Indian Head Massage has its roots in the Ayurvedic tradition, which is 4,000 to 5,000 years old (depending on sources). Literally the “science (veda) of life (ayur)”, this is the oldest recorded medical system in existence. Massage is one aspect of this approach, and as such is an integral part of daily life in India. Women massage their babies daily from birth and then on a regular basis as they grow up. Children are taught massage from the age of 6 so they can participate in this family activity. Mothers massage their children who in turn massage the younger children in the family. Massage cleanses and maintains health, and head massage in particular promotes hair growth and shine and heals scalp conditions. The women use herbs, spices, and different oils depending on the season, for their healing properties; e.g. coconut, almond, carrot, olive, sesame or hazelnut. Men also have a role in massage as barbers offer this service; champi is the Sanskrit word for massage, hence the term “champissage” which also refers to Indian Head Massage in the West today. Today, champua in Hindi means to knead and massage the scalp and hair, whilst jaharar (the word for massage) literally means “remover of age”. Barbers’ head massages for men are designed to invigorate, stimulate and refresh.
The pioneer of Indian Head Massage in the UK is Narendra Mehta. Born in India, he travelled to the UK in the 1970’s to train as a physical therapist. He was dismayed not to be able to get a head massage either at the barber’s or from complementary therapists. He returned to India where he travelled extensively to learn all the different techniques practised across the country – being blind by birth, he was particularly sensitive to all the effects of massage on the body and the mind. He adapted the original Indian head massage for use in the West by making it a gentler technique, and incorporating work on the neck, shoulders, arms and back as well as the head. In these areas Westerners tend to store a lot of stress and tension, so covering them during the massage extends its benefits. He also included Ayurvedic energy balancing techniques. He launched this new therapy in 1981.
- Belinda JefferyAromatherapy | Indian head massage | Massage | Reflexology
- Trish UtaboonAromatherapy | Doula | Facials | Massage | Hopi
Dip. BSA, Dip. BSR, MIGPP
Belinda is an experienced Aromatherapist and Reflexologist who trained at the Bristol School of Holistic Therapies. She is a full member of the International Guild of Professional Practitioners. Belinda is constantly updating her knowledge of holistic healing through interest and also as a requirement of these professional bodies.
Blends are available for home use, that are mixed for your individual needs.
Essential Oils available.
Trish Utaboon qualified in Massage and Aromatherapy in 1995 (DIP. BSA) and since then, with a love and enthusiasm for natural health and healing, continues to develop and add to her skills. She is fully insured and a member of the Federation of Holistic Therapists.
Her approach is to meet each client, acknowledging the personal need for space; giving the opportunity for release of physical and emotional blockages; and encouraging the body to open to its own natural healing abilities.
With experience at Neal’s Yard Remedies over the last 13 years, among her range of treatments, she offers Neal’s Yard Organic Facial treatments, with an opportunity to purchase any of the products if you wish.
As a mother, Trish likes to focus on working with women’s health, from menstrual health, through the childbearing years and into menopause.
For further information and to book an appointment, please contact Trish. Gift vouchers are available on request.