What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian head massage (or "Champi" in Hindi) is a practice that originated over a thousand years ago in India, where it stemmed from a tradition of family grooming. Indian mothers used to massage their daughters' hair with different oils to encourage long, lustrous locks.
Indian Head Massage has only recently started to gain popularity in the West. This massage works on areas of the body particularly prone to stress, especially the neck and the shoulders where tension affects major muscle groups. It can often bring immediate relief. These tensions are eased and fibrous knots and nodules melt away.
The massage to the head is not only very relaxing but you get to give the whole body an MOT releasing toxins and stimulating organs to work more efficiently.
An Indian Head Massage may prove beneficial by:
An Indian Head massage may also improve overall mental health by:
What to Expect From an Indian Head Massage
An Indian Head massage is a wonderful way to help someone escape from their problems to get “out of their head” and go on a little journey far away from the daily emotional and mental stress of everyday life.
The massage usually goes between 25 – 40 minutes, and may or may not use certain oils in the hair and on the body. Starting at the upper back, the Indian Head masseuse begins by applying pressure to points that dissolve knots and relax the muscles. They then move to the shoulders and upper arms to release other common areas of tension, and to the neck and head to release headache-causing blockages and to encourage better circulation of the cerebral fluid. The massage then progresses to the scalp, relaxing the entire head, encouraging circulation and stimulating hair growth. Lastly, the masseuse may choose to perform a gentle face massage that may relieve symptoms of sinusitis & headaches, and encourages good circulation and a glowing complexion.
Whilst you are bound to feel great after our Indian head massage, there is a good chance you may not look great. Whether your masseuse has chosen to use oils or not, your hair will look tussled and like you haven’t rinsed your conditioner out. Make sure to take a hairbrush and elastic band so that you can tie your hair up and make yourself look presentable again !
It has recently been discovered by a the University of Eastern Finland that eating large amounts of saturated fats in midlife correlated to a greater risk of dementia and a reduced cognitive function 14 years later.
This study points out how important it is to eat healthily in midlife which may prevent dementia later on. It was found that those who regularly consumed healthy foods at the average age of 50 had a nearly 90 per cent lower risk of dementia in a 14-year follow- up study compared to those who did not eat healthfully.
Researchers used a healthy diet index based on eating a variety of foods. "Healthy" foods were defined as vegetables, berries/fruits, fish and unsaturated fats from milk products and spreads. "Unhealthy" foods were defined as sausages, eggs, salty fish, sugary drinks, desserts/candy and saturated fats from milk products and spreads.
Eating large amounts of saturated fats was linked to decreased cognitive function and increased dementia risk. Those who eat a diet high in saturated fats and carry the epsilon 4 variant of the apolipoprotein E (ApoE) gene are also at risk. This gene is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease.
"Even those who are genetically susceptible can at least delay the onset of the disease by favoring vegetable oils, oil-based spreads and fatty fish in their diet," says doctoral thesis author Margo Eskelinen, MSc. The thesis was based on the population-based Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Incidence of Dementia (CAIDE) study.
It is recommended by the Alzheimer's Association to increase the intake of "protective foods" to maintain a healthy brain. These include dark-skinned fruits and vegetables such as prunes, raisins, red grapes, plums, blueberries, cherries, broccoli, spinach, kale, onion, red bell pepper, beets and eggplant. Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and pecans are also recommended, as are cold-water fish such as trout, salmon, tuna, mackerel and halibut. Increasing intake of vitamins such as C, E, folate and B12 is also considered helpful. I would also recommend taking at least a tablespoon of coconut oil a day as this has also been found to prevent dementia and is beneficial to those who ate suffering from dementia.
Study results were published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders and Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
Far from a weight loss myth, but rather a weight loss reality, drinking lemon water helps to speed up weight loss. When I’m feeling sluggish and have had quite a few naughty days. Lemon water is what I turn to, to help me kickstart my system and melt away some of the extra fat that’s become too comfortable round my middle.
Lemons are vitamin C rich citrus fruits that enhance your beauty, by rejuvenating skin from within bringing a glow to your face. One of the major health benefits of drinking lemon water is that it paves way for losing weight faster, thus acting as a great weight loss remedy.
The way it works is that lemon water stimulates bile formation, which is essential for optimal fat metabolism and helps to regenerate the liver. It also promotes peristalsis, the movement in the bowels that keeps waste moving along the digestive tract and out of the body for elimination hence preventing the problem of constipation. Lemon water also gives your kidneys a boost with lemon’s diuretic action.
Packed with goodness, drink it first thing in the morning and wait 15 to 30 minutes to have breakfast. Try to make it a habit to begin your day with a glass of lemon water, preferably at room temperature. It’s cleaning and healing effects will have a positive effect on your health in the long run.
For those who weigh less than 68kg, squeeze half a lemon’s worth of juice into a glass of water. If over 68kg, use an entire lemon’s juice. You can of course dilute the lemon juice more, depending on your personal taste.
Read on for some more interesting benefits of lemon water listed below:
So go ahead and give it a go ! You may sometimes drink it warm or sometimes cool. For variety you can add in some cucumber slices and some fresh mint leaves.
Not only are the benefits of lemon water endless, it’s one of the most substantial yet simple changes you can make for your health.
Let’s toast to vibrant health !
Barbara is a qualified nutritionist offering Health, Nutrition & Lifestyle Counseling. She gives Healthy weight loss advice and promotes the Mediterranean diet. She is the author of the Med Life Diet - creating healthy lifestyle habits and attitudes for life !