Although born and brought up in Tanzania, as an ethnic south Indian from Kerala – the birthplace of Ayurveda, Mary grew up in a household, practising the holistic Ayurveda lifestyle.
Apart from the many Ayurveda recipes, advices and rich wisdom passed on to her from her mother, Mary studied alternate holistic health sciences with primary focus on Ayurveda for one year, in India in 2008. She also holds a degree in Psychology and Sociology which gives her a better understanding of social and cultural norms that affect behaviourisms. In 2016, she started her first head-massage clinic in Frederiksberg called Champi. In 2017, she moved her clinic to Zenliv Sundhedscenter in Lyngby.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is the world’s oldest (more than 5000 years old) and most detailed and inclusive Indian system of health care.
Ayurveda believes that each of us is a unique reflection of nature. If we observe and reconnect ourselves to the laws and rhythm of nature, we are simply returning to our natural way of being. Ayurveda not only goes to the source of disease to create health as the optimal functioning of body and mind, but also as the presence of a joyful spirit within. Through this wisdom, we learn how to care, strengthen and heal our body, mind and spirit.
What is Champi?
Champi in Hindi means head massage.
Traditional Indian head massage is based on the Ayurveda science of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. The aim is to stimulate the metabolism, increase circulation, transform mental and emotional sluggishness, and to enable the flow of blocked energy in the chakras (energy points).
The brain is the centre of the central nervous system, and through a variety of different massage techniques, work to release blocked negative energy that can work to manifest or store itself in the chakras (energy centres) as disease or injury.
By applying pressure to certain points that correspond to each chakra, this unblocks the chakra and allows for a free flow of energy in the body. The whole body is treated, as the nerves, blood and lymph system travel from the base of the neck down the spine to the rest of the body. When the chakras are activated and balanced, it encourages the body’s inner healing energy. Regular head massage can give the body and mind a great feeling of well-being.
The client lies down with upper clothing, jewellery and make-up removed. The massage is performed in 4 stages with over 20 different massage strokes or techniques. The back, neck, scalp and shoulders are massaged. Pressure points on the face are also gently stimulated. Stones are used on the back and face. The scalp is massaged with oil, and infrared heat treatment is given depending on muscle tenseness, sore points, and condition of the hair.
Benefits of Indian head massage
The treatment has a number of physical and psychological effects on the body:
- Increases blood and lymphatic flow to the head, neck and shoulders relieving fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis.
- Relaxes muscular tension and decreases tissue inflammation.
- Improves circulation to the scalp, and strengthens hair growth.
- Increases blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain helping in better concentration.
- Stimulates endorphins, the brain’s happy chemicals, and reduces stress and tension.
- Helps in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste product.
Mary is in Zenliv on Fridays from 10.00 – 18.00
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