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Indian Head Massage Indian head massage, is also referred to as Champissage (this is the Hindi word ‘champi’ meaning practice – fused with the Urdu word for massage).

Indian Head Massage or Champissage

This form of massage is so delectable that just thinking about it feels pretty magical - which is no surprise really, given its ancient roots in Ayurvedic healing - a go-to Indian tradition that’s had a 4,000 year run!

Indian head massage, is also referred to as Champissage (this is the Hindi word ‘champi’ meaning practice – fused with the Urdu word for massage).

In the 1970s an Indian physio and massage therapist, Mr Narendra Mehta, was living and practicing in London.

One day he was feeling nostalgic and missing his Indian roots decided to add in a few of traditional Ayurvedic massage techniques in with the treatment he was giving a client who sat enjoying his head massage in the treatment room chair.

Mr Mehta went about applying his additional Ayurvedic massage to the client’s upper back and shoulders, upper arms, neck and face.

The results were so successful and his client so delighted that Mr Mehta continued to do the same with all his clients, and word started to spread. By the early 80’s Mehta’s continued work, combined with his trips back to India to carry out deeper research, sparked the beginnings of Indian Champissage’s popularity in the West.

What exactly is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage, or champissage involves sitting in a chair, fully clothed while a therapist applies a thoroughly delightful, invigorating, uplifting and revitalizing head, neck and shoulder massage.

Two extra reasons why Indian Head Massage is so incredibly effective lies in:

  1. Its application of acupressure to these areas.
  2. The Ayurvedic energy balancing effects of aligning the upper three chakras or energy centres: vishuddah, ajna, and sahasrara. The result is a deep sense of peace, calm and well-being.

Booking an Indian head massage is a super smart move for most of us today.

This is because we live in such a digital world and it’s affecting our posture.  What’s required of your upper body when you text or scroll on mobile, watch videos on an iPad or sit at your computer – means it’s likely you naturally experience a degree of stiffness or discomfort in your head, neck and shoulder area.

Simply put, Indian Head Massage:

  • increases joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders
  • eliminates toxins and waste build up in your tissue
  • improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow
  • frees knots of muscular tension
  • relaxes connective tissue

PLUS, it’s truly excellent for reducing the misery-making effects of stress and tension.

People most commonly book an Indian Head Massage as a thoroughly relaxing treat. The chief aim of this type of head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders.

It is a truly brilliant help if you suffer from conditions such as...

  • neck and shoulder tension
  • tension headaches
  • sinus symptoms
  • and eye strain

It also;

  • Supports the nervous system by alleviating stress
  • Relaxes the head, neck and shoulders’ muscles.
  • Helps relieve eyestrain
  • Improves concentration
  • Boosts sleep quality

And, it works on a physical and mental level by concentrating on the areas that are most vulnerable to stress and tension...

What happens during an Indian Head Massage?

While you sit upright in a chair, your therapist will use a range of different movements - including application of deep kneading and compression movements - over the neck, shoulder and scalp areas.

Your therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the face.

An Indian Head Massage will usually last around 30 minutes.

Ideally you’ll be able to sit quietly for some time after the massage to allow the full benefit and bliss of your massage completely soak on in.

Did you know?

Indian Head Massage soothes and reduces sinus trouble when you have a cold. You can actually send your pain packing by massaging the pressure points along your cheekbones. If you ever visit India or Turkey and go to a local salon for a haircut, there’s a good chance you’ll have Indian Head Massage as a part of the service!

Remember: Drink lots of water after having a massage

After your massage make sure to drink plenty of water to rinse away cellular waste that’s been freed from your tissues.

What the medical community has to say:

More and more clinical studies are showing how all types of massage not only relax the body, but has positive impacts on blood pressure, heart rate, stress, depression and soft tissue soreness.  Evidence points to is ability to provide relief to the symptoms of a wide range of illnesses and health conditions.

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