What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage (or champissage) is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system.

It is a complementary therapy incorporating mind, body and spirit. The treatment has been practised in India for over a thousand years, originally to keep hair in beautiful condition by stimulating blood flow to the scalp which nourished the hair roots. A variety of herbs, spices and oils with known healing properties were used in the process which gave the added benefit of relieving a number of common scalp conditions.


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 well being, positive energy and relaxation

Indian head massage includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face and ears.

Numerous benefits are associated with Indian Head Massage, both physical and psychological, ranging from short to long term ones.


Physical Benefits
  • Relieves tension and improves mobiity in in the upper body and neck.

  • Improves blood circulation around the head and neck area assisting with the exchange of carbon dioxide nutrients and oxygen.

  • Improves lymphatic drainage from the head and neck so assisting with the removal of waste and toxins.

  • Relaxes the body so improving mental concentration.

  • Relieves eyestrain.

  • Reduces congestion and a number of sinus related problems.
Psychological benefits
  • Helps to balance the energy centres (or chakras) of the body through releasing pent up energy to help the body operate at its optimum capacity

  • Relieves headaches, migraines and other similar psychological ailments

  • Dramatically reduces stress mental tension and anxiety

  • Helps to alleviate insomnia

  • Revitalises and clears the mind, which in turn improves concentration and mental responsiveness

  • Helps to improve memory capabilities

  • Promotes a deep and lasting sense of peace, calm and tranquillity