I had the privilege to meet this amazing man at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival 2013. This was a time in my life where I had decided to train in Indian Head Massage (I personally love all things Indian, my heart skips a beat when I see, find, or learn anything new about India and Hinduism and I truly believe in Reincarnation so perhaps in a previous life I was from India? Who knows?) I knew I wanted to learn something for myself on the side (in between studying Mental Health care & art therapy…I kinda needed a break!) and it had to be something I could also use as therapy to others plus I knew that learning a new therapeutic skill would add to my personality, the idea is if I can help heal the souls of others through art & dance, I can also help heal the mind & body through massage. I also knew this road would be precarious and full of judgement from others yet by chance I met Moses through buying his Godfather’s book (The great Narendra Mehta!) to help with my studies, I discovered his Godfather had a company in London and that they offer massage to the public at the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival! Since I was already going there as a guest performer I jumped at the chance to contact him in the hope that I could make friends with like minded people, it seemed an act of fate or Synchronicity was occurring and I loved it!
In a world where we are surrounded by naysayers who tell you “You can’t do this?” and “what are you doing that for?” and “You shouldn’t be doing that, what you should be doing is this.”
it seemed like a blessing and a breath of fresh air to meet Moses who without knowing the tribulations I was going through let me know everything was going to be OK and gave me the confidence to forge my own path regardless. As he gave me an Indian Head Massage he said to me “Katie, you are carrying a lot of emotion on your shoulders, let go, trust me.” these were powerful words that hit me hard and made me reflect on my life (he also said I have beautiful hair) but also the Head Massage worked like a treat, needless to say I slept like a log that night for the first time in ages!
Travelling back to Plymouth my mind became crystal clear, I decided to fully qualify in Massage Therapy, it will take a while but I want it to, it needs to be a slow process so I can savour all that I am learning and my Mum is actually extremely supportive of this extra theraputic skill I am acquiring!(on top of mental health care & art therapy, man i’ve got my work cut out for me!) I am now studying Anatomy & Physiology (L3) which will take about a year and I will go on to training in Body Massage and become an instructor of Baby Massage! I love the idea of being an all round therapist for the mind, body and soul through art and massage plus it is something I can practise on my own family & children one day!
It was an honour to meet Moses and so lovely we have become friends. I asked him if he would be interested in doing a short interview with me, for my blog and he happily said Yes! As a thank you for the Indian Head Massage & for taking the time to be in this interview I am creating an illustration for him which should be completed during the time of Divali.
So…Enough about me, here is the excellent Interview with Moses Chundi of Indian Champissage International in London.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you do?
I am the godson of late Narendra Mehta, a member of a British Empire. Narendra was blind from birth and is known as the “Guru of Indian (Champissage) Head Massage.” He also is a renowned author. Narendra and Kundan Mehta have travelled around the world teaching massage therapies.
I have worked closely with Narendra Mehta, along with my godmother Kundan Mehta, teamed to teach their world renowned massage therapies.
All these special skills have been learned by throughout my 13 years journeys into wellbeing. I have been trained by Narendra and Kundan Mehta, and have travelled to India to train and also had been self-taught by observing and learning from my godfather.
“I have made Narendra as my greatest inspiration.”
Since taking over from the year 2011, I have added Ayurvedic & Yoga Centre, which is becoming really successful, today. I still continue the services, along with my godmother, which were primarily made by Narendra Mehta and include head massages, natural face lift massages, foot massages, and my own full body rejuvenation therapies.
Today, I still look forward to spread my wings in order to operate in various places and locations in around the world.
What or who inspired you to pursue this path?
My godparents, Narendra Mehta & Kundan Mehta
Can you tell us a brief history of Indian Head Massage?
Head massage has been practised for over a thousand years. The Indian women massage each other in the families, between their friends or neighbours who use different oils according to the season or geographical locations. (coconut, sesame, almond, are the oils most commonly used to keep their long hair strong, lustrous and in beautiful condition.
Barbers practised many of the same skills with their male clients. They used to visit individual homes, cutting hair and often offering champi (head massage) as part of the treatment. It was customary for most people from the king down to have someone attend to them in this manner.
The barbers’ skills evolved through the ages. They were handed down from father to son in much the same way that women kept alive the tradition of hair massage and grooming by passing the techniques from mother to daughter. Nowadays, it is very common to go to a barber’s shop, receive a wet shave and have a head massage thrown in as part of the treatment.
Why is any kind of massage as well as Indian Head Massage important for general health & well-being?
Generally full body massages are very beneficial as they help is Assists better flow of blood, Boosts lymphatic flow, Reduces edema, Relaxation, Improves body flexibility and self-esteem, Boosts endorphin release, Can stimulate or sooth nerves. But, in the event when there is not enough time even a session of Head Massage will be greatly beneficial for just one reason – “Indian Head Massage (Champissage) includes massage of the shoulders, upper arms, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage is safe, simple to learn and very effective to give, without the need to undress or use oils. It can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.”
What are the pros and cons of working in this field?
Pros – If one loves this profession only then is welcomed. It’s a fulfilling profession. Helps to keep balance in life. Flexible working hours. Choose who you want to work with. Meet some great people. Help many people. Money should not be the motivating factor. Cons – If someone doesn’t like this from their heart then they are wasting time. Initially could be low paid. Starting off could be slow. But, with right help and love for work will always find its way.
Do you have any hobby’s outside of work?
Cooking, Photography & Travelling
Is there a client experience you are proud of?
In Mind Body Spirit Show in 2002 November I gave a head massage to a client who started crying and I thought I did hurt her, as my massage is bit strong. But, when I paused for a moment and asked her if she was ok, she said, “She is fine and she just had the memories of her late husband” but, requested me to continue and left very happy and next day she booked her friend and herself again. Since then I decided that If I can bring a smile on someone’s face but giving them a bit of nice pain ☺ If I may say that…I love this work. I have had few more of similar experiences with clients and students too.
What have been some of the greatest challenges in your career?
I did not have many challenges in my career. As I was blessed to be working with Narendra & Kundan Mehta
Do you teach & give workshops outside of London and the UK?
Yes, I do travel on work.
Any advice to those training or wanting to train in Massage?
If one loves this profession only then is welcomed. If someone doesn’t like this from their heart then they are wasting time and Money should not be the motivating factor.
What form of Massage or massage technique do you enjoy practising the most?
Head & Full Body Massages
Are there any holistic art forms you believe in or find interesting?
Yes, Ayurvedic Medicines without a doubt.
Have you endured trials & tribulations relating to judgemental people, if so how did/would you combat this and what advice would you give those who want to see life outside the box and pursue a career path in something other than an office job?
This is already happening. We must agree that everyone can qualify to be a therapist if they pursue their studies. But, few become great therapist. This is what will differentiate from one therapist to the other. As the scripture “Many are called, but few are chosen” ☺ so it is in everything in life. Some are great and office jobs and they love so they have to be where they belong. Some who don’t feel the same must find what their passion is as, for them Massage may not be the one either ☺ so again one should find what they love.
There is a lot of stigma attached to what is considered “unconventional” here in the west, what would you say to those who pass judgement on complementary medicines and holistic career paths?
Complementary Medicines & Holistic approach has always been around. People who pass judgements, I would say, it’s their opinions, and opinions don’t change the facts. Though some of them may or cannot be proven yet, if believed healing can occur. But, we do not write off the other medical practices as we have to work complimenting each other. It’s one’s personal belief system and experience which will draw them into these paths.
If you want to know more about Moses & London Centre of Indian Champissage, or perhaps want a massage treatment or fancy doing a training course with them here are some links:
Their Website: Champissage International
Their Facebook Page: London Centre of Indian Champissage
The amazing Book I bought: Indian Head Massage by Narendra Mehta
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