Prana’s Indian Head Massage

Champissage (as it is known in India) is an ancient Ayurvedic therapy based on a timeless knowledge: that our happy progress in life is deeply connected to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Indian Head Massage involves the vigorous, rhythmic flow of movements which release a tenseness you had perhaps become accustomed to. As we massage the head, face, neck, upper back and shoulders in firm circular motions we restore the body’s natural balance.

Champissage’s intent is quite distinct from ‘massage’ (typically lying prone… a relaxing, often sleep inducing experience). Rather, Champissage clients are seated upright to better facilitate the firm vigorous movements which stimulate, awaken and align the body’s vital energy points we call the Chakras.

Champissage: key principles and benefits

1. Chronic headaches and back pain… are they just par for the course these days?

No, not at all! Please, don’t accept this as ‘normal’. Many of us experience tension in the upper back, neck and head, which can lead to migraines, headaches and back pain (a situation one of our Clients considered ‘normal’ until he experienced profound and unexpected relief). Constant background pain is often explained away as ‘normal’ but it isn’t.

2. Champissage: its role in nourishing and promoting healthy hair growth

This is a lovely side effect of Champissage. Here, the massage increases nourishment and oxygen to the scalp and hair follicles which in turn stimulate hair growth. Everyone’s hair grows… Indian Head Massage boosts the process and promotes luscious locks!

3. Detoxifying the body and stimulating lymphatic drainage

Indian Head Massage stimulates and improves lymphatic drainage and blood flow to the neck – thus, helping to remove waste products from the body. Confused? The Lymphatic system is our front line of defence in fighting bodily infections, detoxifying the body and transporting metabolic wastes, excess water, bacteria and toxins out of the body. So here’s the thing: lymphatic drainage aids the body’s immune system and is highly recommended if you are prone to sore throats, colds, infections, on-going tiredness, excess fluid retention or low immunity. For the physically inactive this is especially beneficial.

4. Deep restful sleep feels (and actually is) so good…

Today, we often experience the side-effects and inevitable consequences of our sedentary lifestyles: confined to the office workplace for 8 hours or more and car-reliant at each end of the day! Rest is essential to our wellbeing and Indian Head Massage promotes the deep sleep our body needs to keep performing.

5. Oxygen: relieving anxiety and depression

Indian Head Massages encourage the supply of oxygen to the brain because the flow of oxygen lifts your mood, helps you think clearly and reduces anxiety. HINT: even taking several deep breaths through the nose before you sleep will do so much for you… try it!

Saroj, as I sat comfortably with you I became lost in a dream… all the while knowing that you were performing a flowing sequence of movements across my upper back, shoulders, arms, neck, ears, face and finally my scalp. My waking mind registered all of this: a combination of stroking, friction (what you later told me were pressure point techniques). Saroj I confess that I am still to grasp the finer points of this treatment. But one thing I do know… my physical and emotional relief was something no words can adequately express.”