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Indian Head Massage

Course Overview

Embark on our comprehensive two-day Indian Head Massage course designed to equip you with the expertise to administer a full Indian Head Massage treatment. This includes mastering massage techniques for the shoulders, upper arms, head, and face, complemented by an understanding of Ayurvedic principles and Chakras. Additionally, you'll gain insight into the preparation and application of oils specific to Indian Head Massage.

Indian Head Massage, known as "Champi" or "Champissage" in Hindi and Urdu, offers invigorating and deeply relaxing effects. As an adjunct to massage therapy, it's gained significant recognition among clients and is increasingly in demand. Completion of our course offers a highly regarded qualification in this specialised field.

This course is suitable for newcomers to complementary therapies as well. If you're eager to learn a healing therapeutic skill for use with family and friends, you may opt-out of the professional assessment and still receive a Cotswold Academy certificate of attendance (not suitable for professional practice).

Benefits of Indian Head Massage:

Indian Head Massage therapy techniques are rooted in Ayurvedic principles, aiming to harmonise the body, mind, and spirit by harnessing energy flow or chakras. It has been shown to:

  • Alleviates muscle tension in the neck and shoulders
  • Clears blockages in the higher chakras
  • Assists in preventing migraines, headaches, and back pain
  • Stimulates hair growth
  • Supports detoxification via lymphatic drainage stimulation
  • Relieves sleeplessness, restlessness, and insomnia
  • Eases symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Revitalizes energy levels
  • Enhances memory capabilities
  • Accommodates clients uncomfortable with lying down

What is Indian Head Massage?

Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage, is a therapeutic massage technique that focuses on the head, neck, and shoulders. Originating in India thousands of years ago, this massage form was initially part of the Ayurvedic healing system.

During an Indian Head Massage session, the practitioner uses various massage movements and techniques to relax and manipulate muscles in the upper back, shoulders, neck, head, and face. The massage typically includes a combination of deep kneading, gentle strokes, and acupressure techniques applied to these areas.

The treatment aims to release tension, improve circulation, and promote relaxation. It can help alleviate stress, reduce headaches, ease neck and shoulder tension, and improve overall well-being. Indian Head Massage also incorporates the belief in energy flow and chakras, aiming to balance the body's energy centers for holistic healing.

Many people find Indian Head Massage to be not only physically beneficial but also mentally soothing, providing a sense of relaxation and calmness. It's often performed while the recipient is seated and fully clothed, making it easily accessible and suitable for various settings, including spas, wellness centers, and even workplace environments as a stress-relieving technique.


Course Syllabus

You will learn the following on your course:

  • History & Concept of Indian Head Massage
  • Chakras
  • Contra Indications
  • Consultation and Indian Head Massage procedure
  • Therapist/client care ethics
  • Preparation, protection and meditation
  • Post treatment advice
  • Structure and function of the body systems affected by massage
  • Benefits
  • Using Oils

Assessment Criteria

After your course, you will be required to complete case studies and return to sit a final assessment.

  • 9 Case Studies (3 people x 3 times)
  • Plus assessment which can be completed in person (date to be booked with tutor directly) or sent via recorded video.

Certification and CPD Points: 

FHT Accredited Certificate of Attendance- 5 CPD points per day


Entry Requirements

In order to take part in this course, you must already have acquired a Level 3 Diploma in Massage, Reflexology or equivalent which included Anatomy and Physiology. We will ask you to provide a copy of your qualification. Please enquire if you are uncertain about your qualification.

If you don't have the above qualification: 

You can still join the course - a Certificate of attendance will be awarded (you will not be able to practice professionally, only on friends and family)

Why Train with Us

At the Academy, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality training in Complementary Therapies and Sports Massage, ensuring that each student attains the highest level of professional qualification. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to your success.

Here's why you should choose us:

1. FHT Accredited Course. Ensuring highest quality training.

2. Guaranteed Small Group Tuition: We believe in personalised support, so our class sizes are kept small, with a maximum of 10 students per tutor. This ensures that you receive individual attention and guidance throughout your training.

3. Passionate, Experienced Tutors: Our experienced tutors are not just educators; they are industry experts committed to upholding the highest standards. You'll learn from the best in the field.

4. Free Thursday Evening Support: Your learning journey doesn't end when you're qualified. We offer free Thursday in person evening support, available both during your training and after you've earned your certification. We're here to assist you every step of the way.

5. A Positive, Inclusive Learning Environment: Our academy provides a fun and friendly atmosphere where you can immerse yourself in your studies and connect with like-minded individuals who share your passion for complementary therapies.

6. Exclusive student TOTUM Card Eligibility: All our courses qualify you to apply for a TOTUM card, granting you access to discounts and savings at various retailers, making your educational journey even more cost-effective.

7. Ongoing Industry Support: We are committed to your success as a qualified therapist. Beyond your training, we offer free talks on setting up your own practice, provide access to exclusive Facebook groups with job opportunities, and maintain regular contact with your dedicated tutor. We're here to support your journey into the industry.

When you choose the Academy, you're not just choosing a training college; you're choosing a pathway to a successful and fulfilling career in Complementary Therapies. Join us today and embark on a journey of knowledge, growth, and achievement.

About Your Tutor(s)

Annette Stoker

Holistic Tutor

I have been involved with the Complementary Therapies Industry since 2004 and have been teaching since 2008. I have a teaching degree in post compulsory education (Cert Ed) and am ITEC qualified in all the subjects I teach. Having worked in prestigious spas and run my own practice, I am confident that as a passionate and committed member of the team I can inspire, enthuse and provide you with the skills and knowledge to become a highly sought after therapist in your chosen field.

Yvonne Lockhart

Holistic Tutor

After completing diplomas in Massage Therapy, Aromatherapy, Reflexology and Indian Head Massage in 1999, I spent 5 years in a managerial role working on board Carnival Cruise Lines and then as a spa trainer at a 5 star hotel in the Cotswolds. I now run my own successful practise dedicated to using only organic products and treatments and since taking up teaching in 2007, it has become my passion to give therapists the proper tools to excel in the field of holistic therapy.


I would like to say I thoroughly enjoyed the Indian Head course and the atmosphere and set up you have is fantastic. I came away feeling I had really learned a lot. Everyone I came into contact with was extremely friendly and made you feel at ease so thank you x

— Charlotte - FHT Accredited Indian Head Massage | April 2019

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