Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage with Louise Clare

Indian head massage is probably the most popular treatment I offer. It is enjoyed by both men and women, and I am able to offer this treatment to youngsters too providing a parent comes with them. It is a wonderful way to relax and de-stress, and let go of  the busy, hectic world for just a short while. I had said previously that I love the flexibility of it. Great to take out to holistic fairs, workplaces, networking events etc where the massage can be given fully clothed – either 20 minutes or a short 10 minute taster. But by far the best way is a full 40 minute Indian head massage, given with oils in my beautiful tranquil treatment rooms, which start the relaxation process the minute you walk in.

I use a wonderful range of blended oils from Purple Flame aromatherapy – Inner Calm, Head Soother and Unwind. Before you arrive, I sit quietly for a few minutes and meditate on the treatment. I then choose the oil I feel is best suited for your needs. However, before the massage commences I will ask you to smell the oil to make sure that it is the right one. If you don’t like it then we try one of the others. I have a number of Mums who have bought their daughters for Indian head massages, and for them I will use a light blend of Mandarin and Sweet Almond oil as Mandarin is one of the gentlest essential oils. If you’ve not been to me before I will need to take some basic details and short medical history. I will then ask what you want from the treatment and explain the massage to you before we go through to the inner treatment room.

Here you will sit in a comfortable chair, the white wicker chairs in the photo, while I sit behind you. There will be gentle music playing during the massage. If at anytime you don’t like something – perhaps you are cold, the music is too loud or something in the massage is uncomfortable then just tell me and we can adjust it for you. The most important thing is this is your time and you need to enjoy it totally.

When I have finished I will gently touch your shoulder and you can take as much time as you like before joining me in the outer room.

None of my clients are rushed so there will be time after to ask any questions and to book another appointment if you wish to.

You can learn more about Indian head massage in one of my earlier blog articles.

If you would like to book an appointment or discuss setting up a de-stress afternoon at your workplace  then contact me.

I am based near the Sovereign centre in a quiet street close to buses and with easy parking. There is also off street parking.

Indian Head goes Mobile

What I love about Indian Head Massage is that it’s so versatile.

For clients that book a full 40 minute Indian Head Massage with me, they are able to receive the maximum benefits of the treatment which is carried out in my treatment room in Langney Point, Eastbourne. Here I will work with oils and the client has a choice of whether oils are used in the hair or not – as nobody wants to go onto a business meeting with lank oily hair! I find that clients will totally relax, often going to sleep for part of the treatment.  And as a healer, there is naturally an element of that healing going into the treatment. As a result some clients feel emotional issues being acknowledged or lifted. One such client said it was like a ‘massage of the soul’.

On the other hand, it is a highly portable treatment too, as you can see in this picture. All I need to go out to such events as wellbeing fairs and pamper evenings, are two stools and a bottle of essential oil just to make everything smell good.

Very little room is needed to carry out the treatments which are ideal as short de-stressers for those busy business people and the photos in this article were taken at EBO Networking breakfast (Eastbourne Business Owners) where breakfast attendees were invited to a short 10 minute stress buster Indian Head Massage before heading off to work. It is also ideal to take Indian Head Massage into offices in this format and it is something that I will be offering very shortly.

Indian Head Massage

Indian Head Massage is a massage technique that is based on old Ayurvedic practices. Traditionally it was used in Indian homes by wives and mothers. It has played an important part in their daily lives for over a thousand years, being used on a daily basis for relaxation, healing and to relieve tension. Oils would be used which helped with conditioning hair and the choice of oils would be made according to the season. The techniques were passed from generation to generation.  It was given the name ‘Champissage’ or ‘Champi’, which is where we get our modern term ‘Shampoo’ from

When coming for a treatment with me, the first thing is that you are getting out of a busy and often very stressful environment so my treatment rooms offer you the opportunity to escape just for a while into a space that is just for you.

After that the Indian Head Massage treatment takes over. It relaxes the mind and works on the upper chakras – the crown, the brow, the throat chakra and the heart chakra which helps clear the blockages which helps to increase energy flows and allows the body to heal. As our chakras work from top to bottom as we clear the upper chakras healing will flow to the lower chakras and unblock them.

Narendra Mehta was born in Gujarat in 1947 and brought up in Mumbai, India. He travelled to England in the 1970s to study. He was surprised when the Champissage was left out of his visit to the barbers so as he was missing his previously regular massages so went to a massage therapist. But whilst he received a full body massage, his head was left untouched. So in 1978 he returned to India to study Champissage and travelled around India learning different techniques. From this knowledge he put together his own routine for an Indian Head Massage and returned to England where4 began to introduce what we know as Indian Head Massage. In an interview he once said:

“My object is my hands, because, being blind, I see with my hands and I work with my hands. Instead of two eyes, I’ve got ten eyes – my ten fingers are my eyes. My profession is based on the skill of my hands, and the health of my hands.”

He opened his clinic, the London Centre of Indian Champissage (head massage) in 1990.

Routines taught are based on Narendra Mehta’s massage although there is some variation. For me, each Indian Head Massage is slightly different as I work intuitively and will provide what I feel my client needs.

If you are interested in trying out this wonderful therapy then please contact me – Louise Clare.


Louise Clare works from her home in Eastbourne, East Sussex as the healing space there is truly magical and relaxing.