Most people are familiar with headache and everyone has their own way of getting rid of it. Either by taking painkillers, drinking coffee, lying down for a nap for ten minutes. However, if you know how to do a head massage, it will help in relieving discomfort form stress, lack of sleep or fatigue, and it will also help you in coping better than when you use analgesics and caffeine.
The benefits and harms of different types of head massage
There are two main types of head massages, therapeutic and cosmetic. The former relieves headache, migraines, tension and fatigue. The latter assists in relieving problems of the hair and scalp.
How it works:
- During the massage, blood circulation is accelerated, the vessels begin to work better. The brain is saturated with oxygen, the tension goes away, the level of care increases.
- It relaxes the muscles of the neck and headache caused by their overexertion.
- Hair bulbs get more nutrients, hair starts to grow faster and thicker.
- Scalp becomes toned, normalized the release of subcutaneous fat.
However, in some cases massage can not be carried out when you have the following conditions:
- Cardiovascular diseases, including the propensity for thrombosis
- High temperature
- Fresh wounds and inflammation on the scalp
- Profuse hair loss
Rules of massage
They are done only for the purpose of convenience and hygiene:
- Wait one to two hours after the last meal
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, so as not to bring infections into the open pores of the scalp
- Massage can be performed either before washing the head, or during.
The hair should also be well combed so that nothing interferes with the movement. Ensure that you are comfortable during the process; you can sit on your back or lie on your stomach. Try to eliminate distractions by turning on quiet music, but not watching a TV show as this will interfere with the massage process, especially if you are doing it by yourself.
The method of head massage
- Smooth your head with a straight palm, moving from the right ear to the left, gradually moving to the shoulders. When one hand finishes moving, the other repeats it in the opposite direction.
- Lower the pads of your fingers on the middle of the forehead and swipe to the temples as you press a little.
- Rub the temporal area with circular motions of the fingers.
- With the middle finger pads, draw a line from the inner corner of the eye to the outer, then back.
- With zigzag movements, rub your forehead along the hairline, over the eyebrows and over the middle line of the forehead from the nose up.
- Press the fingertips of the fingers to the following points: arcs, recesses on the outer end of the eyebrows, behind the ears, mastoid growths (corners of the skull bones behind the ears opposite the edges of the lower jaw), occupied bump.
- Rub the top point on top of the top.
- With straight palms, rub your head in the middle, moving from the forehead to the back of the head.
- Mentally divide your head into quarters for convenience, and rub each area with straight, spiral and zigzag movements, resting on your head with your fingers placed at an acute angle.
- Gently pull the hair along the pro parts and lateral edges of growth.
- Finally, repeat stroking the head and shoulders.
After massaging the scalp, you can do a facial massage. It will help to relax constantly tense facia muscles, relieve tension as well as headache.
- Spread your forehead with the pads, moving from the middle to the edges of the hair growth.
- Draw a line on the eyebrows from the bridge of the nose to the hair.
- Gently swipe from the inner corners of the eye to the outside and continue to move to the edge of hair growth.
- Swipe your thumb several times from the nose to the tip of the nose, then gently squeeze it with your thumb and fore finger.
- Perform rubbing movements of the brush, moving from the inner corner of the eye through the cheekbones to the point above the ears. Repeat the movements, going down below – under the cheekbone, above the upper lip, under the lower lip.
- With your thumb and forefait, squeeze the tip of your chin and repeat the movement throughout the jaw.
- Gently squeeze the tip of the chin and, without letting go, lead your fingers to the edges of the lower jaw to the ears.
- By groping the chewing muscles (this is easy to do if you put your fingers on your muscles and squeeze your teeth), rub them in circular motions.
- Place your palms on the cheeks, pointing your fingers to your ears, and move them from nose to side.
Classical medical massage takes about 5-6 minutes. Pay attention to the neck and temples. It is also necessary that you massage the dots of the eyebrows, the middle of the cheekbones and the bridge of the nose. Repeat each of these movements several times as you alter the way you move your fingers. You can either stroke, rub, press and vibrate. You hands should be clean and the head massage should be done using special lubricants.
The regularity of the massage is done according to the instructions of the physician but it is normally 2-3 times a week.