What can Indian Head Massage do for you?


Because of the close working relationship between the upper arms, upper back, shoulders, neck, head, face and ears, Indian Head Massage has been developed to work on all these tension carrying areas. By working in this way, the whole body benefits physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Through relaxation, other systems of the body are encouraged and supported to function more effectively.

What is Indian Head Massage

As its name implies, Indian Head Massage has been developed from the traditional massage practices of India. During training in England to become a physiotherapist, an Indian gentleman called Narendra Mehata began to miss the therapeutic value of regular head massage. In 1978, he decided to return to India to research the ancient art of head massage. Using his heightened sensitivity as a blind person to discover which parts of his body reacted most positively to specific moves, Narendra developed a holistic therapy that included work on the face, neck, upper arms and shoulders; areas that accumulate high levels of stress and tension. He also introduced an Ayurvedic element into the massage to include work on the three higher Chakras.

What to expect during your treatment

The primary aim of your Indian Head Massage treatment is relaxation. At your first session with Karen you will be required to complete a consent form prior to your session. Indian Head Massage is applied fully clothed, however you may be required to remove any outer jackets to allow for a smoother massage. The treatment is performed seated in a normal office chair, and is performed on the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, head, face and ears. No oils, balms or creams are used, and no other equipment is needed.  Indian Head Massage is non invasive and the entire process is gentle. Despite being gentle it is a powerful therapy that may be enjoyed as a stand alone session, or in conjunction with a reflexology treatment.

History of Indian
Head Massage

Massage occurs across the generations in India as an integral part of family life. Indian Champissage™ springs from this rich tradition of family grooming. It features in the earliest Ayurvedic texts, which date back nearly 4000 years. 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 a beautiful condition. Barbers practised many of the same skills with their male clients. They used to visit individual homes, cutting hair and often offering champi (head massage) as part of the treatment.

Indian Head Massage
may help
  • Whole body relaxation and revitalisation

  • Increased movement in shoulders and arms

  • Easing of eye strain and sinus congestion

  • Relief from headaches and migraines

  • Relief of jaw problems

  • Improved concentration and eased mental strain

  • Brain stimulation and eased scalp tension

  • Increased hair growth and lustre

  • Relief of neck and shoulder stiffness

  • Movement of toxins from knotted muscles

  • Increased oxygen and nutrient intake by tissues

  • Improved circulation and lymphatic drainage​

Karen Middleton MRNZ