There are many different ways to have your scalp massaged. You can do it yourself with many different hand tools available. There is everything from hairbrushes with boar bristles to handheld electric and waterproof tools that work with your shampoo to cleanse and exfoliate your scalp. Then there are the nonelectric handheld ones. The claim is they can help increase hair growth, decrease dandruff and raise the serotonin levels in your brain.
Another way is to have someone else give you a scalp massage, like a massage therapist. Sometimes oil can be used to help further enhance the experience. The oil could be as simple as an aromatherapy oil. Combine that with getting your scalp massaged, and you have a great recipe for relaxing! As the oils penetrate your scalp, your nose picks up the aromas of the oil. It can make for a wonderful experience. However, if having oil in your hair is not what you want, that’s OK. The scalp massage can be done without oil too. The benefits are still many and outweigh not getting a scalp massage. The biggest benefits are increased blood flow and release of tension within the muscles covering the skull. This can equal major ahhh relaxation.
I have one client who gets a weekly 30-minute chair massage. We always start it off with 10 minutes on the scalp. It’s a great way for him to relax and truly enjoy the rest of the massage. As I am massaging his scalp, I really work at massaging the skin and muscles and not just moving the hair around. It really does make a difference in the quality of the scalp massage and how much better that person feels after the massage. I had a beautician who taught me the difference and the importance of truly massaging the muscles versus just the hair.
Getting your scalp massaged has the same reaction as getting your muscles massaged anywhere else on the body. Blood flow increases and tension is released. I think people forget that there are muscles below the skin covering the skull bones. It’s a thin layer of muscle tissue and, yes, it can get tight too. I believe as we clench our jaws from stress, this can transfer to our skull muscles as well. While I don’t get a lot of requests for scalp massages, I am always happy to give one. I don’t know why, I just know it usually feels so much better when someone else gives us a scalp massage. And while you’re at it, get a face massage. It can be just as relaxing too!
Susan Santi is a certified massage therapist and owner of Ahhh Massage in Virginia, MN. Feel free to contact her with questions at 218-410-2144.