self-research to be done prior to Zoom lesson

  • Research ways in which IHM may need to be adapted such as time constraints, oil/no oil preferences of the client, longer spent on one area, an area missed out altogether (client preference), or a wheelchair user
  • Pre-read what ‘contra-indications’ mean and what they are.  Why are they important to know?

Online support

  • Discussion on adaptations to IHM
  • Why are contra-indications important?
  • Chakras – what are they? Do you believe in them? Would you use them in your treatment?


  • Complete workbook – lesson 6
  • Keep on practicing the whole routine

Additional information


computer/laptop with a webcam for Zoom lessons
a way of recording the routine to submit for feedback (phone etc)
access to a computer to complete homework & assignments
a body to practice on


Pre-reading / self-research to be completed prior to Zoom lesson
Online support via a 1-hour lesson via Zoom per week
On-going support via Whatsapp or email for the duration of the course and beyond


Homework – completing a workbook
Practising the routine (done in parts) at home, recording it and sending it in for feedback

Face-to-Face Learning/Guidance

Two days of face-to-face learning in the classroom. Your workbook will need to be completed by this time.

Day 1 will be refining the routine and building confidence working on clients brought in from outside. This allows for more practical work, rather than working on each other. Day 2 will include assessment


The initial 6-week course is £150 which gives you access to all the learning materials. The practical training will be scheduled either a Tuesday or Saturday and paid for £75 each session.

Exam fees

City & Guilds certification & exam fees £12.00 – £55.00