Massage has always played an important part in Indian life. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date back nearly 4000 years. These ancient texts describe that, when used in conjunction with herbs, spices and aromatic oils, massage had an important function and could not only help relieve muscle strain, but also encourage relaxation.
Today, Indian infants often receive a daily massage from birth until they are three years old. From three to six years of age, they are massaged once or twice a week. After six years of age, they are taught to share a massage with family members. Massage occurs across the generations in India as an integral part of family life. Indian Champissage™ springs from this rich tradition of family grooming. The word ‘shampoo’ comes from the Hindi word 'champi,’ meaning ‘massage of the head.’
The Indian Head Massage therapy known in the west today was formulated by Narendra Mehtra in 1981. In India barbers focused on the scalp and women focused on the hair. Everyone who worked with Narendra had his or her own individual technique, which had been handed down and developed through the generations. He decided that he would begin to formalise what he was experiencing and apply his heightened sensitivity as a blind person to discover how his patients reacted to specific moves.
Benefits of Indian Head Massage
Ideal for any neck or shoulder tension, the massage starts on the back and neck working to help the muscles to relax. The scalp massage techniques are used which relax, stimulate and revive a feeling of well-being in this area.