Holistic Centre for Body, Mind & Spirit


Life’s stresses and strains can get on top of us all making us vulnerable to any number of negative feelings - powerlessness, anger, agitation, exhaustion and frustration for example.

As a result, tension accumulates and shows up as a stiff neck or shoulders, eye strain, fatigue, headaches or even hair loss. Special Indian Head Massage techniques, using firm or gentle strokes and rhythms can help unknot these blockages and relieve the uncomfortable build-up of stored tensions. This enables a fresh supply of oxygen and glucose to reach the brain, a relaxing of the nervous system and helps to eliminate fatigue caused by mental stress, as well as stimulating the circulation to hair follicles which can encourage hair growth. On an emotional level an Indian Head Massage treatment can help restore calm to the spirit, promote inner relaxation and encourage stress relief. It can restore a sense of balance, peace and harmony and help to clear away areas of negativity. It invites the body and mind to heal itself.

The treatment involves the manipulation of the soft tissue of the scalp, head, neck, jaw and shoulders, to help relieve stored tensions, to stimulate circulation and to improve joint movement. It also helps release stored toxins through the blood and lymph systems. The gentle but firm movements and massage techniques break down the nodules that develop in the muscle groups associated with these areas and help reduce the associated stiffness.

This treatment is particularly beneficial for headaches, eye strain, physical/emotional stress, poor circulation, anxiety, congestion, stiff neck or shoulders, depression, arthritis, sleep problems.

Indian Head Massage is suitable for most adults but there are certain conditions where it should be avoided. Consequently all treatments begin with a thorough consultation.

One of Anam Cara’s practitioners says, “Twenty-one years ago I started as a fitness/aerobics instructor. I then decided to go back to college and train in Sports Therapy. I went on to train in Sports Massage, Aromatherapy, Indian Head Massage and other holistic therapies. I also trained in Beauty as I wanted to help people not just on a physical level but on an emotional level too, as I feel most illness and disease comes from life’s stresses and emotional challenges. Later I found Dru Yoga which works on all levels of experience (physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual). Five years ago I went on to train as a teacher and have continued my training to eventually become a Dru Yoga practitioner specialising in back care and pregnancy-related health and wellbeing.”

Another of Anam Cara’s practitioners says, “My journey into holistic therapies started in 1999. I studied Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Swedish Massage, Indian Head Massage, Reiki and Hopi Ear Candles. This led to Advanced Aromatherapy and Advanced Reflexology qualifications. My Aromatherapy tutor then introduced me to Shiatsu. I studied Complementary Therapies at Derby University and obtained a B.A.(Hons) Degree in Shiatsu. Nowadays this enables me to tailor treatments to the client’s needs, as often they require more than one therapy and I can fine tune various combination treatments.

“My experience at Anam Cara is that it is client centred, client friendly, client focused, client based and client led. The holistic ethos supports the client’s personal quest towards health and wellbeing by creating a therapeutic environment to help clients physically, emotionally and psychologically. And it isn’t just about caring and supporting the client, the emphasis is placed on the client and the practitioner feeling nurtured and protected whilst at Anam Cara.

“In my experience the essence is to provide a peaceful and relaxing environment. I pride myself in being part of the team and showing a personal interest, compassion and empathy in the client’s issues. I feel Anam Cara truly supports me in this role by creating a safe environment for me to practise in. All the therapies and treatments under the Anam Cara umbrella complement each other, and their aim is to guide and support clients. From talking therapies, bodywork, herbs and so on clients will often come to supplement traditional medicine or come to us when all else has failed.

“All at Anam Cara share a common belief and philosophy that the mind, body and spirit should be treated in a holistic manner, and that we are here to increase the client’s self-awareness and to help them understand how they think and feel.”