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Thorsons First Directions - Indian Head Massage [Hardcover]

Narendra Mehta
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15 Oct 2001 Thorsons First Directions

First Directions – an inspirational source of information, insights and practical techniques to change your life.

Discover the secret of Indian head massage and feel fabulous.

Indian Head Massage introduces the art of Champissage and takes the reader through a clear, illustrated, step by step guide to the essential head massage techniques for simple relaxation.

Indian Head Massage is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that involves massage of the upper back, shoulders, neck, head and face. The massage is safe, simple to learn and effective. It can provide relief from aches and pains and stress symptoms, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your skin and give you a sense of deep calmness and tranquility.

Learn how a simple circular temple rub can release your tension headache, how to ‘iron down’ into a state of relaxation, and how to send a tingle down your lover’s spine with a sensual ear massage.

Product details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Thorsons (15 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007123566
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007123568
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 17.9 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,783 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Head massage is a familiar part of life in India and Narendra Mehta, blind from infancy, grew up experiencing the benefits of this tradition. An osteopath and massage therapist, he developed a unique system of massage he calls "champissage" (from the Indian word "champi" meaning head massage) and has founded and runs the London Centre of Indian Champissage. In this attractive, hardback book Mehta introduces the reader to the method with easy-to-follow instructions accompanied by both photographs and diagrams. The anatomical drawings are also clear and user-friendly.

As well as covering the history and development of the art of Indian head massage, there are chapters on managing stress, massage techniques, partners and lovers, caring for the hair and self-massage, ensuring readers are equipped to make the most of their new skill.

The text is interspersed with quotations from articles about Mehta's work and philosophical quotes from famous people. These combine with the decorative details to give a book with a special luxurious feel, making it an ideal gift. Anyone presented with this beautiful book is bound to be delighted and inspired. Give it to your nearest and dearest and hope they practice on you! It is certain that there will be many grateful readers wishing to say a heartfelt thank you to Narendra Mehta for bringing this wonderful therapy to the West. --Dale Evans --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


‘…Indian head massage is the most sensual way to ease the tensions of a stressful day – and is guaranteed to bring you closer as a couple.’
The Daily Mail

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying as a support for VTCT studies 14 Oct 2002
By A Customer
This is a really nicely laid-out book, with lots of good photographs. If you're doing the VTCT (IIHHT) qualification and have some spare cash, definitely think about getting this, especially if your college is providing you with little but photocopies of photocopies of poorly drawn diagrams. You'll still need to study the anatomy and physiology modules, but this will give you some good support with the actual massage.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Beginner 25 Mar 2005
Is the easy understanding of The Indian Head Massage routine, the photos and easy step by step, make a support if you approach any IHD ITEC course. Learn to build up your confident with your Partner. Enjoy.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
This book will guide the student or interested learner through an Indian Head Massage course, giving the development and history of the tradition carried out in India. It defines stress, its symptoms and causes followed by recommendations to deal with and improve ons life. Clear diagrams and instructions aid the therapist to carry out a treatment. Discusses physical and mental benefits of the treatment with sensible guidelines on contra-indications (who should be treated and who should not be treated without Doctors approval).
It discusses the benefits of using various oils, e.g., sesame, almond, mustard (yet for me locate!) and gives great recipes for various hair conditions....
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for beginners and qualified therapists 25 Sep 2001
Narendra Mehta bought Indian Head Massage to Europe. This book explains in detail what to do and how to do it. Glorious coloured pictures help to guide you. Once you have learnt the principles and experienced Indian Head Massage for yourself, you will have found one of the best stress busting and relaxing therapies around.
Thank you Mehta
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent!!! 19 Dec 2001
as a massage therapist i found this to be a superb book and recommend it to anyone as a great introduction and great reference book for the library!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant - easy to understand 1 Sep 2007
By Tassy
My IHM tutor recommended this book. As a previous review states, it gives you the history and benefits, without being boring. Written in a very simplistic way, that gives clear instructions and photos/diagrams, it's excellent. It gives various different techniques, including a section on self massage. Highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Morag Ann Briggs 29 Aug 2007
This book is an excellent book for anyone interested in Indian head massage ,it is very clear ,good pictures and the instructions are easy to understand.Good information about oils and a bit of history about the origins of Indian head massage ,an easy to understand chapter on anatomy without blinding you with science very easy to understand for a beginner.As a Holistic therapist I highly recommend this book.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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A very good text for those wanting to learn the art of Indian Head Massage. I have recommended it to students, and my tutor trained under Narendra. This text will teach the basic techniques and can be carried out by all! Try it if you suffer from head stress, who doesn't!
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Published 1 month ago by Anne McCarthy
3.0 out of 5 stars Repetitive
Very repetitive. Personally I would have given it 2 stars, but I can see it's value for those who know nothing at all about Indian Head Massage.
Published 2 months ago by Ruth
5.0 out of 5 stars clear and concise
A very good book for anyone wanting to get started at home. Clear text and clear pictures. Little waffle, all relevant and concise. Easy to follow. Read more
Published 10 months ago by sally hayes
5.0 out of 5 stars full sequence inside.
I used to have this book but mislaid it so bought it again as it is so good. It explains the theory of indian head massage and has clear photographs showing the sequence of a full... Read more
Published 12 months ago by adele redfern
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a present
This book was bought for my wife who likes it very much,.
Informative and explained in a way that makes for easy reading/reference /guidance.
Published 20 months ago by Robert Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars indian head massage book
a great book it was bought on the strenght of reveiws it didnt disapoint i would advise anyone looking for a book of this nature to buy this book.
Published 21 months ago by marco castagnetti
5.0 out of 5 stars good book!!!
very helpful book. This will help me for my ITEC-INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE EXAM!!!! very simple way explained easy to remember
Published on 5 Jun 2011 by Mrs. Jyoti Solanki
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Learning
Very impressed with the way this book sets out the Massages explaining the steps AND the reasons for them,,
Published on 9 Jan 2011 by Vikki Marie Gaynor
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this is a fantastic book, simple and clear. wrote by the guru himself.
great knowledge with good pictures and easy to understand instructions. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2010 by GAYLE CHURCH
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