Ayurvedic texts dating back some 4,000 years mention massage as a form of therapy. “Ayurveda” is supposed to be one of the most ancient forms of medicine in the world. Its origin is from India.
Indian Head Massage (IHM) was often used with a mixture of herbs and spices in order to help heal a person. IHM is still widely used in India today, and many young children receive massage from birth.
Indian Head Massage, as was practiced by women in India, was restricted to the head and the hair. It was part of their grooming routine. Different oils were used depending on the season (henna, sesame, coconut, almond, olive oil, etc..) to keep their hair in good condition. This form of Indian Head Massage was passed on from mother to daughter for many centuries.
Barbers also practiced Indian Head Massage, but their form of massage was more invigorating as it was mainly aimed at stimulating and refreshing the client. It is not uncommon nowadays to be offered an Indian Head Massage on street corners or on the beach. However, if you receive a massage in a barber shop in India, ask the barber not to click your neck!
The word “Champi” in Hindi means “head massage”. Being “Champied”, meant you had your head massaged. The word “Shampoo” that is used in the West comes from this origin.
Massage not only firms up the skin and strengthens the muscles but also encourages the body’s natural healing abilities.
Modern Indian Head Massage was first introduced in the UK in 1981 at the “Body Mind Spirit” exhibition at Olympia in London by Mr. Narenda Mehta.
Mr. Mehta has been totally blind since the age of one. He is qualified in body massage, Osteopathy, Reflexology and touch for health. He lectures around the world and has his own school at the ”London Centre of Indian Champissage”. Mr. Mehta expanded the original form of head massage to include part of the back, the shoulders, the neck and the arms.
Further information on IHM may be found here.