Champissage: Indian Head Massage

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage, has been practiced in India for over 1,000 years. It is a form of massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body where tension accumulates resulting in stiff necks and shoulders as well as headaches. A firm and gentle rhythm is used to release blockages and relieve tension and pain. This form of massage combines physical massage with a more subtle form of energy balancing which affects a person’s energy centers. This Ayurvedic element of Chakra energy balancing focuses on the three higher chakras and has a powerful effect and can bring the energy of the whole body back into balance creating a deep sense of peace, calm and well-being. A full treatment lasts 30 minutes and is done while the recipient is sitting down and fully clothed.

What to expect during an Indian Head Massage Treatment
You can expect to be comfortably seated in chair, fully clothed, in a relaxing atmosphere while the Indian Head Massage practitioner massages your scalp, face, shoulders, upper back and upper arms. No oils are used in this massage and a treatment usually lasts 30 minutes.

Some of the possible benefits of Indian Head Massage are:

Calms, revitalizes and uplifts the spirit.
Can create a more balanced state of being.
Relaxes taut and uncomfortable muscles, eases stiffness, stimulates blood circulation and drains away accumulated toxins, which help to eliminate headaches and eye strain.
Increased joint mobility.
Increased blood flow to the brain resulting in more focused thought, greater concentration and better memory.
Improved lymphatic drainage.
Relief of sinus congestion and migraines.
Can give your hair a healthy lustrous shine and improve skin condition.
Encourages deeper breathing and deep relaxation; very enjoyable and triggers the release of “feel good” chemicals called endorphins creating an almost euphoric sensation of contentment and happiness.

Indian Head Massage is not for everyone.
The following conditions cannot be treated:

High temperature, fever, swelling or inflammation.
Severe bruising, any skin disorders in the areas to be massaged. Recent injury, accident or surgery to the head, neck or shoulder areas such as whiplash, concussion, etc…
Acute infectious diseases such as a flu, chest infection or a bad cough or cold. Scalp infections. Very high or low blood pressure. Aneurosa. Food poisoning. Cancer and any other serious medical condition while undergoing treatment unless approved by your medical doctor.

Special conditions where caution is required:

Osteoporosis, Frailty, Chronic Fatigue, Epilepsy, Diabetes (as long as sugar levels are under control) and Spondelites or Spondelosis in the neck. Only light and soothing techniques are used. When in doubt about a condition the client should consult his or her physician before proceeding with a treatment.

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Thanks to Debbie Boehlen of The Canadian Centre of Indian Champissage for her contribution.