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All About Indian Champissage

By: Sarah Knowles BA, MA - Updated: 15 May 2012 | comments*Discuss
Indian Champissage Head Massage Tension

If you’ve ever enjoyed a relaxing head massage at the hairdresser’s, you know how good it can feel. But did you know that amazingly, the benefits of a head massage are a lot more far-reaching than simply above the neck?

Most people respond to the idea of getting a decent head rub, which can actually release tension all through the body. Now you can take a head rub one step further, with what is known as Indian Champissage.

Indian Champissage is not just a fancy word for Indian head massage, which originated thousands of years ago in India and is still routinely practiced today. It is a massage that starts with the head and then spreads to the shoulders, upper back, and even the neck and ears.

As it seeks to promote deep relaxation and relieve muscle tension as well as rebalance the body’s energy flows, it’s a type of massage that many people love. It’s easier to get – and potentially less embarrassing – than a back massage, yet equally relaxing and beneficial – if not more so.

Background of Indian Head Massages

Indian head massages were thought to originate among women with long hair, who hired people to massage their heads while distributing natural oils through their long tresses.

These massages had a two-fold effect: the women not only got a relaxing and stimulating massage, but also were able to keep their hair well-oiled with natural oils such as almond oil, herbal oil, mustard oil and various hennas.

But one day a blind healer called Narendra Mehta, who was born in Bombay but had moved to England, decided to research the head massages of his youth.

Not content with a massage that ended at the scalp, he decided to expand upon and enlarge the concept of a head massage, moving it down to the shoulders and beyond. Having suffered no sight since age one, Mr. Mehta believes his specially developed sense of touch helped in his quest to develop the perfect massage.

In 1981 Mr. Mehta introduced his concept of Indian Champissage to the UK, reintroducing ancient techniques used for centuries to relieve tension and promote relaxation. A new alternative therapy was born.

Benefits of Indian Champissage

When done properly, all types of head massage can be beneficial and promote a lessening of tension as well as deep relaxation. Indian Champissage in particular is designed to:

  • Relieve tension headaches, shoulder stiffness and neck pain
  • Restore mobility in the joints
  • Relieve muscle tension throughout the body
  • Balance the body’s chakras, or energy levels
  • Increase the uptake of oxygen throughout the body’s tissues
  • Promote a feeling of calmness and relaxation; relieve depression
  • Feel good

Soothing and Relaxing

Stress that accumulates over the years is no good for everyone, and accumulated stress can result in lots of negative health problems, including joint pain, stiffness, headaches, depression and even hair loss.

Indian Champissage is purported to help people get rid of that accumulation of stress, unblocking channels of energy that contribute to negative feelings. It feels good and is non-invasive, and is almost guaranteed to make people feel better – if only for a little while.

Compared to many other types of massage, Indian Champissage does not require people to undress, and also does not rely on oils. It is suitable for virtually anyone, although if you have a medical condition you should make it known at the beginning of the session.

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