What is Indian Head Massage?

Also called Chāmpi the Hindi term for the practice, and massage. The aim of this traditional Ayuverdic head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. It is particularly good for reducing the harmful effects of stress and may also help those suffering from insomnia, TMJ, headaches, migraines and sinusitis. 



Indian Head Massage Benefits

Physical Benefits 

  • Relieves muscle tension and improves mobility in in the upper body and neck.
  • Improves blood circulation around the head and neck area assisting with the exchange of carbon dioxide nutrients and oxygen.
  • Improves lymphatic drainage from the head and neck so assisting with the removal of waste and toxins.
  • Relaxes the body so improving mental concentration.
  • Relieves eyestrain.
  • Reduces congestion and a number of sinus related problems.

Psychological benefits

  • Helps to balance the energy centres (or chakras) of the body through releasing pent up energy to help the body operate at its optimum capacity.
  • Relieves headaches, migraines and other similar psychological ailments.
  • Dramatically reduces stress mental tension and anxiety.
  • Helps to alleviate insomnia.
  • Revitalises and clears the mind, which in turn improves concentration and mental responsiveness.
  • Helps to improve memory capabilities.
  • Promotes a deep and lasting sense of peace, calm and tranquillity

Indian Head Massage slows us down, awareness of the senses takes over, thoughts quieten and awareness is brought to the forefront. Think of it like someone pressing your ‘reset’ button.

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Description of a Typical Session

We will have a discussion and give you the an opportunity to discuss any particular problems or issues you are experiencing and ask you what they are hoping to achieve from their session. For the actual session, you will rest comfortably on a massage chair followed by resting on a massage couch for the face massage.

The Malish technique addresses the upper back, neck, scalp and face using a variety of massage pressures and techniques and is one of the most relaxing types of massages you will ever experience.  A typical treatment normally lasts between thirty to forty five minutes. 

Ideal for any neck or shoulder tension, the massage starts on the upper back working with a circulation boosting techniques aid in tension relief, while using unique massage techniques and pressure points to help the muscles to relax. Moving on to the neck a cooling salve is applied to the base of the skull that ads a truly unique sensation from the warming circulation used on the upper back.

After thoroughly working the neck the massage flows up into the scalp, the oh-so-good techniques quickly melts away the stresses of life, relaxing yet stimulating the entire head area.  The whole scalp is covered to encourage circulation, oxygen and nutrients to the area and often leaving a tingling sensation.  The head portion of this treatment is said to encourage strong, healthy hair growth and to calm the frayed mind. Finally, the treatment finishes with a wonderful soothing face and ear massage, which includes pressure points and draining techniques that may help headaches and sinus problems.

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History of Indian Head Massage


Indian Head Massage (or champissage) is based on the ancient Ayurvedic healing system passed down from generation to generation within ancient India. It is a holistic therapy incorporating mind, body and spirit. The treatment has been practised in India for over a thousand years, originally to keep hair in beautiful condition by stimulating blood flow to the scalp, thus nourishing the hair roots A variety of herbs, spices and oils with known healing properties were used in the process which gave the added benefit of relieving a number of common scalp conditions. Originally it was almost exclusively concerned with massage of the head and hair folicles, although over time it has developed to incorporate massage and manipulation of the face, scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders and upper arms as is seen in the modern embodiment of the therapy.

Indian Head massage was originally developed by women who practised the techniques within their family and friendship groups on those of all ages. As well as the physical and psychological benefits associated with the treatment it also gave the added bonus of improving bonds. Over time Hairdressers and barbers began to offer Indian Head Massage to both their male and female customers as it complimented their main service.


All my sessions have felt very calming and relaxed. I have been put at ease by Preya’s manner and concern for my wellbeing. The indian Head Massage is invigorating in parts and calming in others, I felt as if my body was thankful for it
— Henry | Yogi | Indian Head Massage