Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage, or Shirobyanga, is a deeply blissful experience that focuses on releasing head, neck, shoulder & back tension, as well as deep-seated emotional stress.

Beneficial in relieving headaches, stress, insomnia, ‘computer shoulders’ and depression, shirobyanga works on an emotional as well as physical level.

Indian Head Massage is a sequence of movements that evolved from both a traditional practice known as Champi and the rich tradition of family grooming in the Indian sub-continent. Indian women originally performed stimulating hair and scalp massages for each other in conjunction with the use of oils to keep their long hair beautiful.

The traditional head and scalp massage experienced many changes by the time it was introduced to the West in the early 1980’s by pioneers such as Narendra Mehta. Its emphasis now is to encourage relaxation from everyday stress and tension. Thus Indian Head Massage developed into a flowing sequence of non-invasive, relaxing and rhythmic movements that primarily focus on the top half of the body.

How is an Indian Head Massage given?

Indian Head Massage is given while the receiver is seated in a comfortable straight-backed chair. Safe and simple, it does not require removing clothing or the use of oils.

The massage focuses on areas of the body most vulnerable to symptoms of everyday stress and tension, namely:

  • upper back
  • shoulders
  • arms
  • neck
  • scalp, face and ears

Why experience an Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage is very effective at encouraging a deep relaxation. The intent is to soothe, soften and relieve stress and tension in the body and mind. It can also create positive energy flows and awareness that prevent stresses from accumulating in the first place.

This massage is particularly beneficial for those who experience headaches, migraine, eyestrain, stiff neck, tense shoulders, clenched jaw, tiredness, insomnia, anxiety and low morale.

Good quality relaxation gives the body an opportunity to heal, re-balance and rejuvenate itself naturally.

As our connection with the body deepens we may begin to feel things that we hadn’t noticed before such as our posture, breathing and sense of being grounded. We may also become aware of different sensations, reactions and responses to stimuli. Thus we can gain insight into supporting and treating our self with kindness rather than adding to the stress and tension.

Of course the experience is different for everyone – the best way to find out how you’ll experience an Indian Head Massage is to try it for yourself.

Indian Head Massage (also known as champissage) is a form of relaxation massage that focuses on the face, head, neck, shoulders, upper back and upper arms which are important energy centers within the body. This form of massage is very relaxing and has a balancing effect on the recipient, as it helps them to release stress and tension creating a sense of peace and well-being. Because this form of massage is done over the clothing in a seated position it can be done anywhere and at any time, making easily available just about anywhere.

The art of Indian Head Massage originated from Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine. This Sanskrit word can be translated as the “science of life” or “knowledge of life”. The Ayurvedic approach to health is the balance of body, mind and spirit and the promotion of long life.

Indian Head Massage (Champissage) was started by women in India by massaging a variety of oils into their luxurious long hair to keep it on good condition. It was then taken up by barbers as part of their treatment for their clients. In more recent times Indian head Massage was passed down from generation to generation and most families learn from an early age and use this technique to massage each other.

Indian Head Massage is performed with the client sitting and remaining partially or fully clothed. Modesty is maintained at all times with towels and appropriate draping. It is best used with oils however a dry massage through the clothes also proves beneficial. The massage includes the shoulders, neck, arms, upper back, scalp, face and ears. It takes 30 minutes and is deeply relaxing. Many clients combine Indian Head Massage with a Reflexology session and find working on both extremes of the body a total treat. A slightly longer session can be arranged on request.


  • Relieves tension in the upper body
  • Greatly helps with relaxation
  • Improves mood
  • Relieves anxiety and stress
  • Leaves one with a sense of well being