Indian Head Massage Background
In India head massage, known as champissage, has been used for centuries for cleansing, relaxation and medical purposes. The practice began with women using it to treat their daughters’ hair. Head massages originated as part of the ancient Indian practice of medicine, called Ayurveda, based on balancing the body, mind and spirit to promote a long life. Ancient Indians believed that massage of all types, used with herbs, spices and oils, promoted strong muscles and skin, good health and encouraged the body’s natural healing powers.
Indian women began offering head massages to their daughters more than 1,000 years ago. They combined them with oils, which included coconut, almond and olive, to keep their hair in good condition. Traditional Indian head massage originally included just a massage of the scalp and hair. Modern Indian head massages include neck, face and shoulders as well. Those who receive an Indian head massage usually sit up and remain clothed, unlike many other types of massages.
The tradition of Indian head massages was confined to India until native Indian Narendra Mehta travelled to England in 1973 to study physiotherapy. He began offering the head massage practice in England and it spread to other Western countries as more people learnt the technique. Mehta also expanded the tradition to a more holistic massage of the head, neck and shoulder region. He used his heightened sensitivity as a blind man to identify the other areas related to the head that would also benefit from the massage.
It is believed that three of the major energy centres of the human body can be found in and around the head. These are the brow, the crown and the throat. Acting on a physical, mental and subtle level, Indian head massage stimulates these important energy centres, so helping to maintain the important balance of energy within the body, which in turn promotes a sense of wellbeing, positive energy and relaxation.
What to expect during and after an Indian head massage treatment
Our Clooney Terrace, Waterside, Derry ~ Londonderry Health Clinic has a quite and warm room dedicated to Holistic treatments like Indian Head Massage.
As this treatment can be done with the client full clothed and sitting comfortably, there is no need to remove any clothing or to lay down on the beauty bed, which makes the treatment suitable for those who are less familiar with massage requirements, shy or have a busy schedule to keep. This massage can be done with or without oil, however oil enhances the benefits of the massage and helps with improving the condition of the hair and scalp.
Before the treatment a consultation must be carried to ensure the massage is suited, safe and to achieve maximum results. The therapist will discuss a range of oils that can be used and select the appropriate type.
Treatment then begins with deep breathing and grounding from both the client and therapist to gain relaxation. The therapist will start the massage on the upper back, shoulders, neck and arms before reaching the head and finishing with a light facial massage. Pressure point on the head and face are also stimulated to further relaxation and rid the body, mind and soul of negative energy and toxins.
Once treatment comes to an end your therapist will allow you to rest for a few moments to gather your thoughts and emotions, bring you some water to sip over and listen to your feedback and give you aftercare in which you should follow.