When you treat yourself to a session with one of our massage therapists, he or she will probably focus on your entire body. Under certain circumstances, your head and scalp might need some extra tender loving care. Whether you are having “one of those days,” or you simply want to boost the circulation to your hair and face, a scalp massage might be just what the doctor ordered.
The History of Scalp Massage
Throughout the centuries, a variety of cultures have used massage as a therapeutic method. Scalp massage dates back to India. The people of India have integrated scalp massage techniques into therapeutic practices that date back 5,000 years. In fact, scalp massage plays a key role in ayurveda, the Indian method of holistic medicine. Many Indian women used scalp massage as part of a weekly ritual, massaging the scalps of family members as a means of preventing stress, disease and illness.
Mental Benefits of Massage Therapy
The results of a number of peer-reviewed research studies have showed us that massage, in general, increases the production of your body´s “feel good” chemicals, which include dopamine, serotonin and endorphins. The mental benefits of scalp massage put you in a better state of mind. The physical benefits help you stay in the mindset.
Scalp Massage, Serotonin and Muscular Tension
Scalp massage can alleviate pain by improving blood circulation to the head and removing muscle tension This benefit is particularly helpful when the every day stresses of life toss you into the throes of a migraine or tension headache. Given that decreases in serotonin can hasten the onset of a migraine, it makes sense that the serotonin-stimulating powers of massage can mitigate migraine severity.
Unlike migraines, researchers have not found a distinct connection between serotonin levels and regular tension headaches. More likely, tension in the neck, the shoulders and the muscles of the face and scalp can cause the problem. The skilled hands of your massage therapist can knead away the tension. In some cases, a head, neck and scalp massage might eliminate the need for harmful pain killers.
Massage for Healthy Hair
Researchers at the Pacific College for Oriental Medicine note that scalp massage can increase blood flow to the hair follicles, condition the scalp, and enhance the strength of the roots. The skillful kneading that takes place during a massage warms the skin and opens up the blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. This increased blood flow to the hair follicle also increases the much-needed nutrient intake, which all hair follicles require for healthy hair growth.
When combined with a full body massage, scalp massage provides the perfect health and beauty treatment!
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