Indian Head Massage has being practiced on the Indian sub continent for at least 1000 years, traditionally both in the barber shop and in the family home, usually by the women.
Traditionally, the massage performed was a vigorous massage known as ‘champi’ applied to the head only. Oils such as mustard, coconut, sweet almond and sesame were also used for their therapeutic value.
Introduced to the UK by Narendra Mehta, the massage came to include the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck and face as well as head. Mama points and energy holds are also part of the treatment which helps to create balance and harmony in the body. Oil may be used the treatment of the scalp but this isn’t necessary.
The treatment is a combination of vigorous and relaxing techniques which help to uplift, revitalise and clear the mind. Some of the benefits may include:
- Reduction in stress and stress related conditions
- Reduction in mental and physical fatigue
- Helps to increase concentration and focus
- Helps with sleep quality and relaxation
- Reduces muscle tension and stiffness
- Helps improve joint mobility
- Can help scalp conditions and stimulate hair growth
- Reduction in eye strain and tension headaches