What is India Head Massage or “Champi” in Hindi?
Indian Head Massage, based on a traditional system of medicine known as Ayurveda has been practised in India for over three thousand years and is a versatile holistic treatment that is done on the shoulders, upper back, neck, scalp, head, face, and arms. It should be noted that having an Indian Head Massage treatment can be carried out without the need to undress if you prefer.
Indian head massage works alongside conventional medicine to help ease health problems, as well as promoting a general sense of mental, physical and spiritual well-being. It is very important that true Indian Head Therapists are very aware of and understand about the Chakras as the Indian Head massage routine includes chakra balancing work.
The Benefits of Indian Head Massage
The benefits of Indian Head Massage are both physical & psychological and include:
- Mental and physical relaxation
- A sense of tranquillity, calmness & positive well-being
- Relief from pain and stiffness in the muscles of the neck, shoulders & upper back
- Increased mobility of the joints in the neck & shoulder area
- Relief from tension headaches, eye strain & nasal congestion
- Improved skin/hair condition
- Reduced anxiety, lethargy & depression
- Increased self-esteem & self-worth
- Improved muscle tone
- Stimulated vascular circulation
- Renewed energy levels
- Stimulated cell renewal
- Reduced fatigue
- Improved lymphatic circulation
- Renewed energy levels
The History of Indian Head Massage
Massage has been a major part of medicine for over five thousand years. It was primarily given by physicians, being the first medical art. Ancient Greeks and Romans used massage as their primary means of pain relief and healing. In 5 BC Hippocrates wrote about the benefits of massage insisting that physicians were experienced in ‘rubbing’… ‘As rubbing can bind a joint that is too loose and can loosen a joint that is too rigid’.
In India the family tradition of massage dates back to the beginnings of Hinduism. Massage is part of everyday life in Indian culture – being given regularly to newborn babies, ceremoniously before weddings and later from the young to elder family members; almost everyone gives and receives it.
At a wide variety of holiday locations in India you will find head massages being given as this culture believes a head massage preserves energy and helps fight organism decay. IHM (Indian Head Massage) powerfully relaxes the body whilst simultaneously rejuvenating it.
Narendra Metha, a blind man who grew up in an Indian community where Champi was an important part of life, was the first person to develop and formalise Indian Head Massage (IHM) into an actual therapy. Today, one of the most popular forms of head massage is Champissage – a trademarked sequence of massage movements.
Metha arrived in England in the 1970s and trained as a physiotherapist. In 1978 he returned to India where he studied the benefits and practice of Champi/IHM. Metha soon included the neck, shoulders and face in the massage and employed modern knowledge of shiatsu and acupressure to relax tense areas, rebalance the energy and clear any areas of concentrated negativity.