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The Gaia Centre for Holistic Therapy,

17 Frederick Street, Loughborough,

Leicestershire, LE11 3BH


Tel: 01509 556101

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indian head massage

What Is Indian Head Massage?

As the name implies, Indian Head massage (IHM) originated in India, where it has been an old family practice for over 4,000 years. Although based on a traditional Ayurvedic technique or Indian form of Champi (head massage), it now includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, and ears. Incidentally, the origin of our word ‘shampoo’ is the Hindi word 'champi'. Being 'champi-ed' meant having your head massaged. This form of therapy started out as a way of keeping your hair in tip-top condition!

Originally, this form of massage of the head and hair was popular amongst Indian women, for improving the condition of the scalp and hair. Modern forms of the treatment, involving work on the  upper back, shoulders, neck, scalp and face, now include the use of shiatsu and acupressure techniques. A variety of massage movements are used to relieve accumulated tension, stimulate circulation, and restore joint movement.

IHM is an extremely effective, non-invasive style of massage, without the need for you to undress. You do not need to remove your clothing, although we ask you to note that a cotton top or T-shirt is probably the most comfortable thing for you to be wearing. Additionally, you may prefer to remove your top to prevent any oil staining.

45-minute treatments



IHM is a relaxing, stress-busting therapy that works on the muscular tissues to relax or stimulate your body and help it maintain harmony. It relieves muscular tension, stretches and mobilises the tissues of the head, face, neck and shoulders, and can provide relief for mental as well as physical stress.

Among the many benefits are:

Our treatments include the use of special oils, which are also beneficial to hair growth. IHM has long been used to aid the condition and health of the hair, particularly when combined with the use of these natural organic oils. Through localised blood and lymphatic circulation (also boosting the immune system) it helps deal with scalp and hair problems.

Head Massage