Head massage turns into headache for police

January 6th, 2009 - 1:23 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Jan 6 (IANS) Britain’s Sussex Police are having to justify a particular expense in recession time - proposing to spend 10,000 pounds on Indian head massages.Bidders were invited to tender for the contract to provide “onsite Indian head massage services to specific departments within Sussex Police”. They recently put out a tender to employ head masseurs for staff at emergency call centres in Sussex.

The police said the service aims to “relieve the pressure” of answering phones at call centres.

The force, which employs some 400 staff at its call centres at Brighton, Haywards Heath and Lewes, said the current three-year contract had come to an end.

But Conservative MP Nick Herbert was not impressed and called for an explanation for the expense.

The shadow justice secretary told West Sussex Today newspaper: “I cannot believe that public money is being spent on offering Indian head massages to police or police staff. At a time when the authority is telling us how strapped for cash they are, you have to question whether this is a responsible use of public money.”

Masseurs specialised in the Indian head massage are much in demand in Britain. Several firms employ them to help de-stressing their executives. Courses in Indian head massaging can cost up to 80 pounds a training session.

The general definition of an Indian head massage put out by the trainers on their websites is: “Indian Head Massage is a technique of manipulating soft tissues in the shoulders and scalp. The therapist uses a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head and neck area. A typical massage lasts about 20 minutes.”

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