Indian Head Massage ITEC Award

Indian Head Massage ITEC Award

International Therapy Examination Council (ITEC) – RQF LEVEL 3

Indian Head Massage is one of the most useful skills a therapist can have. Not only does it give you another string to your bow, but it is a highly portable, visually appealing and modesty preserving therapy. You can use this therapy very effectively to develop your holistic therapy practice. You can also use it as a marketing tool for demonstration purposes, as a means of breaking into the lucrative corporate market or as an enticing taster treatment for would-be clients.


Many people are walking around `carrying the world on their shoulders` and as a result, this is where our stress, frustration and anger accumulates, manifesting as headaches, neck pain and some believe, even hair loss!


Indian Head Massage works in a firm, gentle rhythm to release emotional blockages, bringing calm, and relaxation to the client. The massage goes beyond the limits of healing by dealing with the balance and uniqueness of the individual.


The Origins


Indian Head Massage, also known Champissage, is an ancient art based on a traditional system of medicine known as Ayurveda. This has been practiced in India for over three thousand years and is becoming increasingly popular in the West. The treatment incorporates shiatsu and acupressure techniques on the head, scalp, face, neck, upper back, shoulders, arms, ears and hands, helping to relax tense areas and rebalance the body energy by releasing any areas of negativity or stress. These areas incorporate important meridians` beginning and end points, and other vital nerve endings within the body and so treating the head has beneficial effects all over. You work from behind performing a sequence of flowing stroking and kneading movements. Clients will feel very relaxed during an Indian Head Massage Treatment, and it is not uncommon for people to doze off during a session.


Indian Head Massage is as pleasurable to give as it is to receive. This ancient art is calming, revitalizing, uplifting and incredibly rewarding. Furthermore, with a few basic strokes, you can relax and soothe or invigorate and stimulate. Much of the joy lies in its simplicity, effectiveness and accessibility. You need no equipment and it takes less than half-hour to complete. The beauty of this treatment is that you can perform it anywhere, anytime so is ideal for the stressed-out corporate employee. This highly effective therapy offer the maximum benefit with the minimum, of preparation, as the use of oil is not essential and the client remains clothed.


On this course you will learn to become proficient in Indian Head Massage and are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to set up in practice following qualification.

Course Details


The course consists of 2 days in-house training & mock assessment together with tutorials, supervised Indian Head Massage practice, student testing and supervised home study, which includes 4 evidenced treatments to be submitted to ITEC. We support all lectures with overheads, anatomical charts and teaching aids such as skeletal models.


The syllabus includes the following subjects:


  • Introduction to the history of Indian Head Massage
  • Benefits of Indian Head Massage
  • Contra-indications
  • Consultation and client care
  • Preparation of a work station
  • Treatment reaction and after care advice
  • Professional ethics
  • Revision of specific anatomy and physiology of shoulders: neck: scalp : face
  • Massage techniques for shoulder: neck: scalp: face: back & arms
  • Hygiene/sterilisation
  • Basic first aid
  • Business skills


The course is divided between theoretical learning and practical application.


The required course text book recommended by ITEC is: ‘Indian Head Massage’ – Helen McGuiness.


Who Can Attend?

Anyone can attend this course.



During the course we will prepare you for your final exam and will conclude the course with a mock examination from which we will be able to offer you guidance. Following satisfactory completion of this mock examination, you will be eligible to sit the ITEC Certificate in Indian Head Massage Level 3 examination which comprises of a 20 minute examination paper of 15 multiple choice questions, 4 evidenced treatments and a practical examination with an external ITEC examiner.


ITEC Exam Fees:  Indian Head Massage Award- £105.00(+VAT)

Payable prior to course commencement.


  • Exam registration
  • Practical assessment by external examiner
  • Marking of case studies
  • Issue of certificate
  • Postage of certificate by Registered Post


Exams can be booked here – Indian Head Massage – ITEC Theory and Practical Examination

Qualification in Indian Head Massage

Once qualified, with an ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage you can practice professionally. This Certificate course will also provide you with the title of “Indian Head Massage Therapist”, and the knowledge and techniques needed to give a treatment. Practitioner professional liability insurance is also available upon successful completion of the course.


Recognition by Professional Associations

The ITEC Level 3 Award in Indian Head Massage is one of the best recognised complementary therapy qualifications in the UK and also across a range of countries.


It is widely accepted by most Professional Bodies including the following:

  • ICGT (International Guild of Therapists)
  • CThA (Complementary Therapists Association)
  • FHT (Federation of Holistic Therapists)
  • AOR (Association of Reflexologists)
  • BCMA (British Complementary Medicine Association)
  • CNHC Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council)


For stand alone insurance Westminster

More Information


The course is largely practical in content and appropriate clinic workwear is a requirement for the duration of the course. During the practical sessions you will practise on each other under the supervision of the tutor who will offer guidance and feedback.


Duration: 2 days in class plus mock exam session on final date


Course fees include the following:

      • All class tuition
      • A comprehensive course manual
      • Consultation forms
      • Case study ‘how to’ guidelines
      • Marking of case studies
      • Initial mock examination fees
      • Tea and coffee throughout the course
      • Use of Massage Couch on the course


Tutor: Anita Snowball or Lucy Bush– see our MSCM Tutor Page 

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If the course you wish to attend is full please send us an email at [email protected]. and we will be pleased to add you to the waiting list in case we have any dropouts.


If you are unable to attend the date below and are keen to do the course please let us know on [email protected]. If we have enough interest for another date we will be happy to schedule one in.

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Course Dates

September 2024 - October 2024 - Starting 14th September - 10am - 5pm

Cost: £250.00 (+VAT)

Interest-free Easy Payment Plan available upon request.£75.00 (+VAT) deposit, payable on booking.
Class Dates
October26 (mock)
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