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What is Indian Head Massage?

Posted on: October 27th, 2013 by Carrie Courage, RMT No Comments


What is Indian Head Massage?

Massage is the oldest form of medicine known to humans and has been practiced for thousands of years.  The art of Indian Head Massage originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine.  This Sanskrit word can be translated as the “science of life” or “knowledge of life”.  The Ayurvedic approach to health is the balance of body, mind and spirit and the promotion of long life.

Indian Head Massage,  also known as Champissage,  is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face,  head, neck and shoulders, which are important energy centers within the body.   It is very relaxing and has a balancing effect on the recipient as it helps them to release stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well being.  It can be done on its own or in conjunction with a full body relaxation massage.

What are some of the benefits of Indian Head Massage?

  •  General Relaxation
  •  Improved blood circulation increasing oxygen supply to the brain
  •  Calms, revitalizes and uplifts the spirit
  •  Can create a more balanced state of being
  •  Relaxes tight and hypertonic muscles, eases stiffness helps to ease knots in muscle tissues
  •  Stimulates blood circulation and drains away accumulated toxins
  •  Increased joint mobility
  •  Improved lymphatic drainage which helps in the removal of waste products and toxins helping the immune system
  • Can give your hair a healthy lustrous shine and improve skin condition
  • Encourages deeper breathing and deep relaxation;  very enjoyable and triggers the release of “feel good” chemicals called endorphins creating an almost euphoric sensation of contentment and happiness.
  •  Promotion of hair growth
  • Helps to dissipate mental tiredness,  stress, depression resulting in greater mental alertness and concentration and clearer thinking.

Can also help with the following conditions: 

Eyestrain, tension headaches, migraines, earaches,  jaw ache, sinusitis congestion, and help with  deeper restoratve sleep

As a precaution the following conditions cannot be treated or must be treated with care:

  • Any recent head or neck injury, including whiplash and concussion
  • Severe bruising in the areas to be treated
  • Epilepsy
  • Recent hemorrhage
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Migraine.  You should be aware that treatment may result in an attack
  • A history of thrombosis or embolism
  • Diabetes unless under control
  • Infectious skin disorders
  • Scalp infections
  • Cuts and abrasions in the treatment areas
  • Recent operation
  • Chronic Myalgic Encephalomyelitis
  • High temperature, illness and fever
  • Any infectious disease
  • Intoxication
  • Aneurosa
  • Food poisoning
  • Cancer or any other serious medical condition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Frailty
  • Chronic Fatigue Spondelites or Spondelosis

If you have any questions about Indian Head Massage or any other inquiries we would be pleased to answer them.

Christine Busken RMT


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