Head Massage has been practiced for thousands of years in the homes of Asian women. An important part of the massage is the easing of tension and stress, bringing relaxation and peace. Headaches and heaviness are relieved, muscles are unknotted and other parts of the body become more relaxed.
Indian Head Massage was introduced to the West by Mr Nerendra Mehta who despite being blind from the age of one, obtained a degree in political science from Bombay University, he is also qualified in osteopathy, reflexology, body massage and touch for health.
In 1970 Mr Mehta came to England to study physiotherapy and was disappointed to find that the massage element was missing from this discipline, so he took a course in full body massage but was dismayed to discover that the massage stopped at the neck, no one seemed to practise head massage. He returned to India and began researching head massage throughout the country where it was practised in barber shops, street corners beaches and in family homes. On returning to England Mr Mehta set up the London School of Champissage (champi = head massage).
Indian Head Massage is non-invasive and very relaxing. It is carried out seated on a chair and fully clothed. Specific areas of the back, shoulders, arms, neck , head and face are worked on using varying techniques such as deep thumb and finger pressure, friction and tapping. These techniques help to relieve muscular tension, reduce stress, aid elimination of toxins and improve circulation.
A treatment can last from 30 to 60 minutes depending on the clients condition.
The massage leaves you with a feeling of peace and tranquillity.
Physical & Mental Benefits
- Relaxation of muscles
- Knots and nodules can be broken down
- Dispersal of toxins from tense knotted muscles
- Relief from chronic neck and shoulder stiffness
- Loosening of the scalp
- Relaxation of the whole person
- Increased oxygen uptake in tissues
- Improved circulation of blood in previously congested muscles, providing extra oxygen for the brain
- Stimulation and improvement of the circulation of the lymphatic system
- Relief from stiffness in the neck and shoulder area
- Restoration of joint movement in the neck and shoulders
- Promotion of hair growth
- Help in the relief of eyestrain and tension headaches
- Excellent for disturbed sleep and insomnia
- Help with mental tiredness and edginess
- Improved concentration
- Relief from mental and emotional stress
Massage is one of the safest and most natural forms of therapy known to man but there are occasion when the therapist should proceed with caution, or even avoid massage these include when a person is:
- Suffering from food poisoning
- Ill or has a high temperature/fever
- Has had any recent accidents, injuries or surgery, ie whiplash, head injury, concussion
- Suffering from any acute infectious diseases
- Suffering from very high or very low blood pressure
- Suffering from any localized infectious/contagious skin disorder
- Suffering from any severe inflammation
- Suffering from aneurosalocalized dilation of the blood vessels (commonly the artery in the temple/forehead)
Last Modified on: 05-11-2015