Before television existed, in Indian culture grooming each other’s hair was a big part of everyday ritual. Traditionally, Indian families were joint families and in most cases still are. Grooming each other’s hair was/is a very social and nurturing part of everyday life. Indians use oil, predominantly coconut oil for hair growth and scalp conditioning. Almond oil, sesame oil, mustard oils are also used in Indian head massage. Having long lustrous hair is a sign of beauty in Indian culture.
Back in olden days, there were no lice treatments and this was a daily ritual for mothers to sit their kids down in front of them and scan for any unwanted visitors. Having oily, shiny hair was acceptable until television commercials of shampoo companies depicted images of women with silky flowing hair. Having oily hair was frowned upon mainly with city folks but still acceptable in villages and that is why it became more of an image issue. In cities, women do put oil on their scalp but prefer to wash if off before public appearance.
Indian head massage was and still is part of growing up. Even infants and babies receive daily massage. Men went to the barber shops to get Champi (Indian head massage) and in some older cities the Champi guy would call out in streets for anyone wanting Champi. Men also got Champi at home by their mothers, partners, daughters but the barbers also incorporated it with the haircut and it was quite a treat for men. The champi guys can be found even in public areas like beaches doing their thing. The Champi provided by barbers was more vigorous than the one at home. These techniques at home and in barber shops were handed down from mothers to daughters, fathers to sons.
Mr Narendra Mehta was the first person who introduced the Champi concept to the western world. Mr Mehta came to England in 1973 to train as physical therapist and he was dismayed and disappointed that the head was neglected and completely left out of full body massage treatment. He started to miss the Champi treat and it’s therapeutic benefits of the regular treatment. In 1978, he decided to do more research on the subject. He arrived at 2 conclusions:
- The Champi could benefit by being extended to include the face, neck, upper arms and shoulders areas that accumulate high levels of stress and tension.
- By introducing an Ayurvedic element into the Champi to include work on the 3 higher chakras – Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara to rebalance entire bodies energy system.
When these two elements were added to traditional head massage, Mr Mehta found he had a holistic therapy, which could be used effectively to treat the whole person. Experience had shown him that working on the head brings tremendous relaxation and relief from stress-related symptoms. In addition, he knew that head massage with oil serves as an excellent hair conditioner. Thus, Indian Champissage was born from an ancient practice to become an excellent contemporary therapy.
This new therapy was introduced at the 1981 ‘Mind, Body and Spirit’ exhibition at Olympia, England, where a total of 179 clients came to Mr Mehta’s stand suffering from headaches and many other stress-related symptoms. They left recharged and relaxed. Exposure to these and countless other clients during the next few years at his clinic and at various exhibitions allowed Mr Mehta to study the effects of his techniques in depth and to revise and expand them.
Indian Head Massage has received a lot of positive exposure through numerous articles, magazine features, and radio and television interviews since its introduction in the UK. This, together with the obvious efficacy of the treatment, has undoubtedly led to its current popularity amongst health practitioners and the general public as one of the leading complementary therapies in Great Britain.
The good news is that, you can book your Champisage with me, no need to go to the UK. You will have to try it to believe it. My customers can’t believe how amazing they feel just after one treatment and they can’t wait till their next one. I use pure coconut oil in the massage and recommend leaving the oil on your scalp overnight before washing.
Indian head massage balances the 3 main chakras.
- Throat chakra (Vishuddha)
- Third eye chakra (Ajana)
- Crown chakra (Sahasrara)
Indian head massage is form of energy healing that help balance on a physical, emotional/mental and spiritual level.
Some of the benefits of Indian Head Massage:
Stress & tension relief
Releases locked emotions
Release of stagnant energy
Relief from anxiety
Relaxation of muscles
Relief from neck and shoulder stiffness
Relief from tension headache
Relief from sinusitis
Relief from migraine
Relief from eye strain
Relief from nightmares
Relief from headache and eye strain
Promotes hair growth
Stimulates the scalp
Helps with insomnia
Improves memory, concentration
Increased blood circulation
You’ll love it!