Indian Head Massage
What is Indian Head Massage?
Known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, shoulders, and arms, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. It is understood that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and improve physical well-being, but it can also improve mental and emotional wellness too.
Indian head massage, originated from India and is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been used in India for over 2000 years, (since around 600 B.C.), and requires no oils or equipment, making it a very accessible treatment, perfect for newcomers to massage. It is usually done while seated and through light clothing.
Indian Head Massage (IHM) is now immensely popular amongst Western cultures. This is due to its simplicity and portability, that allows it to be utilised anywhere and everywhere, making relaxation and holistic wellness more accessible for everyone.
Indian Head Massage is a simple and deeply relaxing therapy that is very effective in combating the muscle tension, pressures and stress of modern living.
Indian Head Massage involves massage to the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp and face. Treatment can either be relaxing or energising, to meet your particular needs. You will remain semi clothed covered by a towel around your body and be seated comfortably in a chair.
Indian Head Massage is suitable for men, women, and children of all ages. It is very suitable for pregnant ladies.
Techniques including champissage, circling under the occipital bone at the back of the head, thumbing along the tops of the shoulders, head rubbing, and gentle root pulling, tapping, combine to make this a varied and highly enjoyable Massage routine.
What can you expect?
A typical Indian head massage treatment, usually starts with the shoulders, working into this area especially as it often holds a lot of tension. The upper back may also be massaged working around the shoulder blade. Following this, flowing motions will move up the neck massaging and stretching to relieve any stress and tension. Then some rotacion of arms. Finally, the scalp is then massaged along the acupressure points on the head, sensations such as gentle hair root pulling and light finger hacking and tapping on the head are performed, followed up by the forehead and the area around the eyes.
These techniques will always be done within your comfort level and are designed to be stimulating and invigorating whilst also being highly enjoyable. No oil is used so you do not need to worry about oil on your hair or clothes.
Benefits of Indian head massage
As well as being very enjoyable and soothing, Indian Head Massage has the effect of stimulating the mind and body. Among the benefits are:
- Reduce general tension in the body, particularly the neck and shoulders
- Relieve headaches and migraine
- Soothe anxiety and stress
- Relieve fatigue
- Improve sinusitis
- Aid sleep quality and encouraging healthy sleep patterns
- Stimulate hair regrowth where follicles remain intact. By increasing oxygen in the hair follicles hair growth.
- Renews and balances energy levels by working with the three higher chakras
- Relieves symptoms of depression through relaxation
- Stimulates lymphatic drainage by circulating blood to the neck area
- Improves circulation of cerebrospinal fluid
You can come for an Indian Head Massage as often as you enjoy or need.
The treatment will leave you feeling deeply relaxed and balanced as the massage works to relieve muscle tension, relax tired eye muscles, re-balance the flow of energy within the body and trigger the release of endorphins within the brain.
Higher chakras are balance at the end of the treatment.