Indian Head Massage

A holistic treatment

Indian head massage, also known as “Champissage” is based on the healing principles of traditional Ayurvedic medicine, which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years.

It is a very relaxing treatment that uses acupressure massage on the head, face, neck and shoulders to rebalance all the body energies.

More than 4,000 years ago in India, mothers traditionally massaged the scalp of their daughters using different oils with therapeutic properties, in order to fortify their hair.

It was also a widespread practice among barbers who consistently provided a scalp massage after cutting hair.

This massage technique was confined to India until the native Narandra Mehta moved to Britain in 1973 to study physiotherapy.

He began there to offer head massages using his intensified senses as a blind person, to identify areas related to the head that could also benefit from massage. This is how he enriched his technique, including the areas of the head and face, shoulders, neck and arms, proposing a new popular holistic massage, called Ayurvedic head massage. His knowledge then spread to Western countries as other practitioners were learning his new technique.

During the treatment, a series of specific massages are applied in the treated areas: upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face. The massage provides real relaxation while offering deep mental rest and an amazing state of well-being.

The massage begins with the upper back by following a combination of intense massages and pressure points to relax muscles and relieve tension. Then we move to the shoulders and arms to liberate areas where stress and tension build up. The massage continues on the neck to relieve headaches by improving the flow of cerebrospinal fluid.

Then the scalp area is worked where a series of brushing, rubbing, kneading, friction and percussion are applied in order to ease tensions and revitalise the scalp, generating healthy and shiny hair, through stimulation from the bloodstream.

The treatment ends with a gentle facial massage to stimulate blood circulation, improve skin tone and relieve any sinus pain and headaches.

Within Feelharmony studio, I welcome you in a calm and comfortable space where you can listen to soothing music that will help you to relax and even better fully enjoy your massage.

Ayurvedic head massage is performed without oil and you will be sitting fully dressed on a comfortable chair. Treatment duration is about 30 minutes.

In 2009, I followed the  Ayurvedic Head massage training course in Hong Kong.

RELIEVES MUSCLE TENSION:

  • Releases muscle spasms and prevents muscular fibre adhesions, while relieving pain.
  • Soothes inflamed tissues and reduces the bone and joint overload.
  • Eases away eyestrain and prevents visual tiredness.

 

REDUCES FATIGUE AND RELIEVES MIGRAINES:

  • Increases bloodstream to the head, neck and shoulders, increases the oxygenation and the nutrition of tissues through the blood circulation.
  • Accelerates the lymphatic flow to the head, neck and shoulders, allowing better elimination of accumulated toxins, while reducing oedema and stimulating the immune system.

 

 

DECREASES THE STATES OF STRESS AND ANXIETY:

  • Reduces sympathetic nervous activity and blood pressure, lessens stress and anxiety.
  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, thus calming emotional stress, repressed feelings, anxiety and mood disorders.

 

FIGHTING INSOMNIA:

  • Activates the parasympathetic nervous system which helps to generate a physical and mental relaxation, encouraging slow and quiet breathing to restore restful sleep.

 

PROMOTES CONCENTRATION:

  • Enhances the amount of oxygen supply to the brain, relieves mental fatigue, stimulates our ability to concentrate and improves our mental lucidity.