De-stress. Give yourself a Scalp Massage!

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De-stress. Give yourself a Scalp Massage!

Where does stress build up in your body? Most people will say they feel tension in their shoulders or their abdomen tightening up. Some of us get headaches when times get tough. And recently I’ve had the strangest sensation of my scalp getting tight.

I have a friend from Taiwan who noticed one day that I was starting to frown as a headache started to trouble me. She asked if she could help and had me sit down comfortably in a chair and close my eyes. She placed her fingers on either side of my skull and squeezed. And then I experienced one of the most intense pains of my life — and then, in seconds, it was gone! I felt better than I had in days.

You can go to an expensive hair salon, spa or resort and indulge in a scalp massage. Or you can travel to India where scalp massage is a centuries-old tradition. It is customary for mothers in India to massage their children’s heads. Or you can DIY.

Scalp massage takes many forms from gentle soothing strokes with fingertips or fingernails to deep tissue and oil massages. One favorite technique of mine is to grab fistfuls of hair and gently pull for a few seconds – quick relief after several hours on the computer. Another is to spread your fingers on either side of your head and squeeze for a few seconds, then release. Then move your hands to the front and back and squeeze. Try also pressing on any sore or tense spots and make circles.

In the course of researching this article, I learned a new term: trichology – the scientific study of the hair and scalp. Your scalp is made up in five layers that medical students learn with the mnemonic – S C A L P:

    S: Skin on the head that has sebaceous glands and hair follicles
    C: Connective tissue of fat and fibrous tissue
    A: Aponeurosis, a tough dense fibrous tissue layer
    L: Loose areolar connective tissue layer of collagen which contains the major blood vessels
    P: Pericranium which wraps the skull bones

Getting additional blood to your scalp can benefit your hair. Like other cells throughout your body, the follicles that hold the hair to the head can get starved when tensions contract muscles and blood flow. Massage can improve circulation and increase oxygen in the cells.

Beautiful hair starts with a healthy scalp. When I felt a headache coming on tonight, I happened to be looking through the Paul Penders assortment of hair products trying to figure out what to tell you about them. Two products target cleansing and conditioning your scalp and hair.

Pegaga Scalp Cleansing Treatment naturally treats irritated and flaking scalps and features Australian Tea-tree oil and the tropical herb Pegaga, known in Malaysia as the “Miracle Hero of the Rainforest.” Both possess remarkable antiseptic and anti-bacterial qualities to deep-cleanse and revitalize the scalp while helping control itching and flaking.

I grabbed the box marked Holy Basil Conditioning Scalp Toner. Holy Basil is a spicy, aromatic herb used as a stimulant used to treat headaches. Its anti-bacterial properties cleanse and tone scalp in hair care products and can improve scalp problems by stimulating circulation and balancing sebum production. Applying this conditioning skin toner can calm scalp irritations and even help prevent dandruff.

And I’m here to tell you that it makes a great scalp massage lotion. The clear liquid smells nice and feels cool on my scalp. And I’m delighted to say that after applying it and doing a little squeeze-and-release massage, my headache is gone!

By Teviot Fairservis.


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