What is a Champi?

Champi is an Ayurvedic head massage with a copious amount of natural oil that focuses on the chakras located in the head, face, and shoulders.  It relieves tension in these energy points, alleviating fatigue providing the opportunity for your mind and body rejuvenate. 

How does scalp massage benefit the hair and hair health, as well as overall health?

For your hair, it helps prevents hair loss by improving hair quality and stimulating hair growth. It is also a great natural remedy for dandruff, greatly improving your scalp health. For your overall health, it reduces headaches, lowers blood pressure, and eases anxiety, depression, and anger. It also energises your whole body by strengthening memory, increasing mental clarity, peace, and alertness. 


What are the keys to doing a Champi? Can you share your tips on how this is done?

The key to performing a Champi is really focusing on the points of most tension, and applying sufficient pressure to help relieve it. When performing a champi, your hands should start by going from the sides and back of the head up to the crown. Your fingers and palms should be applying pressure on the scalp in a downward and forward motion, ensuring heat is produced through the friction. Then, your fingers should tightly run through the hair at the sides. After this, it is time to focus on the area surrounding the ear, by using a circular motion in front of and above the ear. As we are going further down, you massage both sides of the neck going up and down with your fingers. Then you tilt the head back and apply pressure by letting it rest on your thumb for around fifteen seconds. When Champi is performed on an individual, it is also recommended that they do their best to relax and practice deep breathing during the massage, and stay hydrated afterwards.


How can Ayurveda in general benefit the hair? Is there anything you can share about what Ayurveda is?Anything else our readers should know about mapi/Ayurveda, etc.?

Ayurveda is all about balancing out your imbalances; if you are having issues with your hair, it is very likely that you are suffering from an imbalance. In Ayurveda, we identify these imbalances by investigating Doshas. Your Dosha is your Ayurvedic mind-body type, a unique combination of the three energies and you are predominantly one of these energies: Vata (air), Pitta (fire), and Kapha (earth). Your Dosha can also help explain the type of hair you have, and what to do to benefit it the most. The best oil to use during Champi can be also determined through your Dosha.


To discover your Dosha, click here to take my free quiz! 


We suffer from an imbalance when we have too much of one of these energies in our body. For example, if you have excess Pitta, you might be experiencing early balding or graying hair. In order to stabilize yourself, you need to consume and perform activities of the other doshas that you are lacking. Add


For more information on how to improve your mind and body through Ayurveda , check out my book Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda.



Sahara Rose is the host of the Highest Self Podcast, ranked as the #1 top podcast in the spirituality category on iTunes and best-selling author of Eat Feel Fresh and Idiot’s Guide to Ayurveda. She has been called “a leading voice for the millennial generation into the new paradigm shift” by Deepak Chopra. She loves to make spiritual + Ayurvedic wisdom fun and relatable so it can serve the needs of today’s people.

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