Indian Head Massage – foundation training

Indian head massage, or champissage, is a traditional form of therapeutic massage of the head, neck and upper body. When life force energy (prana) cannot flow freely through the subtle channels of the body, the stuck energy can cause fatigue, emotional imbalance and a range of ailments. The rhythmic, flowing movements of champissage release blockages while easing muscle tension and stimulating energy flow.

Prana is proud to be able to offer you the opportunity to learn, practise and experience champissage through one-on-one tuition with master practitioner, Saroj. With detailed instruction and hands-on demonstrations for each stage, you will learn the basics of this powerful massage technique.

Who can apply? Anyone!

Whether you’re a beauty practitioner, massage therapist, carer, partner or hairdresser – or are simply looking to acquire a new skill – our training is for you. There are no entry requirements, though some familiarity with massage techniques is helpful.

  • Contact us on 9316 1553 to arrange a time for your training.

‘Touch was never meant to be a luxury. It is a basic human need. It is an action that validates life and gives hope to both the receiver and the giver.’ – Irene Smith

Training structure
  • The session starts with Saroj giving you a 30-minute head massage. It’s essential that you have a lived experience of the technique so you can transcend the theory and put yourself in your clients’ shoes.
  • Learn how to tailor the initial consultation so the client feels seen and cared for, and offered something personal to them, not an ‘out of the box’ treatment.
  • Familiarise yourself with assessing any contraindications.
  • Learn the basic techniques of Indian head massage.
  • Learn what aftercare to offer your clients.

Allow four hours for your Indian head massage training.

Training personalised to you 

All Prana courses are a one-on-one experience because we believe it is not possible to tailor training sessions to our students’ individual requirements in a group session. Everyone comes with their own needs, experience and intentions, and for that reason Prana courses give you the opportunity to interact directly with Saroj, our principal practitioner-therapist.

Cost: $495

The course fee includes:

  • a four hour training session
  • a professional training reference manual
  • certification upon successful completion of the training
  • access to online, ongoing student support
  • A further 30 to 45 minute refresher (to be undertaken within 3 months of your original session).

We accept cash, credit card (Visa, MasterCard, and American Express) or payment by direct deposit.

How to register

Like all our treatments, our training is tailored to suit you by fitting around your work, study or family responsibilities. Contact us on 0449 592 728 to arrange a day and time that suit you (rather like a normal booking).

Other training possibilities

We are frequently asked whether we provide other training, and the short answer is YES! We are dedicated Ayurvedic practitioners and mentors by nature. Again, just contact us 0449 592 728 to enquire about other Ayurvedic trainings we offer.

Bring someone to practise on

Please organise for a family member or friend to accompany you to your four-hour session so you can practise the techniques, get hands-on experience and grow in confidence. If you can’t find someone, please notify us and we will try to arrange a volunteer for you.

Pre-training Reading

Key principles and benefits of champissage

Before your Indian head massage training (for yourself and your volunteer)
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks on the day.
  • Make sure hair is dry, and preferably unwashed.
  • If you prefer to remain clothed during your massage, wear a singlet to enable easier access to the upper back, shoulder and décolletage.
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal beforehand. If you’re hungry, have something light.
Frequently Asked Questions

Hi Saroj, I would like to attend an Indian massage course with Prana. Does attendance automatically grant me certification, and if not, what happens then? Do I have to pay to take the course again? Many thanks, Charlotte (Charlie) Manning.

Charlotte, certification is based on my professional assessment of a student’s practical and personal skills. It isn’t automatic, because that would not serve you (or your clients) well. However, should you fail, I will identify the areas you need to brush up on and advise you to return after you’ve had time to practise or fine-tune them. When you are ready to take the test again, I will allot you another 45 minutes (free of charge). Come Charlie, test yourself! – Saroj

Saroj, you are a respected beautician and very much loved so I hope you’ll forgive me for asking: how can Prana students possibly learn Indian head massage techniques in a few hours? Surely there is more that we as students need to know, understand, practise and perfect? Kind regards, Pippa.

Indeed Pippa, there is much to learn. Can one pass on the skills of a lifetime in a few hours? No. But I urge you (as I do all students) to remember that ‘repetition is the mother of skill’ and practice, practice, practice is our foundation. Pippa we are all students of life. I urge you to begin your journey. It can only lead to more opportunity. – Saroj.