Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been used in India for over 5000 years, and requires no oils or equipment, making it a very accessible treatment, perfect for newcomers to massage. It is usually done while seated and through light clothing. Indian head massage, also known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. It originates from an Indian alternative medicine system called Ayurveda, (translated as the ‘science of life’), whereby it is believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and thus can influence one another. Through this theory, it 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. Starting at the mid back point, working up the shoulders, arms, neck & head to release tension and invigorate the scalp. Healing and soothing energy promoting massage and manipulation for ultimate well-being. Traditionally a seated massage, treatment can be adapted to suit the supine position. The benefits of Indian Head massage include: - General and specific relaxation for muscles, providing immediate relief - Provides relief from conditions such as earache, eye strain, aching jaws, sinusitis, headaches - Release from stress & tension - Provides a sense of calmness, peace & tranquility
Conditions IHM helps treat
Through a variety of massage movements, Indian head massage restores joint motion and aids in the condition and health of hair resulting in improved hair growth.
Indian head massage is used by massage therapists to increase mental clarity and rejuvenate the person receiving the massage. Although treatments include massage of the back, arms, shoulders and neck, head massage and face massage make up the main parts of the treatment.
The massage therapist typically performs IHM through the clothes. As the technique is easy to apply over a blouse or shirt, Indian head massage is ideal for people who are modest or for less able bodied such as the elderly people, or those who have arthritis or a disability. Some treatments may include the use of special oils, which are also beneficial to hair growth.
Therapeutic and relaxing, Indian head massage is effective in treatment of stress-related ailments like migraines and headaches. It can be performed almost anywhere and requires less time than a body massage treatment, typically lasting about thirty to forty minutes.
More benefits of IHM
The benefits of Indian head massage include that it helps release of toxins from tense and tired muscles, and improves oxygen flow to the brain. It also reduces jaw ache, stimulates lymphatic drainage and aids sleep. By stimulating the release of endorphins IHM also aids in reducing stress and anxiety, and alleviating mental tiredness. The treatment is especially effective in relieving tightness around the neck and shoulders.