History of Indian Head Massage
In Indian life massage has always played an important part. In early Ayurvedic texts dated 4000 years ago they describe the use of herbs, spices and aromatic oils used with massage and the important effects such as to strenthen muscles, firm skin and also encourage the body's own healing energy.
Massage occurs across the generations in India as an integral part of family life. Indian Head Massage began from this rich tradition of family grooming.
Head massage has been practised for over a thousand years. The concept was originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season, coconut, seseame, almond, olive oil, herbal oils, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna were all used to keep their long hair strong and in beautiful condition.
Barbers practised these same skills on their male clients. They used to visit their homes, cutting hair and offering champi (head massage) as part of the treatment.
The word shampoo comes from the Hindi word 'champi' meaning massage of the head.
In many locations it is still common today to go to a barber's shop, have a wet shave and get a head massage as part of the treatment.
Head massage is practised in many locations in India, on street corners, in markets and on the beach.
The benefits of Indian Head Massage
- Alleivates pain and stiffness in the muscles of the face, scalp, neck, upper back and shoulders
- Increased mobility of the joints in the neck and shoulder area
- Releives tension headaches, eyestrain, nasal congestion
- Improves sleep pattern
- Helps lymphatic drainage
- Improves blood flow to the brain
- Strengthens immune system
- Increases the general circulation which helps eliminate toxins
- Stimulates sensory nerve endings producing a feeling of exhilaration
- Greater clarity of thought and concentration
- Deeper calmer breathing
- Improvement in skin condition
The therapeutic effects of Indian Head Massage last long after the treatment is over. The short and long term benefits are different for each person and can include many of the above.
What to expect in a treatment
This treatment manipulates the soft tissues in the upper back, arms, shoulders, neck, scalp and face using different pressures and rhythms. These are the areas most vulnerable to stress and tension.
Indian Head Massage can be done in your home or place of work seated on a chair as little preparation or equipment is needed.
A treatment can be done with or without oils being used.
The treatment time is 40 minutes.