Indian Head Massage, or Champi in Hindi, has been practised for over a thousand years by Indian women using different oils, to keep their long hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition. Part of Ayurvedic medicine, texts dating back nearly 4000 years detail that massage with herbs, spices and aromatic oils play an important role in health and wellbeing by clearing energy blocks which are said to create disease.
I first experienced Indian Head Massage in a City hairdresser and it kept me going back for years!
Today, Indian Head Massage is an adapted version of a traditional treatment used in India to promote relaxation. While the treatment is focussed on the head, scalp, face, neck, shoulders and upper arms, it has a whole-body effect because of the acupressure points stimulated throughout the upper body area. A treatment aids circulation, lymph drainage, relieves tension and boosts memory. It is a truly restorative massage.
Indian Head Massage is perfect for busy or stressed people. It is carried out while you are seated and clothed, with just your arms and shoulders exposed. Oils are not usually used but can be included to increase the therapeutic effect of the massage.
There can be some side effects associated with the Indian head massage. At times, you may experience fatigue and drowsiness or muscle pain. Sometimes, you may also experience an increased urge to urinate due to the elimination of body toxins and waste materials. However, these side effects may not last for more than an hour, after which you will undoubtedly feel revived and in high spirits.
Indian head massage should be avoided if you have gone through a recent head, neck, or back surgery, or if you have a history of thrombosis, embolism, or spondylitis. You should not have alcohol at least five hours before going for the head massage.
NB: Please avoid treatment if you have a recent head, neck or back injury, are in the early stages of pregnancy or if you are have a diagnosis of epilepsy, thrombosis or embolism.
On your first visit a brief case history is taken to assess your health and treatment needs.
Indian Head Massage is carried out with the client seated in a chair with only the upper back, chest and neck exposed. Towels are used to protect clothing and to maintain a comfortable body temperature.
Please avoid eating an hour before and after treatment and ensure you drink plenty of water for the rest of the day/evening.
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