A head massage has many benefits over a full-body massage. Anyone can learn how to do massage and if you and your partner practice on each other, you both will reap the benefits of massage.
Tension and stress can inhibit blood flow to your head causing headaches, eye strain, poor concentration, depression and other symptoms. A head massage is instant relief to those symptoms of stress. You do not need oil or lotion and a head massage can be done almost anywhere. All you need is a comfortable place to lie down or sit. Oh, and of course the power of your hands and fingers.
Although you can do self-massage on your head, you will need to focus harder in order to relax. Having someone to do head massage for you makes it easier to enjoy all the benefits of massage.
The most important thing to do whenever you are giving someone a head massage is to listen and ask for feedback. You may not think you are pressing too hard but the receiver of the massage may not feel that way. Slower movements usually feel better than fast ones. Slow movements are more relaxing.
To give a head massage, first have the person sit in a comfortable chair or lie down. Start by massaging their scalp. Imagine that you are shampooing their hair, slowly allowing your fingertips to slide around their scalp. Instantly, the person receiving the massage is going to start to relax.
Massage using the pads of your fingertips and if you nails are long, be careful not to ruin the massage by stabbing them with the sharpness of your nails. Use small, circular movements all over the head. As you move towards the hairline, continue by tracing the hairline using the same small, circular movements. You can press into the hairline as long as the receiver wants more pressure.
Starting at the hairline at the top of the head, use the pads of your thumbs to gently press into the forehead, allowing your thumbs to slide down to the eyebrows. Reverse the movement starting at the eyebrow and moving back up towards the hairline. Spread your thumbs wider apart and repeat all along the hairline to the brows and back.
Move down to the temples, and make tiny circles, slowly pressing in deeper. Reverse the direction of the circles. Slide under the eyes to the sides of the nose. Press into the face with your fingertips (not your thumbs) and slide across the face towards the ears. Do this a few times but make sure to go slowly.
Grab under the cheekbones and push the cheeks around gently. Imagine the face to be like clay and gently knead it. Slowly slide your hands down to the neck and gently massage the back of the neck.
A tip for giving a great head massage is to try and keep your hands (or fingers) on the person’s face during the entire massage. It just feels better and helps to keep the person relaxed.
Massage can relieve your stress and tension and practicing on your partner gives the benefit of massage to each of you.