If you’ve ever had a head massage, chances are you thought it felt good. But why are head massages so great – what’s the science behind it?
Head massages are the ultimate treatment for relaxation. Here’s why:
Massage is Great for Pain Relief
If you suffer from tension headaches, neck aches, or backaches, you’ll know how much difference a good head massage can make. The small muscles around your head are receptive to touch, with an extensive network of nerve endings and touch receptors. In fact, the head has more touch receptors than the back, which means that this area can really benefit from massage.
It’s definitely worth booking a head massage if you find yourself suffering from headaches.
Massages Give a Mood Boost
There are also several mood-boosting benefits to head massages. Humans show a positive response to touch from birth, and some studies have shown that regular head massages can reduce depression symptoms and ease anxiety levels. It can also help to alleviate feelings of boredom and stress.
While head massages won’t help with mental health issues in the same way as therapy and medication, it may be worth a try alongside speaking to your doctor if you’re feeling a bit low.
Recovery From Injuries
Indian Head Massage can be used to aid recovery from specific injuries and illnesses. This is not as straightforward as it sounds – treatment like this requires some collaboration with doctors and medical professionals. There are links between massage and the nervous system, muscle tissue blockages, and even gut health.
Head Massages & Hair Growth
A lesser-known benefit of head massage is hair growth. There is some evidence that regular head massages over a long period (we’re talking months of regular appointments) can increase hair thickness quite significantly.
Although it can’t completely stop (or reverse) male baldness, it can help prevent some hair loss – massage can strengthen the hair follicles, which can help those hairs to stay put.
Head Massages & Memory
There are some studies to suggest that head massage can help to improve short-term and long-term memory. These studies are very much in progress with not much data to work with so far, but it’s an interesting concept to think about and could be utilized in the future to help those with Alzheimer’s, for example.
Head Massages are Amazing for Relaxation
You may have heard of ASMR – Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. ASMR videos have been exploding in popularity in recent years, but there are several real benefits to head massage in relation to ASMR.
Head massage is an incredible experience if your scalp is particularly sensitive and can leave you feeling euphoric and relaxed, and it can provide a temporary mood boost.
Most people find head massages to be very relaxing, especially in times of stress. If you’re the type of person that really enjoys going to the hairdresser to get your hair washed, chances are you’ll really enjoy a head massage – so why not book one today?