Welcome to our IHMC Hall of Fame where we feature people who have made a real contribution to the world of Indian Head Massage. Today we talk to Mary Dalgleish, therapist, tutor and author. We are delighted that Mary will be a guest speaker at our Indian Head Massage CPD Seminar on October 19th 2019 in Brighton.
1. What treatments or courses do you offer and where are you based?
I am based in London and have a busy private practice near Wimbledon. I teach courses in London & Dublin. You can find all about my range of courses and treatments from my website: www.head2toemassage.co.uk
2. How did you become a therapist in Indian Head Massage?
While studying Aromatherapy at the Tisserand Institute in London in Autumn 1997, I attended a MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Show in London with some of my fellow students. I came across Narendra Mehta who was offering Indian Champissage (head massage) treatments. I was fascinated by the treatment and by Narendra who was blind, but had a wonderful sense of touch. I picked up a leaflet about his training courses and a few months later I enrolled on a Champissage training course. I really enjoyed it all, and after doing my case studies and exam, Narendra offered me a job helping out with the courses at weekends.
It was a wonderful opportunity for me to work alongside Narendra and his wife Kundan and I learned a lot from them both. I realised how much I enjoyed teaching adults and also teaching a subject that I loved, and this propelled my teaching career off in a new direction – from teaching children to teaching massage and anatomy & physiology in various adult education centres and private colleges. I still teach Indian Champissage and various other courses on behalf of the London Centre of Indian Champissage (LCIC) which Narendra and Kundan established in 1995. Narendra was awarded an MBE for his services to complementary therapies. He sadly passed away in his beloved India in 2011, but his spirit and memory live on and LCIC is going from strength to strength under the management of Narendra’s Godson, Moses Chundi.
3. What do you love most about Indian Head Massage?
I love the fact that Indian Head Massage is so accessible to everyone. It requires no undressing or use of oils (although oils can be used on the scalp to benefit various hair and scalp conditions and this is offered to clients). No specialist equipment is required as it can be done on a regular chair. so this makes it an ideal mobile treatment for therapists. IHM is the perfect way to combat stress in the workplace and the treatment can be easily adapted to suit the individual.
4. What is your greatest professional achievement?
I am proud to have had the opportunity to write a couple of holistic therapy books, including an Indian Head Massage book, co-authored with my friend and colleague Lesley Hart, with foreword by the late Narendra Mehta. This book was first published by Hodder Arnold as “Indian Head Massage in Essence” and has now been re-published as Indian Head Massage – The Essential Guide. We receive lots of messages from students and teachers of IHM who have found the book invaluable in their training.
5. How do you relax?
Every day, no matter what. I take time out to do a mindfulness ‘self-knowledge’ practice which helps me to stop, feel my breath, say thank you and be mindful of what’s really important in life and of all the gifts I already have. I like to do this first thing in the morning before my mind rushes in to remind me of all the tasks I have to do. It really sets me up for the day ahead and helps me to live more in the moment and feel the joy of simply being alive, irrespective of my circumstances. I have noticed that by being grateful to life for what I already have, more seems to come my way!
6. Please share one piece of advice for life.
We are not here for ever, so cherish every moment, be kind, never regret anything, follow your dreams and find what you love to do. As Steve Jobs said: “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
For more information on Mary’s treatments and accredited courses please visit her website: www.head2toemassage.co.uk