Indian head massage, or Champissage (champi is the Hindi word for head massage), is a massage that is based on the ancient healing system of Ayurveda.
It uses firm massage strokes to stimulate the nerves and loosen up tight muscles.
The belief is that three of the major energy centres of the human body can be found in and around the head.
By stimulating these energy centres, Indian head massage helps to maintain the balance of energy within the body, and helps heal the body both physically and emotionally.
The treatment has been practiced in India for over a thousand years.
Originally it was almost exclusively concerned with massage of the head and hair follicles, to stimulate blood flow to the scalp and thereby nourishing hair roots.Various herbs, oils and spices with known healing properties were used in the process to relieve a number of common scalp conditions.
Over time the practice evolved to incorporate massage of the face, scalp, neck, upper back, shoulders and upper arms.