Indian Head Massage
Indian head massage (or “Champi” in Hindi) is a practice that stemmed from a tradition of family grooming and is still practiced in families and also at barbers in India. It was brought to the UK by Narendra Metha, a blind man who developed and formalized Indian Head Massage into a therapy. Metha arrived in England in the 1970s where he trained as a physiotherapist. In 1978, he returned to India where he studied the benefits and practice of Champi. Metha soon included the neck, shoulders and face into the massage and employed modern knowledge of shiatsu and acupressure to relax tense areas, rebalance the energy and clear any areas of concentrated negativity.
Indian Head Massage is a traditional treatment, which relieves tension, headaches and stress with massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp and face. The massage is carried out whilst the client remains fully clothed and comfortably seated.
The use of oils is optional when massaging the scalp. Oil applied to the head can be absorbed into the roots of the hair and strengthen the hair and remove dryness. It can also assist in relaxing the muscles and nerves of the head leaving the recipient feeling relaxed and refreshed. Several types of oil may be used; some are seasonal such as mustard oil in winter and coconut in summer.
Jenny’s background has always been in science and mainly biology. She began by working at the Medical Research Centre and Clinical Pathology Unit at Harwell’s Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Jenny then entered the educational sector and became a Senior Science Technician working at a number of schools in the South of England.
Some years ago a visit to a spa for the weekend with a friend transformed Jenny’s career. She experienced the relaxation and enjoyment of massage and all the benefits it offers. It was this that started the desire to retrain and be able this experience to others. Jenny qualified in Holistic Massage and Indian Head Massage in 2006 and has since added Hot Stone Massage. In Jenny’s own words… “Joining ‘Wessex’ has been most rewarding. Working within a team of therapists we share our knowledge to give our clients the best from their treatment.”
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