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Champissage - Indian Head Massage

Indian Champissage includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. This method is the brainchild of Narendra Mehta. It is based on the traditional form of Champi (head massage) practised in India for over 1,000 years.

Narendra Mehta, having been totally blind since the age of one, has developed a highly sensitive power of touch. He has over 25 years experience in bodywork and has studied various hands-on therapies. In 1978, he went to India to research "head massage" and subsequently developed his own unique therapy of Champissage (Indian Head Massage), based on the traditional form of Champi and his own experience as a practicing therapist.

Terri-Kim Jackson

Champissage Practitioner - Terri-Kim Jackson

Terri is a Mum to two boys, and is qualified in Rejuvanessence, Reflexology, Aromatherapy, Champissage (Indian Head Massage) and manicures and pedicures. Terri runs her own practise from home in Bristol and can be contacted on 01179 314919 or 07884 307714 or via email -



The Interview

Name - Terri-Kim Jackson

Location - Stoke Gifford, Bristol

Family - Married with 2 sons - 4 and 6yrs


How did you become a Champissage practitioner? What is your background?

I worked in the Insurance industry for 17 years and was then made redundant.I was then able to become Self-employed useing the qualifications I had already acquired along the way i.e reflexology, aromatherapy, Rejuvanessence and Champissage.

What exactly does Indian Head Massage involve?

Champissage works on the physical, mental and subtle level. It works on the upper back, neck and shoulders and head including accupuncture points on the face.These are the most vunerable areas to stress and tension. It is a de-stressing programme for the whole body.

What sort of problems/issues do clients normally have when they come to you for help/therapy?

Muscle tension which includes fibrous adhesions. These knots and nodules can be broken down. Chronic neck and shoulder stiffness, headaches, eye strain/ache, tinnitus,jaw ache, sinusitis,insomnia.

What/Where was your training? How long did it take overall?

It was a 3 day intensive coursewhich took place in Bristol. The training originates from Narendra Mehta part of the London centre of Indian Champissage. Practical was the main focus on the training days. Theory notes which included anatomy and physiology, chakras, use of oil, benefits, contraindications was handed out to be revised at home for the final exam.

How did training fit round your children?

I prefered to do the intensive course as this was easier to work around my children. I still had to do 10 case studies of 25hrs in total. Essays & anatomy study - 15-20hrs. My Husband was able to look after the children whilst I did the course. Most of the other work was done in the evening when they were in bed.

Roughly, how much did your training cost?


Where do you carry out your work?

From a treatment room in my house.


Do you need lots of specialist equipment?

No only a chair.

How many hours do you work a week?

About 10 which will increase now that my youngest has now just started school.

How does the job fit round your family life?

Very well, I basically work when I want to fit in with school hours.

How do you find clients - do you advertise?

I advertise in local booklets, Yellow pages and the internet. A lot of my clients come from word of mouth.

What is the earning potential?

Difficult question as I do a lot of therapies but as a whole £15 - 20,000pa potentially when buillt up over a few years.

Do you think it is a job that fits in well with being a Mum?


Do you think you have to have any special qualities (in terms of personality) to become a Champissage practitioner?

Fit and healthy, a good listener and communicator.

Any advice for a Mum or Dad wanting to start training?

Find a reputable trainer - you need to feel confident at the end of the course. There is a lot of competition out there now therefore you need to really perservere and be patient whilst your business is building up.

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