History of Indian Head Massage

History of Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage known as “Champissage” in India is part of the ancient healing system of Ayurveda ‘the science of life’ which is probably the oldest recorded form of medical treatment dating back for thousands of years. It has played a very important role In Indian life as a principle method of relieving pain and healing. Champi is an original Indian word meaning head massage. Indian Champissage includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears, and energy balancing. The origin of shampoo comes from ‘Champi’. Being ‘Champi-ed’ meant having your head massaged.

The concept was originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season (coconut, sesame, almond, olive oil, herbal oils, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna) and individual needs to keep their long hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition. Massaging the head would start when a baby was born. After six years of age, they are taught to share a massage with family members but when the boys reached puberty barbers would then massage them while giving them a hair cut. It provides relaxation and healing on a daily basis, as well as playing a part in rituals such as weddings and births.