Blog Champissage - a real head turner!
The fascination with Indian principals for wellbeing in Britain is probably a consequence of the Imperial rule and subsequent posting of British citizens within the nation during the 19th and 20th centuries. A large amount of Indian culture was assimilated through the ranks and brought back to the home ground (hence curry being our favourite national dish) so that now even our vocabulary contains a fair number of words of Indian origin. One of these is ‘shampoo’ which originates from the Indian word for scalp massage – champissage. In the Western World we have renamed champissage ‘Indian Head Massage’ and this was traditionally practised within the family home, having as many benefits for the community as a whole, as it does for the individual. The massage would be given and received on a daily basis from family member to family member, sometimes simultaneously with them sitting in a circle and each working on the person in front. This was a very bonding experience for the family, allowing them to strengthen ties while keeping an eye on each other’s health.
These days, in the Western World, Indian Head Massage still continues to contain the same movements and be undertaken in the same position, but it tends to be only within spas and salons and with one therapist working with one client. It is essentially three massages in one treatment, beginning with a massage to the neck, shoulders and tops of the arms, then the scalp and finally the face. This all takes place with the subject sitting upright in a chair, which enables any toxins that the massage releases from the muscles to fall away from the area and move via gravity towards the lymph nodes for processing out of the body. A light oil is applied to all three of these areas, which helps to moisturise the skin and scalp, and which the Indians claim is how they achieve such lustrous, shiny hair.
Below I have detailed some of the many advantages of Indian Head Massage.
Neck and Shoulder Massage
* General relaxation
* Relieves muscular tension
* Reduces headaches and migraine caused by excess muscular tension
* Improves posture
* Encourages hair growth
* Promotes thicker, fuller, stronger, healthier hair with less split ends and breakage
* Improves hair lustre and shine
* Improves sleep patterns
* Boosts immunity
For more information on the benefits of scalp massage, please refer to my previous blog at http://bit.ly/1uftH2k
* Improves skin elasticity
* Relieves tension around the eyes and jaw
* Brings nutrients to the skin
* Drains toxins and excess fluid from the skin (which can cause jowls and under eye bags)
* Improves skin’s natural glow
* Unblocks sinuses
I would just like to take this opportunity to point out that this massage (as with any scalp massage) is best when performed on clean, dry, product-free hair. Any product or moisture in the hair will cause the therapist’s fingers to get caught up in it, which can mean that they tug at your hair rather than gliding through it.
It is also worth pointing out that, as the client is not lying on their tummy, Indian Head Massage is one of the few massage treatments that is suitable during pregnancy.
For the month of February I am offering a 20% discount on any Indian Head Massages, taking the price of the 45 minute treatment down from £30 to only £24. With all of the benefits as detailed above I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a real bargain!
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