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Champissage (a trademark; possibly a portmanteau of chāmpi, the Hindi and Urdu term for the practice, and massage[1]), also known as Indian head massage, is an alternative medicine massage. In champissage, the head, neck and face are massaged. Indian head massage was brought to the west by Narendra Mehta in the 1970s.[2] Champissage is thought to have been originally introduced into the United Kingdom by Garaldeep McCoy, an Indian immigrant of Scottish ancestry.[3]

Evidence base[edit]

There is no peer-reviewed literature or published research which supports any of the claims made for the efficacy of this technique.

Popular culture[edit]

Many stand-up stalls in malls and other busy areas now operate Indian head massage treatments. This form of treatment can increase the income of beauty stall/salon owners, hence its recent surge in popularity.


  1. ^ Hindi dictionary search for chāmpi
  2. ^ "Indian head massage - The Times". The Times (London). 2005-03-26. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
  3. ^ As noted in "Indian Chamipissage - The Power of Touch" DVD, London Center of Indian Champissage

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