Frequently Asked Questions
the answers to some of the Most Frequently Asked Questions about the Head
the Head Massage Training Course
What is Indian Champissage?
Champissage comes from the Hindi word ‘champi’ which means ‘massage of the head.’
In its contemporary form, this is a massage of the upper back, shoulders, upper arms, neck, and scalp, ears and face together with energy balancing. The recipient is seated and remains fully clothed. The therapist stands behind or slightly to the side of the recipient. The average length of a treatment is thirty minutes.
What are the benefits of this therapy?
Recipients regularly report reduction in muscular tension.
There are many benefits, including
• Muscular relaxation
• Loosening up of neck and shoulder joints
• Relief from headaches, eyestrain, sinusitis, insomnia, migraine and jaw ache.
• A sense of calmness; release of anxiety and help in clearer thinking
The therapy is excellent for computer users and all office workers. It’s also good for everyone who is leading a stressful life.
How does Indian Champissage differ from other therapies?
The recipient is fully clothed and seated. No oils or creams are used. This is a very consumer friendly massage. It is ideal for the office, on the beach, in the clinic or at home —- almost anywhere! Indian Champissage can be practised and received together with existing therapies.
How long is the training course?
The course takes three days. At the London Centre of Indian Champissage International’s training site in London, the training courses are normally held from Friday to Sunday. The hours are from 10am until 6pm. The Centre’s reception area is open approximately 20 minutes before the start of each day’s training. Students are expected to be present at all times. At other training locations, the days and times may vary.
What are the facilities at the London Centre of Indian Champissage International?
Students receive group-based instruction, followed by individual tuition when necessary, during the three days. Training takes place in the main teaching room. Adjacent to this is a reception area where bags and coats may be left. There is one WC, one washroom and a kitchen with a fridge, microwave and gas-fired oven.
Do I get a Diploma after the course?
You do not receive a Diploma at the end of the three-day training. You will be awarded the LCICI Diploma once you have passed the Diploma exam (both written and practical parts) and have had your Case Study material reviewed and accepted. At the end of the three-day training course, you will be presented with a signed Attendance Certificate.
How long will it take me to obtain the Diploma?
From the end of the three-day training to the day of the Diploma exam, students take a minimum of three months and, on average, four to five months to complete their case and home studies. Some students take longer than this. It is not unknown for someone to return to take the exam two years after participating on a training course. However, most people find it works better for them to start their practice as soon as possible after attending the training.
Do I have to sit the Diploma exam?
If you want to use the massage to help friends and family, you do not necessarily need to sit and pass the Diploma exam. You can simply attend the three-day training. However, if you wish to practise professionally — in order to receive insurance cover, you MUST present a Diploma in your name from the Centre to a reputable insurance broker. Ultimately, the choice is yours.
When will I be ready to take the exam?
You will be ready to take the Diploma exam when you have completed all the Case Studies and Home Studies. Expect to take between three to five months on your practical and written assignments. This is the minimum amount of time required. Occasionally, students may take much longer before returning to sit the Diploma exam. No upper time limit is imposed.
Do I need any massage experience before I begin my studies?
You do not need any prior experience of massage or bodywork.
Are there any entry qualifications?
There are no specific entry qualifications. If you are at all in doubt about your suitability for massage training and/or practice, please check with the LCICI personnel.
What letters may I use after my name once I receive my Diploma?
You may use the letters L.C.I.C.I after your name. This means ‘The London Centre of Indian Champissage International’
Can I work abroad once I qualify?
It is the individual student’s responsibility to comply with the local and national regulations concerning the provision of massage, which are in force in the country or countries of the student’s choice. Be aware that rules concerning work permits, insurance and the types of massage qualifications permitted vary from country to country. The LCICI cannot help you with this kind of research.
How much can I charge for a head massage?
You can undertake your own research by comparing charges for similar therapies and therapy times in your neighbourhood. Rents and local taxes vary enormously so be prepared to be flexible. By offering a special introductory rate, which is valid for a fixed period, you may encourage first-time customers’ interest.
Is there any reasonably priced accommodation near the LCICI?
We have an accommodation information sheet, which we can email or post to you. We can supply you with names and contact numbers over the phone. There is reasonably priced accommodation in the vicinity of the Centre.
Do I stay in contact with the LCICI after completing the course?
Students normally continue their studies without the assistance of LCICI personnel. Students are encouraged to make contact with fellow students living in the same area or region.
Does the LCICI coach me for the exam?
No further tuition is normally scheduled after the three-day training.
Is it possible to have personal tuition from one of the LCICI teachers once the course is over?
If you require an hour or two of individual tuition, you can book this by calling the LCICI.
Does the LCICI run evening classes?
The LCICI does not operate evening classes at this moment.
Does the LCICI run training courses at other locations?
The LCICI operates training courses in various worldwide locations —- sometimes independently, sometimes under the auspices of recognised training institutes and sometimes with the assistance of local organisers. The website at www.indianchampissage.com has full details. If you want more information about a specific course, please contact the person or organisation listed as responsible.
Are courses held in other locations identical to the courses taught at the London Centre?
The course content is the same wherever the training is delivered. Courses outside the United Kingdom usually have a lower anatomy content.
Do I need to bring a model for the training course?
You do not need to bring a model. You will massage fellow students and they will massage you.
Do I need to bring a model for the practical exam?
You do not need to bring a model. You will be asked to give a head massage to one of the Centre’s tutors.
How do I get to the London Centre of Indian Champissage International?
We recommend public transport. Use www.tfl.gov.uk and click on the Journey Planner section to plan the most efficient way of getting to the LCICI at 136 Holloway Road, London N7 8DD.
Are there any car-parking facilities near the Centre?
There is metered parking nearby; however, the permitted time of parking is limited to two hours. Apart from the expense and time involved, this option can cause disruption to class-work. The LCICI recommends students use public transport. The 43 and 271 buses pass in front of the Centre on the Holloway Road and both the Piccadilly and Victoria tube lines have stations nearby. At the time of issuing students with a receipt, the LCICI provides a map showing the location of the Centre and students can use this to help them plan their journeys.
How many people will attend the Course?
The course is normally led by Narendra Mehta, who is the pioneer of this system of Head Massage. He is usually joined by his wife, Kundan, and one other accredited tutor. This is often Norman MacCallum. There are biographies on the Mehtas and the tutors at www.indianchampissage.com
How many students will be studying with me?
There are usually eighteen students on a course. Occasionally, the number is higher and occasionally it is lower.
What’s the difference between a one-day workshop and a three-day course?
The LCICI’s three-day course is very comprehensive. Because it is spread over three days, there is more time to learn and more time to revise. There are more opportunities to ask questions, practise and assimilate the massage techniques.
How far in advance do I need to book a place on a course?
The course is very popular. We recommend you book at least one month before the start date of the course of your choice. You can secure a place by paying a deposit and by paying the balance at least two weeks before the course is due to start.
What are the ways I can pay?
You can pay in person with cash; by cheque made out to ‘The LCIC’ or by major debit and credit cards (not American Express). You can pay by posting your cheque to us, or by calling the LCICI on 0207 609 3590 and making a card payment over the phone. You can also pay with an International Banker’s Draft or Money Order. Please ask us for more details.
Do I need to pay for anything else?
You can pay for the three-day training on its own. When you are ready to take the Diploma exam, there will be an additional fee which you can pay when registering for the exam by phone or letter. You will be given a book, video/DVD and training manual at the commencement of the training course. The cost of these items is included in your training fee.
Is the LCICI affiliated to any organisations?
The Centre is affiliated to the CMA, The Complementary Medicine Association.
Will I be able to get insurance once I finish the three-day training?
When you are awarded the LCICI Diploma, you will be provided with contact details of insurance companies, which honour the LCICI qualification. If you do not already have insurance, you may then choose the company whose rates and conditions best suit your requirements. These UK-based insurance companies offer cover for practitioners working in Great Britain (excluding the Republic of Ireland). It is the practitioner’s responsibility to ensure that he or she complies with national regulations on insurance wherever he or she decides to work.
Will I be able to be insured as a student while I carry out my Case Studies?
You should be able to obtain Student Status Insurance and we can supply you with the relevant information at the time of your training course.
Do you provide career guidance once I have completed the training and obtained the Diploma?
No career guidance or counselling is offered. After passing the Diploma exam, a student can join the LCICI website list of qualified practitioners. The LCICI also offers telephone callers advice on their nearest qualified Indian Champissage therapist(s). To be on either or both of these lists, you must have passed the Diploma Exam. There is a yearly service charge for inclusion in the website listing.
Do I need any Anatomy or Physiology qualifications before I commence studies at the LCICI?
It is not necessary to have studied anatomy before beginning your training with the LCICI. You will be guided on what you need to know about anatomy during the three-day training. Every student receives an anatomy worksheet to facilitate first-time learning or revision when the three-day training course is over.
Must I bring some food to share?
If you decide to eat at the Centre, we request that you bring exclusively vegetarian food to share.
Must I participate in the shared lunches each day?
If you wish, you can lunch out. There are numerous cafes and inexpensive restaurants in the vicinity of the Centre. There are supermarkets and small stores with fruit and vegetable sections where you can pick up something to share with your fellow students each day if you decide to lunch at the Centre. Many students report that the communal lunch is a good time to network, relax and make new friends.
What kind of clothes do I wear when I’m studying at the Centre?
Please ensure that you bring or wear a normal, half-sleeved T-shirt. Cotton T-shirts are fine. If you want to wear something else on your way to and from the Centre, please bring a T-shirt to change into every day.
Should I wash my hair before coming to the course?
It would be an excellent idea to wash your hair before attending the course.
Do I need a notebook?
You will be supplied with a training manual, a Head Massage video/DVD and a Head Massage book on the first day of training. The training manual contains fully comprehensive instructions on the massage techniques. By all means bring a notebook if you want to jot down additional information.
I’m a qualified complimentary therapist. Could Indian Champissage training help me in my work?
Yes! This is a distinct health-care modality. You can incorporate this therapy into your existing practice. Not only can you practise it in clinics and spas, but also on-site in offices and other venues, such as shopping malls and airports. No oils, creams or special equipment is required. Indian Champissage is an excellent therapy for computer users and anyone who gets pains and stiffness in the neck and shoulders. Sufferers from headaches and migraines and sinusitis , insomnia and work-based tension can all benefit from this excellent stress-reducing therapy. In addition, premature hair loss can sometimes be slowed down or arrested.
About the exam for the Indian Champissage Diploma
How long is the exam?
From ten in the morning until four in the afternoon.
What happens during the exam day?
After a group discussion with one or more of the teaching staff, you will begin the written paper. This is a comprehensive paper and may take up to ninety minutes to complete. Lunch is then taken. After lunch, the practical exam starts. You are required to give a thirty-minute head massage to one of the school’s teaching staff. The practical exam is carried out on a one-to-one basis.
What are the pass marks and the pass rate?
In the UK, the pass rate is seventy-five percent of your entire work (including Home study, Case study, written and practical exams). Please be aware that in the UK there are 25 hours of practical massage Case Study work, together with an essay, a Case Study report and some anatomical diagrams to be completed as part of the Home Study written assignment.
How long after taking the exam will I be notified of my results?
Normally within three weeks.
How long prior to the exam do I need to send or deliver my written work?
In the UK, send copies of all your pre-exam written work to the Centre at least two calendar weeks before the exam date of your choice. If you are preparing for the exam abroad, you will be notified about the pre-exam procedure.
Are there any tutors accredited by the LCICI who teach outside London and overseas?
Yes! Please consult the list of accredited tutors on our website at www.indianchamapissage.com
They teach the same material taught at the London Centre.