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Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage at HTC

What is Indian head massage? Everything you need to know...

Indian head massage, as the name indicates, originated from India and is a beautifully traditional practice that is now immensely popular amongst Western cultures. This is due to its simplicity and portability, which allows it to be utilised anywhere and everywhere, making relaxation and holistic wellness more accessible for everyone. Read on to uncover more about the benefits of Indian head massage, where it came from, and what to expect if you’d like to go for a treatment.

IHM Quick Facts
  • Duration: 35 – 45 minutes
  • Body parts treated: Head, shoulders, neck, and face
  • Techniques used: Circular movements along acupressure points, strokes, stretches
  • Equipment: None, may use oils if requested
What is Indian head massage?

Indian head massage, also known as champissage, is a treatment that focuses on massaging acupressure points along the head, neck, and shoulders, often using circular massage strokes to improve hair and scalp condition. 

It originates from an Indian alternative medicine system called Ayurveda, (translated as the ‘science of life’), whereby it is believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and thus can influence one another. Through this theory, it is understood that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and improve physical well-being, but it can also improve mental and emotional wellness too. 

Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been used in India for over 2000 years, (since around 600 B.C.), and requires no oils or equipment, making it a very accessible treatment, perfect for newcomers to massage. It is usually done while seated and through light clothing.

The simplicity and accessibility of Indian head massage also mean that it is a massage you can give yourself very easily anytime you need to unwind. Watch the video below from Indian blogger Sushmita who outlines the acupressure points (presented as ‘Marma’ points from the Sanskrit translation), and demonstrates a routine you can try for yourself, with or without the oils. 

What to expect

At your first appointment (Assessment and treatment) here at Hempstead Therapy Centre, your therapist, Samantha (Sam), a qualified and registered nurse, Reflexologist & Massage Therapist will take a short medical history and ask a few questions about your general current constitution.

Thereafter treatment will be applied. There is minimal removal of clothing & jewellery to allow access to the head, face, neck & shoulders.

A typical Indian head massage treatment, usually starts with the shoulders, working into this area especially as it often holds a lot of tension. The upper back may also be massaged by working around the shoulder blade. Following this, flowing motions will move up the neck massaging and stretching to relieve any stress and tension.

Finally, the scalp is then massaged along the acupressure points on the head, and in non-corporate settings, followed up by the forehead and the area around the eyes. The upper back and arms can also be massaged depending on the techniques being used. 

HTC - Close up of Indian Head Massage
HTC - Man receiving Indian Head Massage
HTC - female enjoying an Indian Head Massage
A brief history of Indian head massage

The Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic practice used in India for over 2,000 years, (since around 600 B.C), usually by mothers on their daughters. It is part of the practice of medicine called Ayurveda, which aims to promote long life and balance the body’s energies. It was often used with spices and herbs that would promote good health and skin. 

Traditionally, the Indian head massage was used at weddings and births. Today, many babies still receive the massage to keep them in good health.

The benefits of Indian head massage

There are so many benefits to Indian head massage; here are just a few:

  • Promotes hair growth by increasing oxygen in the hair follicles which stimulates growth and health.  
  • Prevents headaches and migraines by releasing built-up tension in the head and neck area and relieving muscle stiffness 
  • Renews and balances energy levels by working with the three higher chakras 
  • Relieves symptoms of depression and anxiety through relaxation 
  • Boosts memory capabilities by relieving stress and quieting the mind  
  • Stimulates lymphatic drainage by circulating blood to the neck area 
  • Better sleep by reducing stress 
  • Improves circulation of cerebral spinal fluid
Interesting IHM facts
  • Soothes the sinuses – as well as being great for headaches, Indian head massage is a great way to reduce sinus trouble when you have a cold. To put a stop to sinus pain, simply massage the pressure points along your cheekbones. 
  • Refreshes tired eyes – we all spend too much time staring at screens nowadays, and Indian head massage is one way to ease eye strain. Massaging around the eye and into the temples loosens the muscles around your eye sockets and can help them feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
  • A part of life across cultures – in countries such as India and Turkey, head massage is commonly incorporated into the barber’s service, so if you’re ever abroad, consider getting your hair cut at the local salon! In India, head massage is also frequently part of wedding and birth traditions and rituals.