Indian head massage originates from an Indian medicine system called Ayurveda (meaning the ‘science of life’), whereby it is believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and can influence one another. Through this theory, is is understood that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and improve physical well-being, but it can also improve mental and emotional wellness too.
Also known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, which has often been used to relieve stress, but traditionally used to improve hair and scalp conditions.
What is Indian Head Massage?
Therapeutic and relaxing, this treatment involves working with a firm and gentle rhythm to help unknot blockages and relieve pain from built-up tension. The head and hair are extremely sensitive as the face and scalp are crowded with nerve endings. This makes them very receptive to touch. It tackles the physical, mental and emotional effects of stress in a unique and particularly effective way. Massaging the head and hair is soothing and deeply relaxing.
What does an IHM treatment look like?
This treatment is given sitting in a chair.
A typical Indian head massage treatment, usually starts with the shoulders, working into this area especially as it often holds a lot of tension. The upper back will be massaged working around the shoulder blade, and the upper chest around the clavicles will also be treated. Following this, flowing motions will move up the neck to relieve any stress and tension. Finally, the scalp is then massaged along the acupressure points on the head, and followed up by the forehead and the area around the eyes.
You will be asked to remove all jewelry, glasses and hearing aids, as well as your upper clothing (a wrap is provided or you can wear a tank top with straps pulled down) to access your upper chest and back, neck and head. Anne will be working with your neck, head and scalp, shoulders, upper chest, hair and ears. Essential oils are combined with organic coconut oil during the treatment, and worked through your hair by traditional massage techniques. It is recommended that you bring a wrap or hat to cover your hair for your trip back home.
Note: you can request that no essential oils be used, or that no oil is put into your hair (dry treatment).
Benefits of Head Massage
The success of treatment depends on how severe the symptoms are and how well the patient relaxes to receive treatment.
This therapy can provide a variety of benefits:
Promotes hair growth by increasing oxygen in the hair follicles which stimulates growth and health.
May prevent headaches and migraines by releasing built-up tension in the head and neck area and relieving muscle stiffness
Renews and balances energy levels
May decrease symptoms of depression and anxiety through relaxation
Boosts memory capabilities by relieving stress and quieting the mind
Stimulates lymphatic drainage by circulating blood to the neck area
Better sleep by reducing stress
Improves circulation of cerebral spinal fluid
The Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic practice used in India for over 2,000 years, (since around 600 B.C), usually by mothers on their daughters. It is part of the Ayurvedic practice which aims to promote long life and balance the body’s energies. It was often used with spices and herbs that would promote good health and skin, and was used as a technique to keep long, thick hair in healthy condition.
Traditionally, the Indian head massage was used at weddings and births. Today, many babies still receive the massage to keep them in good health. In countries such as India and Turkey, head massage is commonly incorporated into the barber’s service, so if you’re ever abroad, consider getting your hair cut at the local salon!