Indian Head Massage
Indian Head Massage has its roots in the very ancient healing practice of India. It is an Ayurvedic therapy,
whose central aim is to balance the mind , body and spirit.
It has been practised for thousands of years and originally carried out
by woman who massaged their heads with natural oils in the belief that it would make their hair healthy and strong.
This practice was also taken up by Indian barbers offering ‘champi’ (head massage) as part of their treatment.
The western word ‘shampoo’ originates from the Hindi word ‘champi’ and sometimes Indian Head Massage is referred to as ‘champissage’.
Originally it was only the head and hair that were massaged but techniques have developed to include the face, ears, neck, shoulders and upper arms.
The head, neck and shoulders are all energy centres where tension can build up, making IHM an ideal treatment
which gently but effectively massages the problem areas, thereby relieving overall tension throughout the body.
Oils may be used, but it is also possible to perform the whole routine without oil, whilst fully clothed and seated in a chair,
making this a very versatile and adaptable therapy.
Physiologically, massage of the neck and shoulders can bring immediate relief from stress and tension in the major muscle groups.
The circulatory and lymphatic systems are improved, reducing hypertonicity in muscles and restoring flexibility and fluidity of movement.
Massaging the scalp stimulates the flow of blood to the fair follicles, which in turn increases the supply of nutrients required for healthy hair growth.
In addition to the physiological benefits, IHM works on an emotional level by promoting mental relaxation inducing feelings of calm and tranquility.