Abhyanga or Ayurvedic massage is an essential part of a healthy daily routine. Regular massage helps detoxification of the body and provides nourishment to the deeper tissues. A regular oil massage should also incorporate massage of the head and scalp.
Massaging the scalp and hair stimulates the scalp, nourishes the hair roots and hair, relieves mental fatigue, helps enhance mental clarity and focus, and balances and nourishes the emotions. Slow, deliberate movements are relaxing while steady but vigorous movement helps enhance energy and circulation. Herbal extracts are combined with the base oil for their beneficial impact on hair health and growth. In addition, the herbs also help to calm the mind, promote a better quality of sleep, enhance memory, and help withstand the effects of day-to-day stress.
The head is one of the most important parts of the body. Massaging the head keeps the nervous system healthy. Champi is a very popular type of head massage that has been practiced in India for centuries.
An Ayurvedic head massage can be done with or without oil by rubbing the scalp and forehead with palms or tapping it with fingers.