What is Indian Head Massage?
Indian Head massage (IHM) or Champissage (as it is also known) is an extremely effective therapy involving massage to the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, face and scalp, with the client remaining seated in an upright position.
This massage works on significant areas of the body where stress affects major muscle groups. Tensions are eased and fibrous knots and nodules melt away.
Some clients choose to have shorter 45 minute seated fully clothed treatments with or without oils, whereas others opt for the longer (60 – 90 minute) deeper horizontal version of IHM which involves a slow & luxurious massage with oils & blends containing appropriate herbs and/or essential oils for each individual’s needs, while working clockwise and anticlockwise on what are known as marma points of the upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, cranium/scalp, hair, face.
The techniques and roots of this treatment are based on and drawn from an Ayurvedic tradition of releasing stagnant energy and renewing with vibrant good energy, thereby releasing toxins and improving overall mental & physical health.
What clients say about Indian Head Massage
Clients have reported this treatment relieves headaches, many upper body tensions, knots, nodules and pain and also significantly improves sleep. It has also been reported to support (alongside where appropriate: medical / psychiatric care, psychotherapy & counselling) sufferers of stress, anxiety and depressive feelings/thoughts by helping to reduce and manage their symptoms.
Other reported benefits include the positive effect it has on those affected by the winter nights drawing in (“the Winter Blues”). Also known as “Seasonal Affected Disorder” (“SAD”), this is a condition that affects many of us during the dark winter months when there are but a few hours of true daylight. It is recommended that people who experience this disorder commence treatments in the late autumn through to early Spring to take full advantage of their benefits. Special lamps can be purchased on-line which also have reported benefits.
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