Indian Head Massage

About Indian Head Massage and what to expect when coming for a treatment

About Indian Head Massage

Traditional Indian Head Massage (also known as "champissage") is based on the ancient system of medicine known as Ayurveda (meaning the science of life and longevity).

Head massage has been practised in India for thousands of years, and was brought to the West in the 1970s. Since the late 1990s it has gained in popularity and has developed into the therapy practised today. This extends beyond the head and scalp and includes areas of the body that are subject to stress including the upper back, shoulders, arms and neck.

Indian Head Massage is both a calming and invigorating treatment. It relieves muscular tension and headaches, improves the circulation of blood and lymph, stimulates the nervous system, relaxes and soothes tense eye muscles and stimulates the release of endorphins from the brain.

Benefits of Indian Head Massage include relief of stress and tension; relief of fatigue and eye strain; relief of headaches; improved scalp, skin and hair condition; improved energy levels; improved sleep and concentration; lifting mood and improving general sense of wellbeing.

The massage is carried out seated and fully clothed with the option for nutritional oils to be applied to the scalp and face.

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Why Choose Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage can be used as both a calming treatment and an invigorating treatment. Although the treatment is applied to the upper part of the body only (head, neck, shoulders, arms, ears and face) the effects work to de-stress the entire body.

Indian Head Massage is a holistic therapy in that the treatment has both physical and psychological benefits. Clients report that they feel as if their whole body feels balanced at the end of the treatment.

The massage is carried out seated and fully clothed. There is no need to undress.

The massage can be carried out dry (without oils) or with the option for nutritional oils to be applied to the scalp and face.

Indian Head Massage is used to relieve muscular tension and knots, improve the circulation of blood and lymph, stimulate the nervous system, relax and soothe tense eye muscles and stimulate the release of endorphins from the brain.

The benefits that clients have reported experiencing as a result of Indian Head Massage include feeling less stressed; feeling relief of muscle tension; having fewer headaches; feeling improved energy levels; noticing improvement to skin and scalp condition; noticing improved hair condition; improved sleep; improved concentration; improvement to mood and improving general sense of wellbeing.


The Preparation for Indian Head Massage

Your Indian Head Massage session starts with a consultation. If this is your first session with me we will have a discussion about what you expect from the treatment and I will answer any questions that you may have. I will then complete a confidential questionnaire with you. I will ask you questions about your health and lifestyle, any conditions and physical symptoms you are experiencing, and details of medications you may be taking. It is usually safe to have Indian Head Massage alongside conventional medicine however it may be necessary to discuss this with your GP before receiving treatment (see below).

I will also discuss with you any potential contra actions that you may experience as a result of the treatment.

At your second and subsequent sessions we need only complete a short questionnaire noting any changes to your health, physical symptoms and medications.

I will discuss with you the benefits of using oils on your scalp and face and your choice of medium to use on your hands and forearms. All the products I use are vegan and cruelty free.

I will then ask you to remove your shoes and to sit comfortably in a chair to begin the massage. You will not need to remove any other items of clothing. It is advisable to wear clothing that is loose fitting and cotton based

Indian Head Massage

Your Indian Head Massage treatment begins with massage over clothing of the upper back, shoulders and upper arms, followed by the massage of your forearms and hands to release tension and knots, improve circulation and to relax the muscles and nerves. A small amount of medium may be used for the massage of your hands and forearms with your consent. By the end of this part of the massage you may feel as though your hands and arms are floating as the tension is released.

The treatment continues with the massage of your neck before moving to your head and scalp. If you have opted for the use of oil it will be applied at this stage.

The treatment continues with the massage of your ears and face together with application of pressure to specific marma points on your face and head - an integral part of Ayurveda and similar to accupressure points.

The massage concludes with the balancing of your higher Chakras to encourage a sense of harmony and balance. At the end of the massage you will be encourage to rest quietly and to drink water to help with the elimination of waste products.

Feedback and Aftercare

At the end of the massage I will provide feedback as to my findings during the massage. This may include areas of tension that I have found and the techniques used to release the tension.

We will discuss any exercises/techniques that you can try at home to help prevent the build up of muscle tension and to help to manage stress.

I will give you aftercare advice on how to gain the maximum benefit from your treatment session and an after care leaflet.

We will also discuss the including discussion concerning the potential benefit of continued use of nutritional oils at home and I will advise you to how to remove the oil from your hair.

I will also make recommendations for the frequency of any future treatment sessions.

Top to Toe

Combined Indian Head Massage and Reflexology

If you're looking for the ultimate treatment for stress relief and relaxation look no further than my Top To Toe treatment.

This consists of 45 minutes of Indian Head Massage (with or without oil) followed by 45 minutes of Reflexology. A full 90 minutes of therapy (plus consultation time).

The price for this incredible combined therapy session is £75.00.

Top to Toe combined IHM and Reflexology from 1 May 2023

Bride to Be

Pamper Package

Why not give the Bride to Be the ultimate pre-wedding gift of a Bride to Be Pamper Package treatment to help them de-stress and relax before the big day?

This special package is priced at only £75.00 and consists of 90 minutes of hands on treatment including:

⭐ Soothing hand massage (to the forearms, hands, wrists and fingers)

⭐ Indian Head Massage – gentle seated massage to the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, ears and face together with chakra balancing to the higher chakras

⭐ Bespoke Reflexology  to either the face or the feet

All designed to release stress and tension, induce deep relaxation, release negative energy and promote a sense of balance and calm.

Bride to Be Pamper Package

Some frequently asked questions...

Do you need to know my medical history?

Indian Head Massage is a holistic therapy meaning that it works with your whole body and mind to bring it back into balance. I need to know about your health and lifestyle and any illnesses, injuries or conditions that you may currently be experiencing or may have experienced in the past, together with details of medication that you take. The information given is entirely confidential.

I also need to be aware of any contraindications that may mean that I am unable to give you an Indian Head Massage on the day, or why I may need to restrict or to adapt the treatment for you.

Is there any reason why I cannot have treatment?

There are some circumstances when I would be unable to treat you. These include: having a deep vein thrombosis; having a skin or scalp infection; having a fever; having or having been in contact with infectious or contagious disease (including Covid-19); having had a vaccination in the last 72 hours; having had a recent haemorrhage; having recently undergone surgery; being in the acute phase of a migraine; being within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy; being under the influence of alcohol or drugs; having had a recent head or neck injury.

Subject to your health conditions and medication, there may also be a need for you to discuss any planned treatment with your GP or consultant prior to receiving Indian Head Massage.

Are there any side effects?

Holistic therapists refer to "side effects" as contra actions.

Following a treatment you may experience some of the following contra actions: feeling hot or cold; having a slight headache; feeling light headed or dizzy; having a runny nose; noticing skin changes (such as spots; feeling thirsty; needing to pass urine or opening your bowels more frequently; sweating more than usual; noticing a change in appetite; having muscular aches and pains; feeling tired and needing to sleep; feeling more energised; having heightened emotions.

Any contra actions will usually be mild and will usually pass within 24 to 48 hours of the treatment.

I will give you detailed aftercare advice to help minimise the impact of any contra actions.

How long is an Indian Head Massage treatment session?

For a first Indian Head Massage treatment session you should allow up to one hour and 30 minutes for the session. This is to allow for the completion of the confidential health and lifestyle questionnaire and to discuss your treatment aims and objectives.

All subsequent Indian Head Massage sessions last one hour.

Unlike some other therapists I do not charge any additional fee for the first consultation and therapy session. My fees are currently £50 for all one hour Indian Head Massage sessions.

What should I wear/bring to an Indian Head Massage treatment?

Indian Head Massage is performed over your clothes. You only need to remove your shoes. It is advisable to wear loose fitting comfortable clothes that are cotton based.

As Indian Head Massage involves massage of the face it is advisable to remove makeup before attending the treatment session.

You will need to bring your own hairbrush/comb with you to brush your hair at the end of the session. If you have long hair you will also need to bring a clip/band/scrunchie so that your hair can be tied up out of the way for the massage of the upper back, shoulders and neck.

How often will I need Indian Head Massage?

There are many benefits to Indian Head Massage including release of muscle tension; improvement to hair, skin and scalp condition; reduction in stress levels; increased energy levels; improved sleep pattern; reduction of headaches and improved mood and sense of wellbeing. In order to maximise the benefits of the treatment, it is beneficial to have regular treatments.

Indian Head Massage can be carried out once or twice a week initially as part of a stress management or sleep or other programme.

After an initial course of treatment most clients will choose to come back regularly for maintenance.

Get in touch

Please use the form below to contact me if you have any queries about Indian Head Massage or if you wish to book an Indian Head Massage or reflexology treatment, or wish to buy gift vouchers. Alternatively, you can call me on |07928 672056|.I will respond to you by email unless you provide a contact telephone number for text messaging or call. Please add to your safe senders list to prevent my return contact being sent to your spam folder. Vicki.

My location

I am based in Holmes Chapel, near Crewe in Cheshire within easy reach of Knutsford, Congleton, Goostrey, Sandbach, and Macclesfield. My treatment room is easily accessible from Junction 18 of the M6. I see clients from the whole of Cheshire and also from further afield including Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire and Manchester. Off street parking is available.

To find out more or to enquire about booking a Reflexology or Indian Head Massage session, call me on |07928 672056|. You can also get in touch with me directly, using my secure and confidential online contact form.

Fees & Terms

Indian Head Massage sessions cost £50 per one hour session.

Payment is taken at the time of the session. I accept payment in cash, card or by bank transfer.

For a first consultation and treatment session you should allow up to 1 hour 30 minutes. All subsequent sessions last around 1 hour including a short consultation.

Please note that if you arrive late for your session, you will be charged in full for your treatment session, but your treatment time will be reduced.

Please note that if you wish to cancel or rearrange an appointment I require 24 hours’ notice; otherwise I reserve the right to charge you for any sessions missed.

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