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What is Indian Head Massage?

Fay Chapple

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Indian Head Massage is an ancient technique practiced in India under the Ayurvedic methods of medicine.

Its a form of massage that focuses solely on the head, neck, face, shoulders and upper arms. These important energy centers are areas where tension can accumulate, the Indian Head Massage aims to release that tension, pain and pressure.

A firm and gentle rhythm is used to release blockages and relieve tension and pain.

Champissage, also known as an Indian head massage is a trademarked term for an alternative medicine massage therapy in which the head, neck and face and facial areas are massaged with the purpose of manipulating energy channels.

The goal is to clear blocks in these energy channels that cause a build-up of negative energy that are purported to cause ailments. The belief is when the energy does not flow properly, negative energy builds up, causing common ailments, including stress, pain and nociception pains and aches, and baldness or hair loss.

Champissage is practiced all over Europe. Champissage is a modern term for what is commonly known as Indian Head Massage. Indian head massage was brought to the west by Narendra Mehta in the 1970's

An Indian Head Massage starts with the client sitting in a comfortable chair for the duration of the one-hour treatment. It begins with a deep kneading and probing of the back, arms, neck and shoulder muscles. The head is then worked with the scalp being squeezed, rubbed, gently tapped and prodded. The hair is briskly tussled and gently combed. Pressure points are gently worked on, and the ears are tugged and pressed. The face is massaged last, working with acupressure points to help relieve any sinus pressure, stimulate the circulation and to increase alertness.

The physical form of the massage actually works to release any stored negative energy trapped in the body, 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 four higher chakras and has a powerful effect. Combined with the fresh flow of energy from reiki, the Indian Head Massage can bring the energy of the whole body back into balance by creating a deep sense of peace, calm and well-being.

Generally, a client will find an improvement in hair quality, happiness and general well-being after four to six sessions.

©2008 Fay Chapple


Fay Chapple is an International Feng Shui Expert, award winning Interior Decorator and Life Coach, and is Principal of the award winning Home & Life Design Firm Blue Avalon.

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