The head massage comes from the Indian technique called Champissage. The technique is based on alternative medicine principle that is associated with energy flow or chakras. It has been used for thousands of years by Ayurvedic healers. The basic goal of this Indian massage is to release stress of headaches, relieve tightness in muscles, aid in sleeping and stimulate general health and well being.
Today in India , massagers roam the public places in great number and give head and body a go for a few chunks of rupees. Although they often have little knowledge of Ayurveda but they do know how to work with muscles, joints and bones. Many have received training based on the massage developed by wrestlers and body builders.
Around 80% of the population of India live in small rural villages where the tradition of Indian head massage is very much a part of every day life. Head massage is an enjoyable family and social activity and its skilful art is passed down from generation to generation. It is not just limited to family life and indeed in India barbers used to offer 'champi' which means head massage as well as a hair cut. Interestingly the English term 'shampoo' derives from the Hindu term 'champi'.
Proponents of the technique, based on ancient Ayurvedic medicine, say it can actually benefit other parts of the body as well, and that when used with certain oils it can get rid of gray hair (see below). As the practitioner concentrates on specific acupressure points in the aforementioned areas, it's claimed, a whole range of ailments throughout the body can improve.
The massage begins at the 10th thoracic vertebra and using a combination of massage strokes such as petrissage (finger tip pressure), effleurage (thumb sweeping), kneading and hacking clears the flow of energy to the head making it more susceptible to the massage. By rubbing, squeezing, manipulating, kneading, massaging and tapping the muscles and marmas, which as previously mentioned, are pressure points located throughout the body, in this case in the upper back, shoulder, neck and head, the central nervous system is strengthened. The central nervous system impacts on all the other systems of the body and so an Indian head massage gives the effects of a full body massage.
A good massage to the head helps to restore balance in the energy flow of the body leaving the recipient a feeling of peace and tranquility. Stimulation of the lymphatic drainage also occurs thereby helping the body to get rid of toxins effectively, restoring muscle tone and improving joint movements. Another advantage of this technique that is done using oil with the right rubbing-in movement is that; it makes for a healthy scalp, strengthens hair follicles, improves hair texture and increases hair growth.