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 !
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