CHAMPISSAGE aka INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE

 

Origins of Champissage

     In 1973 Narendra Mehta, an osteopath and massage therapist, traveled to England from India to study physiotherapy.  During the intervening years, he was dismayed to learn that most massages, even full-body massages, did not extend farther then one's neck and shoulders.  Having grown to appriciate head massage as a way of life in India, he realized how much he misses the soothing sessions administered by the local barber and relatives back home.  Visually impaired since early childhood, Mehta was extraordinarily receptive to touch therapy.  In 1978 he decided to return to India to research the physiological benefits of head massage, and spent the next couple years documenting the skills and traditions of this tecnique, giving it his own personal flavor and expanding it to suit Western tastes.  He developed a tecnique that combined massage of the face and ears, chakra balancing  and scalp massage.  He named his tecnique Indian Champissage, derived from champi, an Indian word meaning head massage.  Today the tecnique is known as both champissage and Indian head massage.

How an Indian Head Massage Is Given

     Indian head massage is given while the reciever is seated in a comfortable straight backed chair.  Safe and simple, t does not require removing clothing or the use of oils.  The massage focuses on areas f the body most vulnerable to symptoms of everyday stress and tension, namely: upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, scalp, face and ears.  In a series of more then 50 different movements, treatment sessions last between 30-45 minutes, depending on the needs and desires of the client.

What One Experiences During a Treatment

    Indian head massage is very effective at encouraging a deep relaxation.  The intent is to soothe soften and relieve stress and tension in the body and mind.  It can also create positive energy flows and awareness that prevent stresses from accumulating in the first place.  This massage is particularly beneficial for those who experience headaches, migraine, eyestrain, stiff neck, ear aches, sinus congestion, clenched jaw, tense shoulders, tiredness, insomnia, anxiety and low morale.

     Possible Benefits of Indian Head Massage

- General Relaxation

-Improved blood circulation which increases oxygen supply to the brain

-Calms, revitalizes and uplifts the spirit

- Can create a more balanced state of being and balancing of the Chakras

-Relaxes taut muscles and eases stiffness

-Improved lymphatic drainage which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins helping the immune system

-Encourages deeper breathing and deep relaxation, which triggers the release of endorphins

-Helps dissipate mental tiredness, stress, depression, in turn aiding in greater mental alertness and concentration and clear thinking.