Many of the people I meet day-to-day are stressed. They are too busy, there’s too much to do and they are feeling exhausted with the demands of life.
I often ask, “How do you relax?” or “How do you have fun?” You wouldn’t think this would be a hard question to answer would you? Well sadly, for most people, it is.
I am delighted to see different types of massage treatments increasing in the salon, this is key to helping people with relaxation.
I have been in the Health and Beauty Industry for 30 years and teaching for 15 years. One of my favourite subjects is teaching Indian Head Massage. The training room has a peaceful atmosphere to demonstrate to students how to set the scene for when they have clients. Soft lighting is important, and I also burn essential oils and put relaxing music on. I thoroughly enjoy showing students the benefits of Indian Head Massage and how the treatment room should be.
The history of Indian Head Massage
The history of Indian Head is incredible. Massage has always played an important part in Indian life, featuring in the earliest Ayurvedic texts that date back nearly 4000 years. Today, infants often receive daily massage from birth until they are 3 years old, to keep them in good health. From then on, they are massaged once or twice a week.
After 6, they learn Indian Head Massage and are taught to share massage with family members as an integral part of family life. Indian head massage or as it is known in India, ‘Champissage’, has been practised in India for over a thousand years and springs from a rich tradition of family grooming.
The techniques were originally developed by women who used different oils according to the season (coconut, sesame, almond, olive oil, herbal oil, buttermilk, mustard oil and henna), to keep their hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition.
In India, head massage has been performed as an integral part of treatment given by barbers and masseurs. It became a normal custom for people, from the king down, to have someone tend to them. Treatments would differ from the massages performed by women, as the massages are mainly invigorating massages designed to stimulate and refresh the individual. These skills have evolved through the ages and have been handed down from barber father to barber son. The females in the family have also kept the tradition of hair massage and grooming, passing it down from mother to daughter.
Today in Indian, it is very common to visit a barber shop, have a wet shave and receive a head massage as part of the treatment. Indian Head Massage can be seen in many parts of India from Calcutta to Bombay, performed on street corners and the beach.
I know the benefits of any Massage treatments are so amazing, when you have one of these treatments you find yourself in a better place and having time away from your phone or just time to do nothing , this is so powerful.
“We all live in a very busy world with lots of stresses in everyday life. It is essential we find time to relax, time to be quiet, having hands on relaxation through massage is very healing.”
Jane Vickers, tutor
Indian Head Massage training has been increasing popular in the past two years at Bristol Beauty School. I have been running courses frequently and I think the increase is because the treatment is so versatile – it can be performed anywhere and you can stay fully clothed.
Indian Head Massage therapists can offer a relaxing 10 minutes treatment or an 45 minutes session which makes this a very affordable treatment to offer. This is also an ideal course for people who want to just carry out these treatments on friends and family. I have even seen people do an Indian Head Massage on people at festivals.
“I have been really impressed by the professionalism of the school…i.e. the set up, tutors, facilities; manuals….and the very official accredited certificates!!”
Natasha, Portishead Bristol
If you feel the courses would benefit you, and you would like to discuss anything please call Jane 07973516115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.