Massage has played an important part in India for thousands of years. Infants often receive a daily massage from birth until age three to keep them supple and in good health. From ages three to six children receive weekly massages. After age six, they are taught to share a massage with family. Champissage™ is based on the tradition of massage playing an essential role in family life.
The concept of head massage was originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season and individual needs to keep their long hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition. Barbers practiced many of the same techniques with male clients. However, treatments offered by barbers differed from the massages performed by women. A champi was an invigorating scalp massage designed to stimulate and refresh the individual and was not considered part of a beauty regime. Regular head massage, as practiced by woman to beautify their hair, was soothing and relaxing.
Narendra Mehta, the creator of Champissage™, grew up with head massage as an integral part of his life. It was something experienced every time he visited a barber. When Narendra arrived in England in 1973 to train as a Physical Therapist, he discovered that head massage was not generally available. Five years later he returned to India to research the art of head massage. He found that barbers focused on the scalp and women focused on the hair and everyone had their own individual technique, which had been handed down and developed through generations. Applying his heightened sensitivity as a blind person, he discovered which part of his body reacted most positively to specific moves. He determined that the massage could benefit by being expanded to include areas that accumulate high levels of stress and tension, specifically the face, neck, upper arms and shoulders, and that by introducing an Ayurvedic element the body’s entire energy system could be rebalanced.
By adding these elements to the traditional head massage, Narendra discovered 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 developed from an ancient practice to become a contemporary therapy.
What is Champissage™?
Champissage™ is a massage of the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, and scalp, ears and face together with energy balancing. The recipient is seated and remains fully clothed. It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that is safe, and very effective, without the need to undress or use oils. A Champissage™ session is pleasurable. There is no heavy manipulation. As you sit with your eyes closed, the practitioner’s fingertips ruffle your hair, patter across your head and face like cool raindrops and gently stimulate your earlobes.
Benefits of Champissage™
The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. The process is used as a therapeutic treatment for problems related to the upper body. It enhances the circulation to the lymph and heart, dispersing toxins from previously congested muscles, and stimulating the lymphatic system. This aids in the treatment and prevention of many illnesses. Improved circulation results in increased oxygen uptake in the tissues promoting mental alertness and clarity.
Champissage™ can provide relief from aches and pains, stress, insomnia, promote hair growth and soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow, resulting in a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquility. Stress relief and all round relaxation is the ultimate goal of this technique.
Is Champissage™ for You?
Although Champissage™ is safe, there are a few situations and health conditions where it should be avoided. In order to help you to decide whether this treatment could have a positive effect on your life these conditions are as follows:
· high or low blood pressure
· general illness
· food poisoning
· after accidents, injuries or surgery involving the head, neck or upper back
· localized infectious skin disorder around the areas to be worked on
· under the influence of alcohol
· severe inflammation
· infectious diseases
If you suffer from tension around the head, jaw and face, and prefer a quick, less invasive massage, Champissage™ may be something to consider.