Like yoga, massage can help to improve circulation, stimulate the lymphatic system, increase joint mobility and flexibility and reduce muscle tension.
For those with limited time or new/ unsure about massage, I offer chair massages, starting at only 10 minutes, concentrating on the back and shoulder.
For those looking for something a bit more complete, I offer a full Indian Head Massage – more on this below! (UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 there will be no facial massage, however we’ll spend longer on other areas and I’ve made a self facial massage video, you can try if you like).
Massages take place at my home therapy room in Knowle, Bristol, UK. I’m also happy to consider event bookings – best to contact to discuss.
To Book: Email me at me@kellysheldrick
I also can offer massage workshops, where you can learn how to give a 10 minute back/ shoulder massage. Combine this with a gentle yoga class, for a relaxing evening with a group of friends. (UPDATE: Currently only offered online due to COVID-19 guidance).
In case you’re in Lockdown/ shielding and after a bit of self care, I’ve created this free short self-massage video – I hope you enjoy!
Donating to charity can feel good – if you did enjoy this self-massage, please consider making a donation to my chosen charity, Avon Wildlife Trust – thank you.
Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is an ancient Ayurveda health care practice that originated in India about 4,000 years ago. It is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure points on the head, face, neck and shoulders.
If you’re into chakras, Indian Head massage focuses on unblocking and balancing the throat, third eye and crown chakras. The scalp, neck, face, shoulders, upper back and arms are massaged to help ease tension, release stress and promote relaxation.
Why Indian Head Massage?
- Relieves aches, pains and tension in the jaw, neck, back and shoulders. Particularly good for anyone with lots of tension in these areas (office workers, drivers, anyone who tends to hunch over or pulls their shoulders towards their ears).
- Stimulates and improves lymphatic drainage to the head and neck, helping to eliminate waste material from body.
- Relieves eyestrain and headaches and is effective tinnitus, jaw ache, sinusitis, congestion and insomnia.
- Improves blood flow to the head and neck, increasing supply of oxygen and nutrients to nourish the tissues. This increase in oxygen supply can help improve concentration and productivity.
- Improves muscle tone, relieves muscle tensions and pain from muscular spasms.
- Improves mobility, particularly in the shoulder and neck.
- It can be done anywhere, fully clothed and seated, with or without oils.
What should I expect?
The full massage takes anywhere from 30 to 45 minutes, which includes a 5-10 minute consultation at the start of session.
The massage can be done with or without oils, and is done fully clothed while seated. If you choose to have oils, this will be applied to the scalp and face only.
The massage includes the scalp, so remove any clips or slides beforehand and prepare for a slightly messy hairstyle by the end of it.
We’ll have a chat beforehand to get an idea of your lifestyle, any conditions you might have, allergies, and injuries.
While most people can benefit from a massage, there are a few conditions where massage needs to be avoided or altered. So it’s important to share:
- Whether you might be pregnant
- Are intoxicated
- Have any current skin infections or allergies
- Have any recent injuries, any broken skin or sores
- Have any medical conditions
Feel free to get in touch beforehand to discuss whether massage would be beneficial to you.
Massage releases toxins in the muscles. Specific massage movements help to drain these toxins to the lymph nodes. However it’s still important to drink plenty of water after having a massage to help flush these toxins out of the body.