Give a Head Massage Like a Professional

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A head massage is a great way to help promote relaxation using reflexology points on the skull. Massaging the head properly may seem a bit daunting. In fact, you may not even know why people may like to receive a head massage. This article will show you how, and take you through each step so you can perform your own head massage like a professional.

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Read on for the details, and don't forget to watch the video guide at the end of this article to watch the head massage technique in action.


About Giving a Professional Head Massage

Giving a professional head massage is all about the stroke of your hands against the person's head and proper movements as you move from one section of the scalp to another.

Always apply a firm pressure when giving a head massage. Strokes should be slow moving and transition well into the next area to be massage seamlessly. You don't want to jump around. If you are massaging the base of the skull don't suddenly move your hands to the front hairline. Instead, gradually with firm oblong circular strokes work your way to the front hairline. Try to maintain contact at all times.

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Benefits of a Head Massage

There are many reasons why a head message is both great to give and receive.

  • Relieves tension.
  • Relieves headaches.
  • Provides general relaxation.
  • Helps increase mobility of the neck joints.
  • Renews energy.
  • Reduces depression, anxiety, and other stress-related issues.
  • May lead to increased levels of creativity, clarity, and cognitive function.
  • Promotes sound restful sleep.
  • May help strengthen the immune system.
  • Improved skin tone, health, and color.
  • Promotes healthy hair and scalp.
  • Increases self-esteem and self-worth.
  • Balances chakras.
  • Makes you feel good having made someone else feel good.
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Things You'll Need

Buy oil, or get creative and make your own.

Steps to Giving a Professional Head Massage

Hands can be both gentle and strong.
  1. 1
    Get the person comfortable
    Have the individual lay or sit down in a comfortable position.
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  2. 2
    Get them used to your touch
    Make one stroke from the bottom of the neck up to the base of the skull. Rest your hands here as you ask any needed questions.
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  3. 3
    Begin rotating the head
    By applying a light pressure with your fingers to the occipital ridge (the base of the skull), you should be able to rotate the head from side to side.
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  4. 4
    Always oblong
    Make strong oblong (stretched out oval) movements with the fingers and thumbs of both hands over the scalp. Starting at the base of the skull and working your way out towards the back of the ears massage the scalp using these motions.
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  5. 5
    Massage the crown of the head
    Often during a head massage, the crown area will be missed. Make sure you massage it well in the same manner as the rest of the scalp.
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  6. 6
    Massage the temple areas
    Most people think that the temple only includes the area between the corner of your eyes and your ear, but actually, it also includes the area in front of the top part of your ear. Massage this area with nice deep slow strokes in a clockwise motion.
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  7. 7
    Play with the hair
    As you wind down the head massage, you may want to play with the hair by pseudo combing it with your fingers and gently stroking the scalp from the base of the skull to the crown of the head.
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Video Instructions for Professional Head Massage

The following video will demonstrate the proper techniques for giving a professional head massage. [SEE VIDEO HERE]

Additional Tips, Suggestions & Warnings

Create a soothing ambience for the head massage.
  • When massaging the scalp, put your body weight into it.
  • Don't just use the strength of your fingers.
  • Make sure the person receiving the massage is comfortable.
  • Light some candles - create a soothing ambience.
  • Put on soothing music (nature sounds, Indian music, no vocals).
  • Make sure the oil is warm (not hot).
  • Try to maintain contact with the person's head at all times.
  • Begin slowly – end slowly.
  • Depending on the person, they may want to have their hair gently pulled.
  • There are many other types of head massages. Some incorporate the facial massage, head massage, and a brief upper body massage.
  • Don't pull the hair too hard or it may inflict pain.
  • Make sure to have any dangling earrings or necklaces removed before starting.
  • Don't do this if you have long fingernails.
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Questions and Answers

What EXACTLY to do in this step?

I didn't get what you meant by asking questions in this step.

Rather than just launch into a massage, you talk to the person a bit, their life, their family, if it's their first head massage, you might want to tell them what you'll be doing.

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