Should Indian Head Massages be given to pupils in school?
Shiro-Abhyanga, known in the west as Indian Head Massage, has been used as part of normal family life in India for over 2000 years.
It was originally used as a form of grooming to help to help stimulate hair growth. But the massage has many more benefits that just that. Indian Head Massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress. In Western culture today we spend much of our time in our heads, so this treatment can really help to calm the mind and is surprisingly deeply relaxing. Working with a firm and gentle rhythm it helps to relieve muscular discomfort and tension as well as calming the spirit and aiding relaxation, it also improves circulation in the head, enhances the senses and promotes clear thinking.
Ian Wilkins, who worked for the Hilltop Charity in Nepal for 5 years, said ‘I was finding learning the local language really difficult. Someone suggested I take regular head treatment, so I did. I don’t know why but having these regular head massages really helped me pick up the language quickly. I think it relaxes you and focuses the mind.’ So if a regular head therapy helps focus and relax the mind then why not introduce it as mandatory in schools. Many children find school stressful and hard environments in which to learn. Many schools regularly report fights between students, many are hyped up on the wrong kind of diet. So why not introduce head massages in school. Instead of giving a child detention when they misbehave the school should give them this treatment. It would give the local therapists extra income too. In fact why not go a step further and introduce the idea to offices too.