Kate Whitemore

Indian Head Massage ITEC

 Also known as champissage from the Hindu and Urdu term for the practice, 'champi', Indian head massage is an alternative and complementary therapy in which the head, neck, shoulders, upper arms and face are massaged and gently manipulated by the therapist, working on areas where the body often stores tension. Indian head massage originates in the ancient practices of Indian Ayurvedic medicine, still widely practiced and remaining a central part of everyday life throughout India and Asia to this day. A range of movements are used including deep kneading and compression over the neck, shoulders and scalp.  In India oils are often used, but in the West, the practitioner often works dry. The techniques combine energy-based pressure point movements with more traditional massage strokes, such as rubbing and stroking. The practice is based on the theory of the body's energy systems of chakras as well as the body's physique.

Indian head massage aims to release tension and stress accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders, and so to re-establish free flow of energy through the body. It can help relieve many physical and emotional complaints, especially those stress-related, but can also be an essential part of a body-care routine, as in India, where people receive the massage during a normal visit to the barbers. It can relieve stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. It is a deeply calming and relaxing experience, leaving clients feeling energised, revitalised, and better able to concentrate. It can help increase joint mobility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymph flow, relax muscle knots and connective tissue, and aid the elimination of toxins.  Why not treat yourself to this deeply relaxing and nourishing treatment.

40 minutes - £34

1 hour - £40 - includes a relaxing face and neck massage and optional Shiridara (pouring oil through the hair and massaging deep into the scalp) whilst lying down, to end the treatment