What do Shampoo, Massage and Brighton have in common?
Answer: Doctor Brighton.
Brighton’s fascination with all things Indian and Oriental doesn’t stop at our magnificent Royal Pavilion with its minarets, domes and pinnacles.
Sake Dean Mahomed was a pioneering guy from India, who in 1814 was famous for bringing his own style of massage to Europe for therapeutic purposes and not just to Europe, but to our very own Brighton at the building which is now the Queens Hotel.
He became known as Doctor Brighton
Mahomed opened England’s first commercial ‘shampooing vapour masseur bath’ claiming that his massage techniques could cure many ills. He became known as Doctor Brighton and was appointed shampooing surgeon to both King George IV and William IV.
Shampoo actually derives from the Hindi and Urdu words ‘capo’ and ‘capna’ (to massage or press) and in fact shampoo meaning ‘to wash the hair’ didn’t get used over here until the middle of the 19th century.
Many of us relate shampooing massage actions to ‘Indian Head Massage’ which has evolved from Ayurvedic techniques used in India for thousands of years and from the premise that we should live life in health both physically and emotionally. Ayurveda aims to balance the three life-giving forces known as doshas. They are Vata, Pitta and Kapha.
As we now provide it in the West, head massages are a luxurious and skilful massage which also includes neck, shoulders and upper arms.
It’s the ultimate therapy to help unwind and relieve stress.
Head Massage can be received seated or lying down, with clothes on or with shoulders exposed.
Whether it’s for relaxation and inner peace or to relieve physical tension, Head Massage could be for you. Head Massage can now be booked via my booking page or scalp massage can be incorporated into Clinical Massage where indicated.
Check out this incredible video of the Cosmic Barber Baba Sen (sadly now deceased) for the best of Head Massage in India
(I just loved this mans dedication and showmanship and how he worked with energy)
If you are interested in trying some energy work on yourself, try out this affirmation which supports the crown chakra located at the top of your head
“I see the beauty in the world and I embrace it.”