September 30, 2011

Don't Let It Go to Your Head

Or better yet, please do. When a full body massage isn't possible, enjoy a relaxing scalp massage. Why not this weekend?

You'd be amazed how much tension can be relieved. But there's another advantage, it also promotes healthy hair because massaging the scalp stimulates blood flow to the follicles, and dead skin cells and dandruff are removed from the scalp's surface. The follicles are better able to receive nutrients and therefore hair growth may occur and hair loss is prevented. And, a scalp massage may offer relief to those suffering from migraines or headaches.

The Brush Technique (Massage for 1 or 2): Using a natural-bristle brush, and brushing from root to tip slowly, will stimulate the scalp and promote relaxation. Take turns brushing each other's hair, or relax in your favorite chair and sit slightly forward as you brush from one side to the next. Once the hair is brushed out, run your fingers through the hair in upward strokes paying close attention to temples, forehead, and the top of the neck.

Essential Oils: Warm a small amount of olive, jojoba, or almond oil and gently massage into the scalp starting from the temples and moving towards the center. The goal is to not necessarily coat the hair, but to use the oil to help glide your hands all over the head. You can add essential oils like lavender (relaxing), peppermint (invigorating), or rosemary (to promote hair growth).

Hair and Scalp Treatment: Use your favorite conditioner or hair moisturizer combined with a little water to work into the scalp and saturate the hair.

Use a towel under the receiver's head to keep the products from getting onto furniture or carpet, and use a combination of circular and kneading motions, pressing slightly every so often, to massage the scalp. You can even move the massage down to the neck and the tops of shoulders for added pleasure.