When it comes to relaxation people are becoming more and more imaginative as the stresses and strains of the 21st Century life take their toll. There are many complimentary and alternative therapies to choose from, grounded in the traditions of the ancients, but few are quite as well suited for the classic problems caused by everyday tensions as Indian Head Massage.
Indian Head Massage has its roots deep within Indian culture. It was originally practiced by Indian women as part of daily family grooming and as a means of bonding with their family. As such, it was passed down the generations from mother to daughter. Indian Head Massage is often seen practiced by Indian barbers as part of a visit to the barber.
In 1973 Narendra Mehta, an osteopath and massage therapist, travelled to England from India to study physiotherapy. During the intervening years, he was dismayed to learn that most massages, even full-body massages, did not extend farther than one’s neck and shoulders. Having grown to appreciate head massage as a way of life in India, he realized how much he missed the soothing sessions administered by the local barber and relatives back home. Visually impaired since early childhood, Mehta was extraordinarily receptive to touch therapy. In 1978 he decided to return to India to research the physiological benefits of head massage, and spent the next couple of years documenting the skills and traditions of this technique, giving it his own personal flavour and expanding it to suit Western tastes. He developed a technique that combined massage of the face and ears, chakra balancing and scalp massage. He named his technique Indian champissage, derived from champi, an Indian word meaning head massage. Today the technique is known as both champissage and Indian head massage.
What are the benefits?
The upper part of the body is particularly vulnerable to stress and poor posture. Tension accumulates in the neck, back, shoulders and head. Massaging these areas has a very potent effect – de-stressing the whole body.
This particular form of massage can be used to relieve eyestrain, insomnia, migraines, stiff necks and shoulders and headaches. It also relaxes and tones the facial muscles and stimulates and nourishes the hair and scalp.
- Champissage helps to ease stress symptoms such as knotted muscles, headaches, eye strain and insomnia
- By stretching and mobilizing tissues of the neck and shoulders, joint mobility is improved
- The circulation is stimulated which promotes the elimination of toxins and increases the supply of oxygen to cells
- The movements loosen the scalp, promote hair growth and encourages healthy hair
- Relief is provided for conditions such as sinusitis and catarrh
- Champissage aids concentration and helps combat anxiety and depression
- At the end of a session the whole body feels relaxed and revitalized, and you are left with a deep sense of peace and tranquility.
Indian Head Massage is suitable and beneficial for everybody, whatever the age!