When you can’t get a someone else to do a scalp massage for you – try these on yourself!
Scalp massage is one of my favorite things in the world. If I had to choose to one thing for relaxation, I would just have someone rub my scalp down while I drift off to blissland. The best is obviously having a profesh do this for you, which is why we offer extended head massage during our Pure + Simple facials if desired – but this isn’t always an option. Sometimes when you’re extremely time poor or short on funds for beauty, you need to take matters into your own hands…literally.
Why not give yourselves your own relaxing scalp massage? Not only is it great for some personal tlc, but it also promotes circulation to your hair follicles, strengthening and rejuvenating your hair. This isn’t a new concept, according to the ancient principles of Ayurveda, scalp massage done with sesame oil is one of the best practices for nourishing your mane and settling the mind. In fact, the use of sesame oil for reducing nervous energy (and balancing Vata) has given way to a many traditional Ayurvedic scalp treatments, such as Shirodhara and Shirobasti. So, if you’re looking for some DIY self-pampering, try these easy massage techniques for natural beautycare and mental rejuvenation.
Combing: One of my personal fav techniques, I use this when I’m doing this on clients in facials. It works best on people with thick hair because the weight of their hair brings more pressure to the move. Starting from the forehead, press all five fingers into the scalp while stroking to the base of the head. It looks very much like you are running your fingers through your hair – but paying attention to really getting in there and making sure you are stroking the scalp, not just your hair strands. This stimulates the scalp’s meridians.
Circular kneading: This move is great when wanting to focus on specific areas of the scalp. Tense in the base of your scalp? Or feeling aches in your temples? Try some circular kneading. Do this by using your fingertips and making circular motions, moving your hair’s roots. This is similar to the movements you use to shampoo your hair. It really helps work in any hair oil and relax the head muscles.