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What is Indie Head Massage & how does it work?

Indie Head Massage/Indian Head Massage is the art of manipulating the soft tissue of the shoulders, neck, head and face. It is considered a form of relaxation massage that incorporates a variety of massage techniques to help release stress and tension and create a sense of peace and well-being. It is considered to be both a manual therapy and an aromatherapy treatment as it also incorporates the use of aromatic oils. It consists of 2 separate treatments; one for the muscles and scalp and the second for the face.

The theory behind the method and practice is very simple: Using a variety of massage techniques the soft tissue, hair and skin are manipulated, the techniques used can be both invigorating and stimulating or calming and soothing, the massage promotes the healthy circulation of blood which is essential to the health and vitality of all the bodily systems.  The techniques used are non-invasive and suitable for most everyone, including small children and seniors. The massage also promotes relaxation and helps trigger the release of endorphins “feel good chemicals”.  Overall, Indie/Indian Head Massage have both physical and psychological effects on people.

What are some of the benefits?

Indie Head Massage/Indian Head Massage may also help you with:

Eyestrain, Tension Headaches, Bell’s Palsy, Anxiety,Psoriasis of the scalp,Migraines,Earaches, Insomnia, Tinnitus,Sinusitis, Congestion, Insomnia,Circulation, ADHD, Complements all other healing modalities

Who is this treatment for?

Are there any cases (known as contraindications) where Indie Head Massage is not appropriate?

This non-invasive therapy is suitable for most everyone.  There are however certain contraindication

and cases in which Indie/Indian Head Massage is unable to help and treatments are not recommended. A telephone consultation prior to scheduling your appointment will be conducted to determine whether or not this treatment is suitable for you.  If you have a special need or any concerns always check with your Doctor prior to receiving any treatments and let us know if any of the following apply to you.

Indie Head Massage/Indian Head Massage may be able to alleviate pain and suffering caused by many conditions,  but the approval of your doctor will give you peace of mind before commencing with treatments.

Is Indie/Indian Head Massage safe in pregnancy?

Yes it’s safe and beneficial during pregnancy. We do recommend that you check with your doctor prior to receiving treatments and consider waiting until your 13th week (when the placenta is fully established). We can modify treatments to accommodate your specific needs.  

Does Indie/Indian Head Massage hurt?

No, does not hurt and should not hurt.  Your practitioner uses their fingers and hands to apply pressure and manipulate the soft tissue, muscles and hair. The pressure will vary according to each individual tolerance levels, age and health.

How often can I have this treatment?

General Guidelines:

        Always allow 1-2 days between treatments.

What to expect during your treatments session?

All treatments include a detailed health consultation The questionnaire allows us to establish a client profile and identify individual needs. Please allow up to 1.5 hours for your first session.

You have an option to receive this treatment with or with out the use of oils. However, the use of oils provides several benefits for the skin, hair and scalp.

During ALL treatments you will be sitting in a comfortable chair (fully clothed) or on a massage bed (fully drapped). The arms/upperback, neck, hair, scalp face and ears will be massaged using a variety of techniques that are both soothing and stimulating. Scented or unscented oils are applied to the hair and scalp (if using oils).

At the end of your treatment you will be asked to rest briefly before moving.   A treatment chart will also be completed and reviewed with you after each treatment session and home care suggestions will be provided to you. If you are receiving an oil treatment your hair will be wrapped in a breathable hair cap.

Do I need to have a full Indie/Indian Head Massage Treatment?

A complete treatment takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour.  This hour allows your practitioner to manipulate each area several times and provides the most amount of benefit for clients.

Modified treatments are available: 5 – 40 minute sessions for special circumstances & people with special conditions or anyone who is already receiving any of our other treatments and would like to add a little extra boost to their sessions. Modified treatments may/or may not cover all areas of the Indie Head Massage Treatment.  

What should I do before a treatment?

It’s a good idea not to eat within an hour of starting a treatment and you shouldn’t drink alcohol 24 hours prior to receiving any massage treatments. If you are receiving an oil treatment for your hair and scalp we recommend that you wash your hair prior to receiving a treatment and do not use any leave-in products.

How will I feel during my treatment?

Indie/Indian Head Massage provides a unique experience for everyone and each person responds differently to the treatment. Most clients feel relaxed and fall asleep during their treatment.

How will I feel after my treatment?

Generally clients feel positive and energized after a treatment.  However, it is common for clients to feel so relaxed that they just want to sleep.

Do I do anything special after my treatment?

The treatments helps to eliminate toxins from the body and it is recommended to bathe in Epson salt after your session (some exceptions apply). It also helps to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Your Practitioner will recommend your personal home care for you once your session is completed. If you have had an oil treatment for your hair and scalp, it is recommended that you leave the oil in for a minimum of 2 hours or overnight.

What results can I expect?

Indie/Indian Head Massage balances the body and promotes self-healing. Most people feel the benefit both during and after treatment; however for more longstanding issues it may take more treatments. The treatment promotes improvements to health by:

How do I book a treatment?

Please contact us via phone at 416-770-3095 or by email to schedule your appointment.

What are your appointment hours?

Weekdays: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday 10 am - 2 pm  & 5 pm - 8 pm

Weekends: Saturday 10 am -2 pm

Do you accept new clients?


Home Visits are Available For:

Women & Children (all ages)

Male Clients are by referral only.

Services for Seniors in Senior Homes

(sorry we do not offer services in the downtown core). If you are outside the Toronto Area; please contact us for service availability and options.

How should I pay?

We accept online payments or Cash, Debit or Credit in person after your treatment is completed.

What should I wear?

Whatever you are most comfortable in! Warm blankets will be provided to keep you comfortable.

What do I need to know about my home visit/on-site treatments? - See our Home Visits Page


Unfortunately, we do need to charge for cancellations. Ideally cancellations should be made at least 24 hours prior to the treatment time otherwise a cancellation fee will apply.  Please call or email us as soon as you know you need to reschedule.

Do you offer training?

Yes. We offer both General Interest & Certficate Courses in Indie & Indian Head Massage. Our courses are available in-class or via private training. No previous experience is required, there is however a minimum age requirement of 18 years. We also offer special programs/training for Parents with Kids & Babies. Please contact us for more information if you are a parent/caregiver to discuss your specific needs.  We offer Indie Head Massage Courses and Indian Head massage courses in Toronto, Ontario and in Canada.

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