Indian Head MassageRelaxing, seated massage which focuses on the upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face.
Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage, or champi, is over 5,000 years old and is derived from Ayurvedic principles of balancing the body’s energetic flow. During the treatment a combination of Indian Head massage techniques to the upper back, shoulders, arms, hands, neck, scalp and face are applied.
The Ayurvedic approach to health is the balance of body, mind and spirit. The Ayurvedic principle considers that if a body’s energetic channels do not flow properly negative energy builds up causing many common ailments, including stress, pains and aches, neurological impairment, or hair loss.
Indian Head Massage may bring relief to those suffering from tension in the shoulders, neck strain, headaches, jaw tension, sinus problems and migraines. It has a nurturing quality and that it has many physiological as well as psychological benefits.
What happens during a Indian Head Massage?
Step 1 – Arrival & Consultation
A typical Indian Head massage session lasts for about one hour, treating specific areas such as upper back, shoulders, neck, arms, hands, scalp and face.
The environment is important to the massage. The room will be warm and peaceful with careful consideration given to the lighting, soft music and essential oils diffused to add to the experience.
On the first visit clients complete a consultation, where they are asked a number of questions concerning general well-being, injuries and medical conditions that the therapist should know about, in order to determine if there are any contra-indications (physical conditions that would prohibit or limit a massage treatment).
The client is asked to undress ensuring their modesty is protected, at which point the therapist will leave the room and the client will be asked to sit on the treatment chair they will be given a large towel to wrap around their chest leaving their back exposed. However, Indian Head massage can be done fully clothed without the use of oils.
Step 2 – The Treatment
Neal’s Yard Massage oils, as well as lotions, creams and talc can be used; oil is the most commonly used medium. There are a variety of base oils available as well as Neal’s Yard essential oils which will be blended with the base oil. The choice of the essential oil will depend upon the objective of the massage. So if the massage is for relaxation purposes a ‘Calming’ pre blended essential oil will be used. Rosehip oil is used to massage the face and Argan oil for the scalp.
>A good oil will nourish the skin and allow a free-flowing movement as it enables the hands to glide over the area. The oil will be applied to the area to be massaged ensuring good coverage. The therapist will begin the techniques by starting with the effleurage(stroking) technique to warm up the muscles before any pressure is applied. The therapist applies long, smooth strokes over the body, using firm but gentle pressure to improve circulation, ease muscle aches and tension, increase flexibility and encourage relaxation.
The therapist will be able to feel where the tension areas are and adapt the treatment accordingly by using various techniques to reduce the adhesions or tension knots that are present in the muscles.
Step 3 – Finishing Up & Aftercare
The therapist will sense responses but will also ask the client about the depth of their pressure ensuring that it does not cause pain, an effective massage should not cause pain. If in discomfort or pain, the client should feel free to ask the therapist to modify their treatment.
The therapist will finish the treatment and quietly check that the client is comfortable and offer a glass of water. The client will be asked to take their time getting up and the therapist will leave the room whilst the client gets dressed. On the therapist re-entering the room the client and therapist will discuss how the treatment went and the therapist will give after-care advice.
Who should get an Indian Head Massage treatment?
Anyone with sinus problems
Anyone sugffering from headaches, jaw ache
Anyone with shoulder and neck tension
Anyone sufferingfrom alopecia and temporary hair loss
Anyone with Ankylosing Spondylitis
Why should you get an Indian Head Massage treatment?
We recommend Indian Head Massage to help with the ailments listed below. People are very aware of the value of massage in combating the stresses and tensions of modern living.
Indian head massage can:
– Alleviate stress and aid relaxation
– Ease muscle tension, stiffness, reduce muscle spasm
– Improve joint flexibility
– Aids deeper and easier breathing
– Improves circulation
– Reduces blood pressure
– Strengthens immune system
– Supports rehabilitation
– Encourages peace of mind
– Relieves mental stress
– Promotes deep relaxation
– Clearing congestion in the head
Athletes, sports people and dancers include massage in their training schedules to aid recovery and to prevent or treat soft tissue injuries.
There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that massage can be effective in helping to treat certain chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia and low back pain. In guidelines produced in 2009 by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), manual therapies – including massage – are recommended for the early management of persistent, non-specific low back pain.
How much does an Indian Head Massage cost?
I completed my VTCT Level 3 qualification in Swedish massage(QFC) fulfilling a personal passion for Health and well-being and Holistic therapies. I have over 3 years study and practise and am experienced, qualified, insured to treat a broad range of ailments and injuries. I have continued my personal development and add to my skills accessing further training in various massage techniques.
I am registered and regulated with the Professional body The Federation of Holistic Therapists. I adhere to their codes of professional conduct. I am fully registered and insured to practice all of the advertised treatments.
As well as treatments I also run a weekly Meditation class to help people learn techniques to cope with the demands and stresses of everyday life and I host a monthly Sound Bath with Sound healer William Lee.
I was born in Ludlow, Shropshire. I studied BA Social Sciences (Hons) Psychology at the University of Westminster. I worked for 19 years with Children in Care providing care and later coordinating a County wide Mentoring scheme in Lancashire for a National Children’s charity.
I retrained as an Holistic therapist at Preston Therapy Centre in Lancashire which saw me fullfill a lifelong interest in Complementary medicine.
I advocate a healthy lifestyle and practise yoga, tai chi and arabic belly dance classes every week as well as walking and meditating. I am an Independent Consultant for Neal’s Yard Remedies, you can visit my online shop.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Can it help with backache?
A: Yes it is a great complementary treatment, people with chronic or life-limiting conditions such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis, mental health problems (i.e. mild depression and anxiety) weight problems, musculoskeletal problems, or a history of substance misuse (including alcohol and drugs), can be greatly supported using complementary therapies alongside conventional care.
Q: Do I have to be seated as I have problems with my knees?
A: Seated is the preferred method for providing Indian Head massage, however it can be done on the massage couch if this is more comfortable for you.
Q: Can I have this if I’m pregnant?
A: Yes but only after the first trimester and the oils which will be used will be Neal’s Yard pre blended for ‘Mother’s to be’.
To book a Indian Head Massage call 07816 485 691.