Popular throughout India, holistic head massage targets pressure points and employs oils to relieve tension, boost blood flow and clear out negative energy. The first step in any ayurvedic treatment is determining the recipient’s dosha
, or how the energy flows between a person’s mind and body, so before beginning, my therapist, Kavita Rawat, had me take a short quiz to determine which of the three doshas I fell into. She then started the actual treatment by kneading my shoulder and neck muscles. Rawat proceeded to drizzle oil and special ayurvedic herbs into my hair and onto my neck, then rubbed my scalp vigorously to stimulate my circulation. The whole massage was set to soothing chant music, and I emerged feeling more relaxed than I had in weeks. If you’re searching for maximum decompression, pair the treatment with shirodhara
, in which warm scented oils are slowly poured onto your forehead. According to ayurvedic principles, this opens your “third eye,” or your pathway to higher consciousness, in addition to relieving stress and combating insomnia.Bonus:
The special ayurvedic oils made my hair smell great for hours.Why it’s worth trying:
Not only will the head massage soothe all that tension you’ve been building up, but it also helps promote healthy hair growth—a major bonus in the midst of drying winter weather. 212-616-4127, newyorkayurveda.com. Indian head massage regularly $65;
shirodhara: 35mins $75, 60mins $105. Mention
TONY when booking for 20 percent off head massage through Feb 15.