Our Clients Enjoy A Shampoo & Scalp Treatment Massage, and We Like To Use Some Steps Of A Technique Called: 'Indian Head Massage' That Has Been Around For many Years..'Good Indian Head Massage' So We Want To Share With You How We Do It! Maybe You Can Practice On A Friend or Family Member and We Are Sure They Would Love It!
Massages can be given to aid the process of injury healing, relieve psychological stress, manage pain and improve circulation. The effectiveness of Indian head massage, also known as Champissage (champi is an Indian word for head), is based on alternative medicine principles, specifically those surrounding energy flow, or chakras. It's an ancient technique that Ayurvedic healers have been using for thousands of years, and it's becoming more and more popular in the Western world. Why not add it to your repertoire of talents?
- Find a quiet place away from any distractions. Have your volunteer take a seat and get comfortable. Explain what you will be doing, and tell the recipient to notify you of any discomfort or pain. Stand behind, placing your hands lightly on the shoulders as you both take several deep breaths.
- Massage the shoulders.
- Squeeze the trapezius muscle gently. Start close to the neck and work your way outward to the shoulder.
- Repeat this three times, allowing the pressure to increase with each pass.
- Bring your hands back up next to the neck with the thumbs extended, and make small circles with the thumbs on either side of the backbone just below the collar line.
- Continue with the circles up the back of the neck until you reach the hair line. Lower the hands back down and repeat 2 more times.
- Place your forearms at the sides of the neck and roll them outwards toward the shoulder by rotating at the wrists. Lift your forearms and move them a couple of inches away from the neck and repeat. When you reach the shoulder, come back to center and repeat two more times.
- Step to one side of your volunteer, placing one hand at the base of your volunteer's neck, and your front hand lightly on your volunteer's forehead (to keep the head from falling forward). With the rear hand, spread the thumb from the fingers and begin to glide your hand up the back of the neck, without putting pressure directly on the vertebrae. Once you reach the hair line, remain there for a moment with light pressure on the back of the head. Lower your rear hand and repeat from the base of the neck. You can even add some circling to the upward stroke if there seems to be a lot of tension present. Repeat this about 5 times. When your rear hand reaches the hairline for the last time, let it remain there.
- Slowly allow the head to tilt forward without strain or effort. Then gently lift the head back to vertical and continue backwards, again without forcing, simply allowing the head to move within its own range of motion. Repeat this 3 times, forward and backward.
- Step back behind your volunteer and loosen his or her hair if it is restrained. Bring your hands, with fingers spread, to the sides of the head, fingers pointing up. Use a light pressure and slowly move the hands up with a shampooing like motion, trying to keep the heel of the hands in contact with the scalp as well as the fingers. Once you reach the top of the head, allow the fingers to rise off while maintaining a gentle traction from the heels of the hands. Now lower your hands down and move them around to a different area of the head. Repeat 4 or 5 times, covering the entire scalp.
- Bring one hand to the volunteer's forehead for stability as you place the heel of the other hand in contact with back of the head. Begin rubbing the scalp by moving your rear hand vigorously back and forth. Continue rubbing as much of the scalp as you can reach, and then switch hands and repeat on the other side.
- Briskly rub the scalp all over with just the fingertips of both hands. Continue this for about a minute.
- Stroke your fingers through the volunteer's hair from the top of the forehead back. Let the final strokes draw their head back slightly and then lay the fingers over the forehead and draw the fingers down and along the brow line to each temple, making small circles over the temples. Repeat this process 3 times.
- Finish with smooth strokes beginning at the forehead and slowly working your way to the back of the head. Do this for about a minute, allowing the pressure to become lighter towards the end, until finally your hands float off the head.
- You may wish to play some soft music and light some candles to help create a relaxing atmosphere.
- If using massage oil, warm it slightly.
- Always make sure the person getting massaged is relaxed, and aware of what is happening.
- If, while you are performing this massage, your volunteer feels any pain, immediately stop the massage.
- If using massage oil, make sure the person being massaged isnt allergic to it.
Things You'll Need
- Massage oil - optional
- CD player
- Soft music