Find out about the origins of Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage is based on Ayurveda - an ancient, holistic healthcare system that focuses on the importance of achieving mind, body and spirit balance to promote and maintain good health, wellbeing and longevity.
Indian head massage, or ‘champi’ as it’s known in Hindi and Urdu, stems from the important Indian family tradition of grooming, which has been practised for over 1,000 years. It was originally developed by Indian women giving regular head and scalp massages to their daughters. These were combined with aromatic oils like coconut, almond, olive, sesame and buttermilk according to season, to keep their long hair strong and in beautiful condition. This tradition has been kept alive by the techniques being passed down from mother to daughter.
At that time Indian barbers also offered champi as part of their hair cutting treatment for male clients, although their treatments differed in intention and style. Whereas champi for women was a relaxing and calming therapy that formed part of their beauty regime, for men it was an invigorating scalp massage intended to stimulate and refresh the person. The techniques that Indian barbers evolved have also been passed down from father to son.
Today many Indian babies are still given daily head massages to maintain their health; from three to six they receive a massage once or twice weekly and after the age of six they are taught to share the massage technique with family members.