Head massage or 'champissage' is commonly practiced throughout India and Pakistan. The techniques have been handed down through generations with women using the treatment on their partners and children and so it is learnt at an early age.
Its main purpose originally was to promote shiny, healthy hair. Asian women today still use Coconut oil and head massage for this purpose. But it was also discovered that the use of massage resulted in a feeling of relaxation and equilibrium. It was noted that certain conditions such as headaches and insomnia were quickly resolved after treatment.
The main focus is on the head but this is preceded by working on the upper back, shoulders and neck and then concluded by massaging drainage and pressure points on the face. The face is the main electrical energy centre of the body. Working on the various pressure points on the face and head can stimulate and activate natural chemicals in the brain, which bring about relaxation and sleep. Also aiding concentration levels, ability to think more clearly and relieving anxiety, stress and depression.
The physical benefits that can result from the stimulation of different parts of the head and upper back:
- Relief from neuralgia
- Breaking down of painful knots
- Increasing the oxygen in tissues at it improves the circulation
- Improves waste removal through the lymphatic system
- Helps eye strain
- Removes tension headaches
- Stimulates brain chemicals aiding concentration
- Improves pressure in the hearing canal
- Help tinnitus
- Aids sinusitis
- Promotes healthy, shiny and strong hair
- Resolves neck and shoulder pain/stiffness
- Promotes relaxation and improves disturbed sleep pattern
Neck and shoulder massage
Aids lymphatic drainage through improved circulation, eliminates muscle tension and knots and improves joint mobility.
Stimulates and improves the scalp circulation, which improves strength and growth of hair. Releases brain chemicals helping concentration and alertness.
Soothes and rebalances energy flow and relaxes facial tension, increasing circulation to the head and reducing skin dryness and premature aging.
Last Modified on: 05-11-2015