Indian Head Massage (Champissage)

Indian Head Massage (Champissage)

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Indian head massage, as the name indicates, originated from India and is a wonderful traditional practice that is now immensely popular amongst Western cultures. This is due to its simplicity and portability, which allows it to be utilized almost anywhere and everywhere, making relaxation and holistic wellness even more accessible for everyone. 

IHM Quick Facts

  • 35 - up to 45 minutes depending on the setting and whether a post hair oil application is opted in for at the end of the treatment. 
  • Body parts treated: Upper back, Shoulders, Upper arms, Neck, Head, Face and Ears. 
  • Equipment: Standard armless chair, small pillow, optional oil (applied at the end of the treatment) 
  • Price: Varies from region to region and setting to setting. 

What is an Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage, also known as Champissage, is a treatment that focuses on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms neck, head, face and ears and uses a variety friction and other moves to induce relaxation and as well as to address several common stress related issues: Headaches, migraines, hair loss, insomnia, sinusitis and upper back stiffness and tightness, just to name a few. 

It originates from an Indian alternative medicine system called Ayurveda, (translated as the ‘science of life’), whereby it is believed that the mind and body are intricately connected and thus can influence one another. Through this theory, it is understood that Indian head massage can not only reduce headaches and improve physical well-being, but it can also improve mental and emotional wellness too. 

Indian head massage is an ancient therapeutic practice that has been used in India for centuries and requires no speical equipment making it a very accessible treatment and perfect for newcomers to massage. It is usually done while seated and through light clothing.

Spa Champissage can also be offered by spas. This is done by enhancing this treatment with a few extras. This is all detailed in class. 

This treatment is not fully transferable to the massage table. Some parts can be extrapolated and integrated into a massage. This treatment makes for a nice stand alone treatment but also can be a 30 minute add-on to a 60 minute massage treatment. 

Learn more about the treatment including the common benefits and contraindications.