In Champissage, the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face are massaged. Indian head massage was brought to the West by Narendra Mehta MBE in the 1970s. He went on to establish the London Centre of Indian Champissage, based in North London.
Where did the Indian head massage originate from?
The true origins of Indian Head Massage lie in the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda. It was developed by holy men (Rishis) from the Himalayan region of India around 1800BC.
What is the purpose of an Indian head massage?
Indian head massage is a relaxing holistic treatment that uses acupressure massage to release stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. It aims to rebalance your body’s energies.
What is involved in an Indian head massage?
Indian head massage combines techniques to include various massage strokes and acupressure points. Treatment includes kneading and probing of the neck and shoulder areas. The scalp is then massaged, using squeezing, tapping, rubbing or prodding motions.
How long should an Indian head massage last?
An Indian head massage usually lasts for approximately 30-45 minutes, although the treatment can be shortened to 15-20 minutes if it takes place in the workplace. You will be invited to take a seat and relax on a low backed chair.
How often should you get a head massage?
One study in Korea showed that women working in an office experienced these health benefits from 15- to 25-minute scalp massages twice a week for 10 weeks. You may find a regular scalp massage helps you feel calm and improves your overall outlook.
Who should not have an Indian head massage?
Indian Head Massage may not be suitable if you:
- have a fever.
- have recently had an operation or have an acute injury.
- are in the first trimester of pregnancy.
- suffer from cardiovascular conditions such as thrombosis, hypertension or angina.
- have a pace maker or heart condition.
- have diabetes.
- have psoriasis or eczema.
Should you wash your hair before an Indian head massage?
Do I have to wash my hair before treatment? No, but you will need to remove any ornaments, clips etc from your hair before treatment.
How does Indian Head Massage improve blood circulation?
The lymphatic system removes waste products from the tissues and back to the heart. Indian head massage aids in this process by stimulating circulation, encouraging the natural drainage of the lymph. It also helps in bringing new nutrients and oxygen to cells.