In its country of origin, Indian Head Massage is known as 'Champissage'. The Hindi word Champi – meaning shampoo, and Sage – to massage. In most households in India, hair and scalp massage is an integral part of family life. Originally developed by women as part of their grooming routine to keep their hair strong and healthy. It was and still is traditional for the women in the household to massage each others scalp on a daily basis.
Narendra Mehta, an Ayurvedic practitioner, introduced an adaptation of this to the West in the 1980s, which included massage oils and Chakra work. He extended the massage to include not only the scalp but the upper back, shoulders, arms and face. This treatment has become a well renowned therapy ever increasing in popularity.
What to expect during and after a treatment
An Indian Head Massage will last for 30 minutes. This is a seated massage and includes, as above, the upper back, neck and shoulders, arms, face and scalp and a Chakra balance at the end. This can be carried out using massage oils or if the client prefers it can be done over clothes. The client can also choose if they would like extra oil in their hair. After the treatment the client may feel tired but this will pass after the body has cleared itself of toxins. Drink plenty of water and a feeling of vitality will soon follow. You may also be thirsty, this is caused by the bodies need to flush away the toxins that have been released during the treatment. Rest and relax after the treatment in order for your body to heal itself fully. If possible try to avoid drinking alcohol, caffeinated tea and coffee and eat a light meal. Please note, you hair will get quite oily so bring a hair band if you have long hair and wish to tie your hair up after the treatment.
The benefits of Indian Head massage can be both physical and psychological. The increased flow of energy will clear and stimulate the mind and body.
Eases tension headaches
Can help to alleviate insomnia
Stimulates the lymphatic system
Smoothes and softens the skin and hair
Increases blood flow to the scalp thus improving hair growth
Relieves tension and stiffness in the back, neck and shoulders
Clears and calms the mind
Improves alertness and concentration
Relieves stress, anxiety and mental tension
Promotes a feeling of balance and calmness
Indian Head Massage is a completely safe treatment however there may be certain conditions which would mean this type of massage is not suitable. Please let us know if you have any of the following:
Thrombosis or embolism
Recent neck or head injury
High or low blood pressure
Skin diseases or disorders of the skin
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