About the Course

What is Indian Head Massage?

The Indian Head Massage, also known as Champissage, is a therapeutic massage technique that focuses on a patient’s head, face, neck, upper-arms, and shoulders. During an Indian Head Massage, the practitioner will use a series of gental massage strokes to ease both mental and physical stress and tension in their patients by stimulating nerves, loosening muscles, and relaxing tissues.

An Indian Head Massage will relieve tension, pains, and headaches, and help calm the mind. It can also increase circulation to the brain, aid relaxation, and improve hair and scalp conditions. It is therefore highly beneficial to patients with stress and tension-related disorders.

The modern Indian Head Massage technique was developed by Indian-born Narendra Mehta and introduced to the United Kingdom in the 1970s. Blind from the age of one, Narendra grew up in India where head massages were a regular part of his life. When he came to England in the 1970s to train as a physical therapist, he found that no head massages were on offer. In 1978 he returned to India to study the benefits and practice of Champissage, and he expanded the traditional technique to now include the neck, shoulders, scalp, and face. Mr. Mehta was recently honoured with a MBE for his charity work with the visually impaired.

Why study CNM’s Indian Head Massage course?

CNM’s Indian Head Massage short course is an in-depth, interactive course that will teach practitioners how to confidently and professionally perform a full 30-minute Indian Head Massage.

Each intensive Indian Head Massage short course is held over four days (three full days, and one evening session) and teaches a mixture of theory and group-based practical skills.

Whether you want to practice Indian Head Massage professionally, or if you just want to use this amazing healing tool for yourself, your family, and your friends, this course will provide you with all the skills necessary to confidently and professionally perform an Indian Head Massage.

CNM’s Indian Head Massage course is a wonderful therapy in its own right, but is also a highly beneficial skill for existing healthcare practitioners to learn.

Key Features of CNM’s Indian Head Massage course:

  • Learn the concept and history of Indian Head Massage, Champissage, and Ayurveda
  • Study the Anatomy and Physiology of the upper neck, back, and head
  • Experience interactive lectures and hands-on practical training
  • Learn the skills to perform a 30 minute professional Indian Head Massage
  • Receive an IPTI (Independent Professional Therapist International) accredited CNM Certificate in Indian Head Massage

What our students say:

Excellent Course – really enjoyed it and Jan is great – very charismatic and fun! Thank you for a wonderful weekend. -A.F.

Very knowledgeable tutors who were happy to take all sorts of questions -E.T.

Inspirational teaching and examples given helped to bring the information to life -A.J.

As my first course at CNM, I found the course really excellent, very comprehensive, and really excellently lead -N.O.

Very enjoyable course, looked forward to each day. -P.A.

I feel confident that I can go away and begin to practice my new skill on friends & family. Can’t believe how my skill has improved so quickly in just 3 days! I would thoroughly recommend this course. Not only have I learnt a new skill, but I have had lots of lovely massages myself! -H.D.

A brilliant, informative, & relaxing course. I have come away with a huge amount of knowledge & I feel very confident about carrying on IHM ‘for real’! – H. A.


No prior study or knowledge of Indian Head Massage is required. Our expert lecturers will guide you from start-to-finish, and answer any questions you may have along the way!

Certificate & Recognition

logo_iptiAll our graduates will receive a CNM Certificate in Indian Head Massage that is recognised by the IPTI (Independent Professional Therapists International).

The CNM Certificate in Indian Head Massage allows all graduates to purchase insurance and practice professionally.

Study Programme and Locations

Study Programme

Class Session Times: Consists of 3 days plus one evening

2015 weekday course dates:
Wed 4th – Friday 6th February 2015 & Wed 15th April 2015 NOW FULL

Course Times Dates
Indian Head Massage Wednesday 10am – 5pm 4th February 2015
Thursday 10am – 5pm 5th February 2015
Friday 10am – 5pm 6th February 2015
Exam Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 15th April 2015

2015 weekend course dates:
Sat 16th – Mon 18th May 2015 & Wed 8th July 2015

Course Times Dates
Indian Head Massage Saturday 10am – 5pm 16th May 2015
Sunday 10am – 5pm 17th May 2015
Monday 10am – 5pm 18th May 2015
Exam Wednesday 6:30pm – 8:30pm 8th July 2015

Course Fees

  • £295 (for 3 days and one evening)

To enrol, call 01342 306 264, email shortcourses@naturopathy-uk.com, or enrol online via our webshop.


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