What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage has been practiced in India for thousands of years and is based on the ancient Ayurvedic medical system. It is a holistic therapy incorporating mind, body and spirit.
Indian Head Massage is a safe, simple and yet effective therapy in which the therapist uses their hands to knead, rub and squeeze the muscles of the upper back, upper arms, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. A de-stressing programme for the whole body, Indian head Massage treats the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension in the upper back, neck, shoulders and head. It works on both physical and mental levels, leaving you relaxed, refreshed and alert.
It is particularly beneficial to anyone who sits for a long period of time, for example computer users, who often experience pain and tension in the neck and shoulders and may also be prone to eye-strain, headaches and lapses in concentration.
It is an excellent introduction to massage for those who have experienced it before, particularly as the massage is carried out with the client seated in an ordinary chair and without the need for them to undress. The use of oils on the scalp is optional.
When carried out on a regular basis, Indian Head Massage is renowned for helping to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and mental tension. Regular Head Massage also stimulates the circulation to the hair follicles which can help to maintain a healthy head of hair.
A Brief History of Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage is also known as Champissage and is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system dating back thousands of years. The name 'Ayurveda' is derived from the words 'Ayur' which means 'life' and 'veda' which means 'science or knowledge'. Ayurveda is a way of life which aims to bring about physical, mental and spiritual health, in other words it is 'holistic'.
Indian Head Massage has been practiced in India for over a thousand years and is an integral part of daily life. The technique was originally developed by women who practised on their family and friends of all ages. The women used different oils, such as sesame, coconut and mustard oil according to the season to keep hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition. The techniques were, and still are, passed from mother to daughter and the treatment is also given as part of a traditional ceremony prior to an Indian wedding
Not only is Indian Head Massage performed at home within families, but it is also common to see it being performed on street corners, the beach and in barber's shops. Traditionally barbers also use massage and offer 'champi' as part of the treatment. 'Shampoo' comes from the Hindi word 'Champna' which means to 'knead and massage the scalp and hair', hence the name 'Champissage'.
Despite the long history of Indian Head Massage in India, the technique has only been used in Britain since the early 1980's when it was introduced by Narendra Mehta. Mr. Mehta, blind since the age of one, was born in India and consequently Indian Head Massage played a very important part in his life. Upon immigrating to the UK in the 1970's he found it extremely difficult to receive a skilled Indian Head Massage from a qualified practioner in England.
Narendra decided to return to India to learn an authentic Indian Head Massage and did so in 1978. During his studies, he realised that a short relaxing massage applied to the head, neck and shoulders would release a lot if the stress and tension experienced by the working people in Western society. On this basis he expanded upon the practice of Champissage and extended the technique to include massage of the upper back, neck, shoulders and face.
In 1981 Narendra Mehta showcased the therapy at the Mind, Body and Spirit exhibition in London, and since then, thousands of people have enjoyed the many benefits of this form of massage.
The benefits of Indian Head Massage are numerous and can include the following:-
* Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage to the head, neck, scalp, face and shoulder area
* A deep sense of relaxation and a feeling of total well-being
* Relief from headaches and migraine
* Improvement in concentration and memory
* Relaxation of the muscles of the head, neck and shoulder area
* Nourished scalp, encouraging strong, healthy hair
* Alleviation of eyestrain
* Healthy skin
* Confidence and improved self-esteem
* Relief from anxiety and insomnia
* Increased blood flow to the head and neck
* Improvement of joint mobility
* Relaxation of the scalp
Scalp massage increases blood flow around the head, with obvious benefits to your thought processes as well as hair condition. This massage also works on the 3 highest chakras (energy channels), related to self-expression, intuition, wisdom and awareness.