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Indian Head Massage / Champissage

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Practised for over 5000 years in India, Indian Head Massage was used to rid the scalp of dead skin cells and to moisturise the head and hair making it shiny and healthy. The technique was passed down the generations and believed to also have enormous health benefits.

As well as working on a physical level relaxing muscles and releasing tension, it works on the higher energy centres of the body or chakras, which pertain to the endocrine system, which governs the secretion of hormones within the body. In the ancient system of Indian medicine, Ayurveda, the chakras also relate to the emotional and spiritual aspects of the energy field of our physical body.

When these chakras are blocked, illness results. Illness may manifest emotionally before it does so in the physical body. Disturbed emotions can cause blockages in the chakras. Our mind, body and spirit are closely connected, if we can relax the mind, the body can heal itself. If we can clear the blockages in the chakras and increase energy flow, the body can heal itself.

The Hindi word for head massage is "Champi" and aspects of the treatment have a long tradition in
Indian families.

I am City and Guilds trained, but was also trained by Indian Head Massage/Champissage™ 'guru' Narendra Mehta himself at the London Centre of Indian Champissage™ International, who originally brought such massage to the West. He has been awarded the MBE for his contribution to the development of Indian Head Massage.

His "unique brand" of Indian Head Massage, "Champissage™" includes the energy balancing as described above and I combine it with City and Guild moves. Together covering the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face and ears. This gives a very effective and wonderfully relaxing therapy.

A range of different movements are used including application of deep kneading and compression movements starting at the back, then shoulders, arms and neck, working deeply over the muscles and pressure points that help muscles relax.

My form of Indian Head Massage/Champissage™ can provide relief from:

aches and pains, a range of stress-related symptoms, insomnia, restricted joint mobility, sinus problems etc, etc. Ideal for any neck or shoulder tension. It can promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.

When massaging the scalp, techniques are used which relax, stimulate and revive this area. The whole scalp is covered to encourage circulation, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the area, revitalizing the brain and body. Finally, there is gentle stimulation, stroking of pressure points and draining techniques to the face. A full session will usually last approximately an hour and takes place seated, in a low backed chair.

This therapy provides help and relief from an ever-increasing range of symptoms caused by stress and tension and lifts you out of the stresses of daily life. We all lead a stressful life, even "pleasant stress" as I call it, for example arranging a wonderful wedding can cause tension in the body. Stress is the cause of two-thirds of ailments we visit the doctor with.

My Indian Head Massage/Champissage™ can relax and de-stress the "whole body". It is a really relaxing and powerfully healing treatment, which leaves you clearer thinking, alert and refreshed.

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