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In all types of massage therapy, the intention is to relax the soft tissues, increase delivery of blood and oxygen to the massaged areas, warm them, and help the body to relax. In a typical massage therapy session, the practitioner will discuss symptoms, medical history and the desired results. The practitioner generally performs some evaluation through touch before beginning the massage. Massage may be found to bring relief from everyday aches, reduce stress, increase relaxation, address feelings of anxiety and tension and aid general wellness.

A brief history of Champissage or as it is now know Indian head Massage

We are told that the art of Champissage dates 2-4000 years in India. This ancient art was practised on the young to ensure good health.  As the young children grew up this was shared or taught with generations of families.  Although predominantly practised in families it is not unusual in India today to see this art practised in the street or in Barbers shops.  Although techniques will vary from area to area they are based on a unique set of movements.  The practice was to keep families bonded and for mind body and spirit to remain in a state of wellness.

So the art of Champissage was brought to the West and gained increasing popularity as a complementary therapy called Indian head massage and promoted as a form of relaxation.   Giving the words a typical and customary Welsh welcome, we can put a unique Welsh slant on it by calling it ‘Penassage’.  Pen coming from the ancient Celtic and Welsh language as it literally translated means massage, ‘top’ or ‘head’.  Due in part to the fast pace of Western life, complementary and holistic therapies have become such an important part of well being.  This ancient form of relaxation for mind, body and soul is now available to us too.

So what is Indian head Massage (IHM)?

In short IHM, Champissage, Pennassage is a treatment which involves massage techniques for the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck and head.  It is a hands on treatment in which you are fully clothed.  It involves me putting my hands on these areas to massage and use a variety of techniques to loosen the muscle, promote blood flow under the skins surface and relax the tissues.  It also involves me working on your head with your hair (short/long/no hair).  For those with long/short hair I will be working with your hair.  This may mess up your hair, so please bring a brush or comb with you to sort out your hair following the treatment.

With my style of Indian head massage, you will be asked to sit upright in a chair, in which I will make you as comfortable as possible.  The whole process including the consultation takes 45 minutes.  Following the treatment, you will need to drink plenty of water and you may find that you are pleasantly tired afterwards.  You won’t be zonked out from the treatment, and if you are so relaxed that you don’t feel ready to leave you can sit in our reception area until you’re ready to go.

The Benefits of Indian head massage

  • Relaxation of the whole person
  • Extra oxygen to the brain, which can promote clearer thinking
  • Release of stagnant energy
  • May help hair growth if practised regularly
  • Can aid concentration
  • May relax neck & shoulder stiffness
  • Almost always, brings about a sense of calmness

Recommendations to be mindful of before, during and after an Indian Head Massage:

  • You will be sat in a chair and made comfortable. You can keep your shoes on or take them off.
  • Don’t be afraid to tell me if you don’t feel comfortable in the chair and you want to move, or if the room is too warm or too cold.
  • Of course, you can talk to me, but the aim is for you to be able to relax and enjoy the treatment.
  • After the massage is over. I’ll offer you a glass or bottle of water afterwards and advise you to drink plenty (not huge amounts) of clear fluids. This will help you to flush the toxins from your body.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking for at least 8-24 hours, as this will help extend the benefits of the treatment.
  • Eat a light meal, this also helps to ground your energy and stop you feeling lightheaded.

Are there any things that will stop me having a treatment?

*Within massage treatments there will be a consultation and there may be some contraindications which may limit or prevent treatment and these can be discussed before booking the appointment.

Although most individuals are able to recieve a relaxing treatment.  There are some conditions that may prevent you from doing so and you will need your GP or consultants written approval before we can continue.  however, this is quite rare, and if you are at all worried drop me an e-mail or give me a call. I can tell you if this treatment is suitable or if some other treatment I offer will suit you better.

Your first appointment with me will consist of a full consultation, where I will ask questions about your well being and medical health and may take up to 15 mins extra.

Thank you for taking the time and effort to read this information.  If you wish to contact me to discuss, or book a session with me.  Please do so I look forward to working with you and I hope that you enjoy this relaxing mini-break from the stress and strains of life.