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A scalp massage, also known as champi, is practically a part of the Indian culture and the techniques involved in it have been passed down from generation to generation. In the recent decades, science too has realized the positive impacts that a head massage can have on the body, leading to its increasing popularity and the emergence of upscale massage parlours.
You can give yourself a massage or ask a friend to do it, or visit a trained masseuse. You can opt for a dry massage or one with oil, and the massage can extend to include your neck, face shoulders, back, etc.
To explore the various oils that can be used for a massage, click here.
Benefits of a head massage include:
A head massage increases blood supply to the scalp, reactivating your follicles and making your roots stronger, thus promoting hair growth.
Why opt for a sleeping pill with side effects when you can get a massage and reap the same benefits! Research shows that getting a head massage soothes your nerves and improves the quality of your sleep and also helps you stay asleep longer.
A head massage increases the supply of oxygen to your brain, thereby boosting brain activity while also relaxing the nervous system, thereby replenishing your energy levels, and preventing disorders like anxiety and depression.
During a head massage, pressure points in the scalp and neck region are activated causing better circulation of cerebral fluid and unblocking of blockages that could potentially cause headaches.
A head massage helps detoxify your body by increasing blood circulation and eliminate toxic substances.
An Indian head massage also has other benefits: it increases the flow of blood to your brain increasing its activity and boosting memory functions, and also helps get rid of dandruff and prevents it from returning by making sure your scalp is well nourished.
Choose from among the following oils for your perfect massage experience:
One of the most popular massage oils, almond is best used on dry, frizzy hair since it is extremely nourishing. It is has a soothing fragrance and healing properties, and is thus useful to relieve aches and pains.
To know more about almond oil, click here.
While olive oil has not traditionally been used for head massages in India, it is gaining popularity now because it is particularly beneficial for typical Indian thick black hair. Olive oil also helps open up pores due to its purifying properties.
Discover more benefits of olive oil here.
Coconut oil is the most popular massage oil, and is used both, by itself and mixed with herbs and other oils. It adds shine and volume to your hair, and prevents it from breaking.
Click here to read more about coconut oil.
Jasmine oil is not just good for your hair, but also uplifts your mood and works on your nervous system, the reason why it is widely used in aromatherapy. However, jasmine oil needs to be mixed with a carrier oil before using.
Explore more uses of this fragrant oil here.
While the first thought that comes to mind at the mention of mustard oil is fish fried Bengali style, mustard oil has thermogenic properties and is especially used in the winters to increase blood circulation.
Read more about the healing properties of mustard oil here.
So, the next time you feel like a massage, go ahead and indulge yourself because after all, it’s so good for your health! Ask your masseuse to extend the massage to other areas like your neck, shoulders, and back to get maximum benefits. Lie back, breathe in the wonderful fragrance, and let the healing process of a head massage change your world!
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