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Practitioner's Course in Traditional Indian Head Massage (Shiro Abhyanga)

What is Traditional Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage has been an integral part of Indian family life for thousands of years. It has a noble lineage as it is a part of the ancient Ayurvedic healing system. The techniques used in IHM for maintaining health and wellness has been handed down over the generations. Renowned as an antidote for stress, it is a safe, simple, non-invasive yet effective clothed therapy. The treatment includes massage and manipulation of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face.

Amarjeet Bhamra, the head of the Institute of Indian Head Massage, has specifically designed this course to be a sequence that can be easily learnt, but is still a powerful therapy. Amarjeet is a renowned Ayurvedic bodywork practitioner and is a leading exponent and dedicated master of Traditional Indian Head Massage.

This certificate course is fully accredited by the Institute of Indian Head Massage. This allows successful students to obtain insurance and practise professionally should they wish. No previous training or qualifications are required to take this course.

Course Structure and Content

The course takes place over three days plus one day for the exam and assessment. There will be about month's gap between the weekends to enable you to complete the case studies and assignments. The course covers the teaching of the IHM sequence and includes sessions covering:

  • Overview on Ayurveda
  • IHM history and development
  • Chakras
  • Contra-indications
  • Consultation and massage procedure
  • Therapist/client care and ethics
  • Marma points
  • Preparation, protection and meditation
  • Post-treatment advice
  • Anatomy & physiology
  • Benefits
  • Oils

What Next?

Full details of all our courses are contained in our comprehensive prospectus.

Please request a copy from our Contact Page.