indian head massage

Tra­di­tion­al­ly adopt­ed in every­day fam­i­ly life in India, Indi­an Head Mas­sage com­bines gen­tle and stim­u­lat­ing tech­niques on the back, arms, shoul­ders, neck, head and face. It can help to improve blood flow, alle­vi­ate headaches, release sinus­es and get bet­ter sleep by bal­anc­ing the ener­gies of the upper body. The treat­ment is per­formed with the client ful­ly clothed and seat­ed in a chair. 

Five stages in Indi­an Head Massage

Indi­an head mas­sage is gen­er­al­ly per­formed in five stages. The process starts by mas­sag­ing the back area, then the shoul­ders and neck, mov­ing along the arms, then mas­sag­ing the scalp and final­ly the face while the client sits com­fort­ably on a mas­sage chair. Mas­sage oil is applied only to the neck and face area. The rest of the body parts are mas­saged over the client’s clothing.

Ben­e­fits of Indi­an Head Massage

After receiv­ing an Indi­an Head Mas­sage, it is nor­mal to you feel relaxed, calm, and reju­ve­nat­ed. It is also nat­ur­al that you feel sleepy. To get the max­i­mum ben­e­fits of the treat­ment, it is advis­able to drink plen­ty of water to flush out the toxins.

In addi­tion to the ben­e­fits men­tioned at the start, you may also expe­ri­ence back pain relief, accel­er­at­ed hair growth and a boost in memory.

But what is Indi­an Head Massage?

Indi­an Head Mas­sage is also referred to as “Champi” in Indi­an cul­ture and has evolved out of the Ayurvedic tra­di­tion. The ther­a­pist uses around 40 mas­sage tech­niques to help with the flow of ener­gies in the body. Ayurvedic heal­ers have been using this rem­e­dy for thous­nads of years to treat headaches, stress, insom­nia, mus­cle ten­sion, migraines, and sinusitis.

His­to­ry of Indi­an Head Massage

Naren­dra Mehta was a blind man who grew up in a com­mu­ni­ty where “Champi” was very com­mon and impor­tant. When he trav­elled to Eng­land in the 1970s as a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist, he was sur­prised to find that head mas­sage was not being prac­ticed any­where. He was also dis­ap­point­ed that mas­sag­ing of the head was com­plete­ly neglect­ed even dur­ing a full-body massage.

He came back to India in 1978 to con­tin­ue his research and prac­tice Indi­an head mas­sage in local bar­ber­shops. It was only in 1981 that Naren­dra Mehta offi­cial­ly pre­sent­ed the new mas­sage ther­a­py called “Indi­an Champ­is­sage” at an exhi­bi­tion in Olympia Eng­land. The ben­e­fits of head mas­sag­ing were quick­ly expe­ri­enced by the Euro­peans so it was­n’t long before the heal­ing tech­nique spread through­out Europe.

Today head mas­sage is used seper­ate­ly or as part of holis­tic treat­ments in heal­ing cen­tres and spas all over the world.