A wonderfully relaxing but invigorating therapy massaging the scalp, head, neck, shoulders and upper arms to ease body tension, improve hair health and balance the body using Chakra energy.
Indian head massage helps to release stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders and to leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and uplifted.
A range of movements are used including deep kneading and compression over the neck and shoulders, frictions, plucking and squeezing across the scalp and gentle stimulation of the pressure points on the face.
One of the benefits of Indian Head Massage is convenience. The treatment is only 30 minutes and takes place fully clothed and seated and oils are not necessary. However, if you do wish to have oils, it is advisable to wear a vest top that you can drop the shoulder straps down. If oils are not being used, please wear a t-shirt or top without a collar.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is believed to be especially good for relieving the following symtoms:
- Stress & tension, particularly in the head, neck and shoulder region
- Fatigue/low energy
- Migraine and tension headaches
- Tempromandibular Joint (TMJ) dysfunction
History of Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage or “champissage” is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years using the upper Chakras (energy centres) in the body. Massage is an important part of Indian culture throughout a person’s life. In addition to the holistic effect of Indian head massage it also has a direct effect in stimulating circulation in the scalp and encouraging healthy hair. Traditionally, Indian head massage is used in conjunction with seasonal oils to strengthen and condition the hair. Indian barbers also traditionally use massage (champi) as part of the treatment they give to male clients.
The idea of Indian head massage was brought to the western world by Narendra Mehta in the 1970s. He also went on to incorporate neck, shoulder and upper arms in the treatment for maximum benefit. The treatment we now know and love has evolved and adapted and is much more gentle than the traditional treatment you may have in India.