What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage,
is an ancient art based on a traditional system of medicine known as
Ayurveda, which has been practiced in India for over three thousand
years and is becoming increasingly popular in the West. The word
Ayurveda comes from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India, and means
"knowledge of life". This form of massage addresses those areas where
we tend to hold a great deal of tension.
What to expect during an Indian Head Massage Treatment
You can expect to be comfortably seated in chair in a relaxing
atmosphere while the Indian Head Massage practitioner massages your
scalp, face, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. A treatment usually
lasts thirty minutes.
The benefits of Indian Head Massage
No special equipment is required.
- Calms, revitalizes and uplifts the spirit.
- Relaxes taut and uncomfortable muscles, eases stiffness,
stimulates blood circulation and drains away accumulated toxins, which
help to eliminate headaches and eye strain.
- Increased joint mobility.
- Increased blood flow to the brain resulting in more focused thought, greater concentration and better memory.
- Improved lymphatic drainage.
- Can give your hair a healthy lustrous shine and improve skin condition.
- Encourages deeper breathing and deep relaxation; very enjoyable
and triggers the release of "feel good" chemicals called endorphins
creating an almost euphoric sensation of contentment and happiness.
Indian Head Massage is not for everyone.
The following conditions cannot be treated:
- High temperature, fever, swelling or inflammation.
- Severe bruising, any skin disorders in the areas to be massaged. Scalp infections.
- Recent injury, accident or surgery to the head, neck or shoulder areas such as whiplash, concussion, etc.
- Acute infectious diseases such as the flu, chest infection or a bad cough or cold.
- Very high or low blood pressure, Aneurosa, food poisoning
- Cancer and any other serious medical condition while undergoing treatment.
Special conditions where caution is required:
- Osteoporosis, Frailty, Chronic Fatigue, Epilepsy, Diabetes (as
long as sugar levels are under control) and Spondelites or Spondelosis
in the neck. Only light and soothing techniques are used.
- When in doubt about a condition ask the client to consult his or her physician before proceeding with a treatment.