Indian Head Massage and Its Benefits

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian head massage (or ‘Champi’ in Hindi) is a practice that originated over a thousand years ago in India, where it stemmed from a tradition of family grooming. Indian mothers used to massage their daughters’ hair with different oils to encourage long, lustrous locks.

Narendra Metha, a blind man who grew up in an Indian community where Champi was an important part of life, was the first person to develop and formalise Indian head massage into an actual therapy. Today, one of the most popular forms of head massage is Champissage – a trademarked sequence of massage movements.

Metha arrived in England in the 1970s where he trained as a physiotherapist. In 1978 he returned to India where he studied the benefits and practice of Champi. Metha soon included the neck, shoulders and face in the massage and employed modern knowledge of shiatsu and acupressure to relax tense areas, rebalance the energy and clear any areas of concentrated negativity.

Health benefits

Indian head massage works on areas affected by mental and emotional stress and can bring immediate relief. It also improves circulation in the head, enhances your senses, improves memory and promotes clear thinking.

People who suffer from headaches, migraines, insomnia, tinnitis, vertigo and depression should consider Indian head massage as a way to bring fast relief. It is also said that the head massage addresses the harmful effect of cell phone radiation.

Many different medical practitioners and corporate companies are discovering the benefits of this ancient practice. Dentists, for example, are using it to ease their patients’ discomfort, while businesses are offering their employees free in-office massages in the quest to increase productivity and reduce absenteeism.

Air-conditioning and artificial lighting of the office environment often cause headaches, as can sitting slouched in front of the computer all day or the steering wheel, which may result in the formation of stress nodules in the neck and shoulders. Because Indian head massage can be performed anywhere and is just as effective if done dry, it is the ideal way to relieve office-related stress.

Other benefits:

  • Increases oxygen and glucose supply to the brain.
  • Improves circulation of cerebrospinal fluid.
  • Dissipates accumulated toxins in the head.
  • Increases brain’s pranic energy level.
  • Helps reduce hair loss, premature balding and greying.
  • Growth and lustre of hair are improved.
  • Massage of the temples, eyebrows and forehead improves eyesight and concentration.
  • Good for the sinuses.
  • Helps in the development of a six- to nine-month-old baby’s eyesight and brain.


  • People with degenerative spinal disorders such as osteoporosis and arthritis require a more gentle massage.
  • Pressure should be moderated according to the individual’s needs and characteristics, including age.
  • Allow five to ten days between treatments to give the body a chance to get rid of the toxins liberated by the treatment.

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