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Indian Head Massage (also called “champissage”) involves specific massage movements to the head, face, upper back neck, shoulders and arms. It is an extremely relaxing therapy based on Ayurveda, an ancient healing healthcare system which aims to balance the mind, body and spirit thereby encouraging the body’s natural healing ability. Indian Head Massage has been practised in India for over a thousand years and was originally carried out by women who massaged their heads with natural vegetable oils as they believed it made their hair healthy and strong. Massage features strongly in Indian life with the skills being handed down through the generations.
Using a variety of different techniques, the massage works to release any blocked negative energy in the body (often felt as stress or tension in the muscles) that may be felt as disease or injury in any one of the seven Chakras (energy centres) in the body, e.g. headaches or stiff neck and shoulders. Pressure is applied to certain points on the neck, shoulders and head that correspond to each Chakra (which is a similar approach to that of Reflexology). This helps to restore balance to the body, unblocks the Chakras and allows for a free flow of energy around the body, which helps restore optimum health and feelings of well being.

The versatility of Indian Head Massage, i.e. that it can be given in either a prone or seated position, with or without the use of oils and also through clothing if necessary makes it an especially useful therapy within the workplace. It leaves workers relaxed but refreshed and energised to continue with their working day. Also, agitated children can be calmed by its soothing “stroking” movements and the elderly find this form of caring touch equally calming and soothing.
Benefits – Indian Head massage may prove beneficial by:
  • Relieving built up tension that often causes headache, migraine, neck, shoulder and back pain
  • Promoting relaxation, which encourages deeper breathing which means more oxygen is supplied to the body and brain, which in turn can boost energy and concentration levels
  • Stimulating the flow of blood to the hair follicles which encourages healthy hair growth
  • Improving the circulation which enhances general health and helps to dispel muscular tension and improve muscle tone
  • Helping to increase mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders
  • Helping to detoxify the body by stimulating lymphatic drainage and boosting overall immunity
  • Relieving symptoms of sinusitis
  • Helping to relieve restlessness and sleep problems
  • Easing symptoms of anxiety
  • Increasing feelings of peace, calm and well being
What to Expect
Indian Head Massage is a non-invasive and relaxing therapy. During the treatment, you will be sat in a comfortable chair with good back support. It is best to wear loose, comfortable clothes, so that you can relax more easily. If oils are chosen, then I would ask you to remove your upper body garments, so that your shoulders and upper back are exposed. I will leave the room whilst you prepare and provide you with a towel to wrap around your trunk. However, if you prefer, I can give the treatment through your clothing.

Prior to your first treatment I will conduct a health consultation. This usually takes about 10 minutes and is to help establish what your main reason for seeking treatment is and if there are any reasons why the treatment might not be appropriate for you; and in such cases I would seek advice and suggest the relevant referral. All information recorded will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act and will remain totally confidential.
The treatment usually lasts 30-35 minutes. The massage starts at the upper back, applying pressure to points to relieve tension and relax the muscles. I will then move onto the shoulders, arms and then the neck, head and face. You may feel areas of transient discomfort during the treatment but generally the experience should be extremely relaxing.
Whilst I am confident that you will feel great after your Indian Head Massage, there is a chance you may not look great. Whether you choose to include oil or not in the treatment, your hair will look somewhat tussled and possibly rather greasy, so you might like to bring a hairbrush and/or a hat to wear on the way home from your session!