Indian head massage (also known as champissage) originated from India and has been an important part of Indian life for over four thousand years. It is a versatile treatment that can be offered for anywhere between 15 and 45 minutes depending on the circumstance and targets the neck, shoulders, back, face and scalp.

Traditionally, the Indian head massage was used at weddings and births and is still practised by mothers on their children today. The routine and style originates from an Indian alternative medicine system known as Ayurveda which translates to science of life. Within Ayurveda it is believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and thus can influence one another which may be why Indian head massage has reputed benefits of physical form and also mental and emotional too.

Whilst all colleges and academies will have a slightly different style and routine a typical Indian head massage treatment, usually starts with the shoulders as this area often holds a lot of tension, the upper back may also be massaged alongside the shoulder movements. Usually the treatment then incorporates flowing motions that move up into the neck massaging and stretching to relieve any stress and tension. Finally, the face and scalp are massaged along the acupressure points on the head. Sometimes the upper arms can also be massaged depending on the techniques being used and whether this is beneficial to the client. It is a deep massage, using a variety of pressure and techniques, including circular massage strokes on your scalp, deep tissue work on your shoulders, and stretching the neck

Indian head massage was originally practised to improve scalp and hair condition but it is also known for helping to prevent headaches and migraines by releasing built-up tension in the head and neck area and relieving muscle stiffness and refreshing tired eyes. As with many other massage techniques it can help relieve symptoms of depression and anxiety through relaxation and promote better sleep by reducing stress. It can renew and balances energy levels by working with the three higher chakras and also soothe the sinuses which is ideal for those suffering with a cold or hay fever.

An Indian head massage can be adapted to suit mini treatments or a corporate offering as the routine is done with the client in a chair and can be given dry without oils and with the client fully clothed however it is more beneficial with the use of oils as they have their own benefits and properties. Once finished this massage will give you a feeling of calm and relaxation.


Louise Mac – Anatomy & Physiology,  Aromatherapy and CPD Tutor 

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