Indian Head Massage
What is The Indian Head Massage?
The Indian Head Massage, better known today as ‘Champissage’, is a technique that has been practiced in India for over 1,000 years. Initially instated as a technique that solely focused on the head and hair to improve the hair and scalp condition of Indian women, the practice has evolved, thanks to the work of Narendra Mehta.
Champissage has evolved to incorporate the systematic treatment of the upper back, shoulders, neck, upper arms and face in an effort to manipulate and unblock energy channels that have become blocked, causing a build up of negative energies which can cause the onset of ailments such as stress and anxiety. Through the alleviation of these ailments via unblocking energy channels within the body, the whole body can benefit.
For his dedication and development to the field of champissage, Narendra Mehta has been honoured with an MBE by Princess Anne, at Buckingham Palace.
How does it work?
Champissage is an excellent treatment that benefits from the ability to be performed anywhere, in a relatively short space of time, and without the need for essential oils or the removal of any items of clothing. Champissage will ordinarily be performed on an individual who is in a seated position who is then treated with a variety of techniques to manipulate soft tissue.
After a session, usually lasting 15 to 20 minutes whereby a practitioner will use a range of different massage pressures and rhythms to stimulate the head, neck, upper back, and shoulder area, a recipient should experience instant relief from symptoms of stress and tension, and in their place experience a state of calm, peace, and tranquillity as well as promotion of high levels of alertness and concentration.
What can it treat?
As well as promoting healthy hair and a healthy scalp, champissage can be administered to assist in:
- Loosening the scalp
- Relaxing the whole body
- Dispersing toxins from tense, knotted muscles
- Improving circulation of blood around the body, and the intake of oxygen
- Improving stimulation and improving the circulation of the lymphatic system
- Relaxation of specific muscles in order to provide immediate relief
- Correction of disturbed sleeping patterns, i.e. ailments such as insomnia
- Refreshment of mental ability i.e. rejuvenated awareness and concentration
- Relief from mental and emotional stress