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Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

Traditional Indian head massage for relaxation and also for health

The Indian head massage is a therapeutic massage technique that originates from a ritual practiced in India for over 4,000 years.

A head massage whose purpose is to release vital energy so that it circulates freely through a healthy body.

Indian head massage
The Indian head massage is an excellent massage technique for the hair, but also for a moment of relaxation.

First of all, Ayurvedic medicine – like traditional Chinese medicine – considers that blockages in vital energy are the cause of illnesses and health problems such as stress, insomnia, poor blood circulation, or poor general health.

The ritual of head massage is still relevant today

In order to dispel negative energies that are sources of disease, and to restore positive energies, Indians used to organize massages of the head in meetings and groups of all ages.

These head massage sessions began with the application of a variety of nut and seed oils – coconut, olive or sesame – to nourish the scalp before performing the massage.

Today, the Indians make an appointment in a specialized beauty salon or hairdresser to do their traditional head massages on a regular basis.

Head massage becomes mushrooming

The Indian head massage was introduced in Europe in the 1970s by Narendra Mehta, an osteopath and massage therapist native to Bombay.

Using many massage techniques handed down from generation to generation, Mehta developed a specific technique that included head, neck and shoulder massage.

This massage technique, intended to provide health and well-being, was named “champissage” by its creator. Champion meaning “head massage” in indian. This term is also the origin of the word “shampoo” in English and “shampoo” in French.

Head massage works on three chakras

The fieldage acts on the three main chakras – energy centres – of the body located on the skull, forehead and throat.

By working on these energy centers, head massage maintains balance and health of the hair, relieves stress and anxiety, provides better sleep, and increases body and mental energy.

Usually, during an Indian massage of the head or a mushroom, the person is sitting and the massage therapist just behind standing or sitting. A treatment session can take place in this way:

# Shoulder massage
Massage by light pressure on the trapezoid muscles at the base of the neck, with movements towards the outside of the shoulders. Massage repeated three times.

# Neck massage
The neck is massaged with circular movements from the collarbone to the birth of the hair. Massage also repeated three times.

# Shoulder massage
The shoulders are then massaged with a rolling movement that begins under the jaw and ends at the shoulders. This massage is repeated three times.

# Back neck massage
The back of the neck is squeezed gently with a rotating movement that starts from the collarbone and goes back to the hairline, avoiding vertebrae. Repeat massage five times.

# Head massage
With head massage, the skull is slowly and gently tilted forward and backward.

# Scalp massage
The entire scalp is massaged with gentle pressure four or five times before being rubbed energetically (but painlessly). The scalp massage lasts one minute.

# Hair massage
The hair is massaged at least three times with the fingers from the forehead backwards.

# Temple massage
The temples are massaged three times also with a circular movement and small pressure.

# Final head massage
To finish the head massage: the whole head is gently massaged from the forehead backwards for a good minute. The movements are getting lighter and lighter.

Well, that’s all for today. I hope you enjoyed this traditional massage technique and that it made you want to try an Indian head massage. You will thus be able to enjoy a rare moment of relaxation that links the useful to your well-being…

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