What is Indian Head Massage and why book it?

Updated: Sep 3, 2019

This week I would like to introduce you to the benefits of Indian Head Massage and explain a little bit about what to expect during the treatment.

This technique has been adapted from two sources.

First it has roots in the traditional head massage that was performed by women in India to help nourish their long lustrous hair, handed down from one generation to the next which used different oils depending on the season.

Secondly it comes from the "champi, a Hindi word meaning head massage which was performed by barbers which was more stimulating and invigorating. This is where the word shampoo comes from!

This technique has physical, mental and other more subtle benefits.

On the physical level

  • It is relaxing and can provide immediate pain relief

  • Increases oxygen uptake in the muscles

  • Improved circulation of the blood provides extra oxygen to the brain

  • Promotes hair growth Breaks down knots and tension spots

  • Disperses toxins

  • Helps in relieving tension headaches, eye-strain, jaw ache, sinusitis.

The mental benefits include

  • A sense of calmness

  • Clearer thinking

  • Helps in dissipating mental tiredness, stress, depression etc.

  • A release of anxiety

The treatment can be performed in different ways, either with or without oil and with the client either seated in a chair or lying on a treatment couch. The oils are beneficial to the scalp and ha