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17 February 2011

What is Indian head massage?

Indian head massage (or "Champi" in Hindi) is a practice that originated over a thousand years ago in India, where it stemmed from a tradition of family grooming.

Indian head massage (or "Champi" in Hindi) is a practice that originated over a thousand years ago in India, where it stemmed from a tradition of family grooming. Indian mothers used to massage their daughters' hair with different oils to encourage long, lustrous locks.

Metha arrived in England in the 1970s where he trained as a physiotherapist. In 1978 he returned to India where he studied the benefits and practice of Champi. Metha soon included the neck, shoulders and face in the massage and employed modern knowledge of shiatsu and acupressure to relax tense areas, rebalance the energy and clear any areas of concentrated negativity.

  • increases oxygen and glucose supply to the brain;
  • improves circulation of cerebrospinal fluid;
  • dissipates accumulated toxins in the head;
  • increases the brain's pranic energy level;
  • helps reduce hair loss, premature balding and greying;
  • growth and lustre of hair is improved;
  • massage of the temples, eyebrows and forehead improves eyesight and concentration;
  • good for the sinuses;
  • helps in the development of a six- to nine-month-old baby's eyesight and brain.

  • People with degenerative spinal disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis require a more gentle massage.
  • Pressure should be moderated according to the individual's needs and characteristics, including age.
  • Allow five to ten days between treatments to give the body a chance to get rid of the toxins liberated by the treatment.

 
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