What is Indian Head Massage?

An Indian Head Massage is a deeply relaxing treatment which may relieve tension headaches, calm frayed nerves and improve the quality and duration of your night’s sleep. It may also relieve sinusitis and the frequency and intensity of migraines and is said to promote hair growth and a healthy scalp.

It is a popular choice amongst pregnant women looking to avoid taking pain medication for headaches and because of its relaxation benefits.


Traditionally Oil is poured through the hair when starting I.H.M but in my experience most people do not like oil in their hair so this is often omitted. Please let the therapist know before treatment which you prefer. To carry out work on the back, it is preferred that tops are removed for comfort. Tops can be left on, but the experience of rubbing through clothes does not always feel as pleasant and can be irritating.

The treatment involves massage and the stimulation of pressure points on the upper back, upper arms, neck, head and face, ending with  Chakra energy balancing.

Different massage techniques are used throughout the treatment and these vary between stimulating movements and soothing movements.

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I.H.M Can help with the following:-

  • Increase sense of well-being
  • Aid relaxation and ease mental and physical stress
  • Reduce tension in the shoulders and neck
  • Relief of headaches and eye strain
  • Relief of sinus problems
  • Improved sleep pattern
  • May boost the immune system
  • Promote healthy hair and can improve hair growth
  • Improve cellular function of the skin


history of indian head massageIndian Head Massage or Champissage as it is traditionally known as in India, is based on the ancient Ayurvedic system of healing, a holistic healing system using natural therapies and encompassing the mind, body and spirit. It consists of a combination of fast and slow movements, kneading, rubbing, squeezing and stroking the body’s tissues and muscles, with the aim to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind.

Indian Head Massage can be traced back over 4000 years in India. It is an important part of family life in India, with treatments being given to babies and children, and the techniques being passed on from one generation to the next.