Indian head massage

Indian head massage provides a sense of enhanced well being, alleviating muscular tension, stress and anxiety.

Indian head massage is performed seated using a variety of massage and acupressure techniques to the scalp, face, neck and shoulders, performed with or without hair oils. It provides a sense of enhanced well being, alleviating muscular tension, stress and anxiety.

There is no requirement to have a course of sessions, some clients attend for one session, whilst others may choose to attend once a month or so. We can also help you determine whether there are factors within your work environment for example, such as computer set up or seating which is contributing to your problems and advise how to address these.


The fee is £39 for a 60 mins appointment

Did you know you have muscles in your scalp? 

These muscles can develop tension due to anxiety, stress and postural strain. This tension can restrict the flow of blood in the scalp causing a build up of waste products, which can result in tension headaches and referred pain into the jaw, neck and shoulders. This can also contribute to some forms of sinusitis, tinnitus and also eyestrain caused by prolonged computer use.

Is Indian Head Massage right for me?

Indian head massage isn’t appropriate for everyone and not advisable where you have any of the following:

  • Recent head or neck injury​
  • Recent Surgery​
  • History of thrombosis or embolism​
  • High or low blood pressure​
  • Recent haemorrhage
  • Bruising, open cuts and abrasions in the treatment area​
  • History of a stroke or other neurological condition​
  • Diabetes
  • Epliepsy
  • Migraine – at the time of treatment
  • Eczema, psoriasis
  • Skin Infections
  • Scalp infections
  • Intoxication
  • Thyroid disorders

Please consult with your GP or get in touch with us before booking your appointment if you are unsure.

Effects of Indian head massage

Indian head massage is uplifting but you may feel tired or a little sore for a short time afterwards, due to it’s detoxifying effects. It’s good to drink some water after your treatment and avoid vigorous activity immediately afterwards.

We use a variety of hair oils which can also help improve the nourishment of your scalp in addition to their uplifting effects. Examples of some of the oils we use include sweet almond, coconut, jasmine, mustard and some blended hair oils. Only a small amount of hair oil is applied to the scalp when required, but it may cause your hair to smell perfumed or appear slightly greasy, so please consider whether you would like oil to be used.

Please get in touch if you have any allergies or sensitivities particularly to nuts or perfumes before treatment, so any such products can be avoided.

Indian head massage fee: £39 for a 60 mins appointment

Chris Davenport

Our holistic physiotherapist

Chris graduated as a physiotherapist from Leeds University in 1997, starting his career at Rotherham General hospital and has worked in private practice since 2002.

His last role included running a sports injury clinic for students at Loughborough University where he has gained experience treating both elite and recreational athletes from a range of sports. He has undergone additional training in Indian head massage and reflexology, whilst completing postgraduate training in orthopaedic medicine and manual therapy also.

He was physiotherapist for the City of Sheffield (senior men) athletics team and has worked with the North East regional athletics team in Portugal, at the British Transplant Games and also with the London Marathon medical team.

“I like to understand the mechanisms which prevent an injury from recovering and use a variety of treatment techniques to correct any contributing factors, whilst targeting the source of the pain.”

Chris Davenport

Chris Davenport

Reviews for Chris Davenport

impact physio
5.0 rating

I injured my shoulder with a suspected torn rotor cuff (no idea if I’ve spelt that correctly). It was painful all the time and kept me awake at night. Chris my physio gave me simple exercises and treatment and it has so drastically improved my shoulder, I barely notice that there’s anything wrong with it. Chris is very knowledgeable, which has not always been my experience of physios.

5.0 rating

I attended the practice to receive treatment for a shoulder issue. Chris was very knowledgeable, providing excellent detailed exercise sheets and undertaking small, helpful manipulations in the shoulder. I would have no hesitation in returning to this practice should the need arise.

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5.0 rating

First rate service, flexible with times and dates and Chris has given me skills and exercises that I continue to employ to manage my injury. Can’t speak highly enough of the company and far better than previous physio services I’ve used.

5.0 rating

Chris is a star, every time!

5.0 rating

Had terrible hip pain but after 4 visits I had hardly any pain continued with the exercises given and pain has gone
Many thanks Chris

5.0 rating

I’ve attended impact physio for quite a few sessions and the reception staff have always been nice and friendly and so was Chris! Chris explained everything properly and in words I could understand, unlike other places I’d attended where they described what was wrong with my back in ‘professional terms’ that only they have had training to understand. Thankyou for all of you help!

5.0 rating

Chris is very knowledgeable and patient. If you are unable to take standard physio exercises, Chris specialises in the holistic side of things and has been able to relieve my symptoms with minimum effort.

5.0 rating

Chris has always managed to dianose and treat any issue I’ve had quickly and efficiently. I always recommend Impact Physiotherapy.

Tom Jackson
5.0 rating

I had an aching back that grew more painful over a period of time When referred by work to impact and had physio from Chris after the first appointment my pain lessened by the time I had had the course of 5 I am completely free of pain I keep up with the exercises given me and am completely happy with the results I received I would recommend lmpact to anyone who were needing physio

Clive Buckland
5.0 rating

I was referred to the Pride Park clinic by my GP after being diagnosed with a frozen shoulder. I saw two of your Physiotherapists- the first visit was with Phil & subsequent visits with Chris. Both were very gentle & professional & I was able to be signed off quicker than expected thanks to their ‘magic hands’. I would have no hesitation in recommending both of them

Billie Chapman
5.0 rating

Impact worked for 6 weeks with my teenage daughter. Chris made the excercises/physio plan enjoyable to do which helped in my daughter carrying out the excercises at home daily. Mass improvement seen in the strength of my daughters ankle following the physio plan.

Sarah Spencer
5.0 rating

Chris diagnosed my running injury as an overloaded achilles tendon. A structured program of exercises improved the problem and led on to stability based exercises. I am now building up my running distance again on the 3rd phase which is a Run/Walk program. Not there yet but thank you Chris

Steve White
5.0 rating

2 x 30 minute sessions with Chris has helped me start to get my legs back ,hopefully ,to start running 5k’s and upwards again.

5.0 rating

Cannot fault the service in any way. All staff very helpful and professional at all times. Chris Davenport was brilliant and has really helped me get back on track. Always very patient and polite. Thank you. Would highly recommend to anyone.

Joanne Moore
5.0 rating

Our teenage son suffered a slipped disc and was in increasing pain so I booked him in to see Chris Davenport. Chris has been fantastic, he’s very calm and listens to the details of the issue and any changes in the pain, considers our son’s lifestyle and then suggests different exercises to help also explaining why he’s chosen them. A highly recommended service ! Thank you

Christina Young
5.0 rating

The office is very clean and my physio, Chris, was very knowledgeable and attentive. The exercises he provided have begun to help in my recovery – thanks a lot!

Jake Brown
5.0 rating

I really found the online booking system fantastic quick and efficient it saved me a lot of time . Chris was knowledgeable and very helpful giving me excercises and a lot of advice. I felt completely at ease and found I benefited immensely from the few sessions we had . I have certainly recommended him to my gym colleagues and work associates .

5.0 rating

Following serious surgery I wanted to get back to cycling and running. Booking a Full Body MOT with Chris Davenport at Impact Physio worked a treat. Chris took time to understand the issues I had and how they affected my fitness. He developed a personal exercise schedule, remedial exercises for my knee injury and a plan for getting back running. His 4 week follow up provided an updated exercise schedule to continue my progression. The result is that I’m back cycling and running pain free and improving week by week. Thanks Chris and Impact Physio, I’m chuffed with how it went. Long Eaton Parkrun this weekend!

Brian Peto
5.0 rating

A bad back took me to the GPS who refered me to Impact Physiotherapy (Christopher). Thorough investigation and exercises with manipulation over 6 appointment. From the reception staff and Christopher nothing but respect, professional friendship and humour. I left on the mend knowing where to go and who to ask for if it returned. Thanks all involved.

5.0 rating

I have been working with Chris for several years now. I have far fewer migraines, my posture has improved and my IT band issues are a distant memory.

5.0 rating

I’m returning customer to Impact Physiotherapy. Their technique is absolutely brilliant. I could see a progress in a couple days. I would highly recommend this clinic. Special thank you to Fiona and Chris.

5.0 rating

I wish to thank Chris for his professionalism and knowledge of my problems and the whole experience with my time at Impact Physio therapy thank you to all j jay

5.0 rating

A huge thank you to the team at Impact for getting me through a difficult 6 months. Every time I visited Impact Chris was great at listening to my description of where I was feeling pain and the treatment I received always made things ten times better. Not only did Impact treat my physical ailments but they also provided emotional support and guidance in helping me to get the long term treatment I needed for recovery as well as helping me to look at changes I could make for long term success. Booking an appointment was an easy process and I always received emails with exercises we had discussed during an appointment within a day. I would definitely use Impact Physiotherapy again and would recommend their service to anyone.

5.0 rating

Chris made me feel comfortable, listened to my problem, talked about how we could improve it. And made me feel at ease when having treatment

Maureen Cox
5.0 rating

Chris is a great guy sorted my back and got me going Cheers

Steve Sexton
5.0 rating

Positive experience over 12 session with Chris. Felt that he listened to establish the problem & gave practical tips to cope with & improve the problem.

Christine Danby
5.0 rating

I have been referred a couple of times over the years to impact physio in long eaton and have always recovered quickly from my injuries i wouldn’t go anywhere else all staff are brilliant and chris always sorts me out. I recommend this place to all of my clients at work also.

Lynsey Martin
5.0 rating

Chris was kind, professional and thorough and really tried to ease my pain.

Linda Beardmore
5.0 rating

Chris was simply amazing, he practically had to teach me to walk again following a dislocation of my ankle and a fracture to my fibula. I thank him enough for his support and encouragement.

Karen Birch
5.0 rating

Chris is amazing! Solved my problem in one session and given me exercises to prevent further problems that I can incorporate into my day with ease! Many thanks!

Liz Jackson
5.0 rating

I’ve had ‘lower back’ pain almost constantly for two years,it’s completely impacted my life, it’s affected my dancing which I love, my gym sessions, even walking, shopping, doing the house work, after seeing Chris who is totally professional, he taught me which muscle group was causing the pain, how to work with it on a daily basis, which things to avoid in the gym that were agrravating it, he’s taught me exercises that I can do at home (or away) and in the gym to strengthen the msucles, I’m like a different person, no longer in pain. I can’t thank Chris enough, he’s completely changed my life.

Tina Lines
5.0 rating

Excellent service from both Rachel, the students and Chris – the interventions are making a world of difference already. I will definitely recommend you whenever I talk to someone who I think would benefit from your services. Thank you!

Vivienne S


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