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Indian Head Massage Guide

Indian head massage


If you are unfamiliar with the Indian Head Massage, you may be a bit bemused about what it involves. Have no fear however, for it is an ancient Hindu healing technique that has been used over thousands of years to encourage healing and balance the body’s natural energy. Indian head massage is a type of massage that is based on the Indian ayurvedic healing system and it involves the manipulation of the scalp, head, face, neck, shoulders and upper arms.

Indian Head Masseurs use a series of deep massages on the head, neck and shoulders to not only relax people, but release the body’s seven ‘chakras’ or energy paths. They are often used as a part of a series of massages or spa therapies as part of a full body ritual.

The three main chakras that the Indian Head Massage is meant to be good for are the mind, body and spirit. By using focused and concentrated massage techniques, the Indian Head Massage aims to leave the participant relaxed, de-stressed and calm.

There are also other benefits such as the relief of aches and pain in the neck, shoulders and back which are dispersed through deep massages that improve blood flow and oxygen in the upper body. A good Indian Head Massage is also meant to cure headaches, clear the sinuses, reduce eye strain and combat insomnia, so it really is a full body benefit.

A traditional Indian Head Massage often uses fragrant oils that are rubbed into the scalp in order to make the participant feel as relaxed as possible. The oil is also meant to improve the texture and sheen of your hair, making it look more healthy and fulsome. If the stress and strains of modern life feel like they are overwhelming you, give an Indian Head Massage a try, you may be surprised with the results.


Indian head massage or champissage (from the Indian champi, meaning head massage) originated in India over 1,000 years ago. In India champissage is practised between members of the same family, as a way of bonding, especially by women who massage each other’s hair with oil. Indian head massage is also used during particular rituals, such as marriages and births and by barbers in India, who add a scalp massage to their services.

Indian head massage was introduced to the west, in the UK, by Narendra Metha in the 1970s. Narendra Metha came to England in the 70s to train as a physical therapist and was surprised to find out that no therapy in the west included the massage of the head. Therefore, Narendra Metha went back to India and studied this ancient form of massage. He then improved it by extending the massage not only to hair and scalp, but also to neck, face, shoulders and upper arms. Narendra Metha also introduced an ayurvedic element to Indian head massage, to include work on the three higher charkas, thus helping to rebalance the whole body through head massage.

How Indian head massage is done

During an Indian head massage session, the person who is being massaged sits fully clothed on a massage chair. The use of oils is not necessary, although they can be used if the person being massaged requires it. The therapist then proceeds to massage the neck, shoulders and scalp with deep kneading and compression movements. Also, the practitioner stimulates and strokes pressure points on the face. An Indian head massage or champissage session usually lasts between 20 and 45 minutes.

What it’s good for

Indian head massage is very good for releasing psychological stress and tension in the muscles; getting rid of toxins accumulated in the body’s tissues; improve mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders; improve blood circulation and lymphatic flow; help fight insomnia, headaches, migraines, sinusitis and give relief to strained eyes.

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