Rub My Head…Please!

One of the best pleasures in life is a scalp massage. You can give yourself a scalp massage, or have a friend or family member do it. Scalp massage can also be performed in spas, some hair salons or by massage therapists. Scalp massage is not only relaxing and enjoyable; it also has some health benefits. Some people use oils when doing a scalp massage. It can also be performed without oil for people who prefer not to get greasy or who have to go somewhere after the scalp massage.

I have not met one person that does not like their scalp massaged when getting a shampoo at a salon. It feels so good, what’s not to love. But aside from scrubbing all the dirt and oils out of your mane, the scalp massage you receive in your shampoo is also beneficial to the circulation of blood to the head and face. Increased circulation can promote healthy hair growth. I would recommend adding oil to your scalp massage to help to get rid of dandruff. The use of oil on the scalp can also help prevent new dandruff from occurring.

Scalp massage can help relieve tension headaches and migraines. If you suffer from tension headaches or migraines have whoever is giving you a scalp massage spend extra time on the base of the skull, near the hairline, since tension often accumulates in this area. It can also help to include a massage of the forehead and temples when massaging to relieve the headaches and migraines.

Scalp massage also helps those that have insomnia issues. It is so relaxing it can make you sleepy. After your good nights rest your body will be totally revitalized, which will improve your concentration for the day.

If you do not want to spend money on getting a professional scalp massage, try making your own oil and massage your own scalp. Below are the best essential oils to use on your head and scalp. You can even heat up your oil for more relaxation and added hot oil conditioning hair treatment for your hair. Remember always use with a carrier oil with your essential oils. I prefer olive oil, jojoba, & almond. In a bowl, you can mix a few tablespoons of your carrier with 2 drops of your essential oils. Great creative and make your own blend, its actually kind of fun!

Rosemary – This essential oil promotes hair growth and conditions the scalp.

Peppermint – This essential oil energizes you.

Coconut – This oil slows premature graying as well as thinning.

Olive – This carrier oil opens the pores on your head.

Jasmine – This essential oil can relieve stress.

Jojoba – This carrier oil repairs damaged hair and balances your own sebum.

Rub My Face Please!

Facial massage is a treatment that helps achieve healthy, younger looking skin by slowing down the aging process. Massage is considered to be one of the oldest forms of healing. Along with numerous skin benefits, facial massage also provides relief for stress, sinus congestion, and migraine headaches.

Having a facial massage on a regular basis can lead to firmer, more radiant skin by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles, moisturizing, and releasing tension. Facial massage can be performed by a massage therapist, a cosmetologist, an esthetician, or done at home. The most comfortable position for most clients is on a massage table or chair, but any flat surface will work.

Always use massage oil made especially for the face. This product is available through many skin care companies. This oil moisturizes the skin and helps facilitate movement over the delicate facial areas.

Start with cleansing the face first. An exfoliant or masque may also be used prior to the massage. The exfoliant is good for increasing the blood flow and sloughing off any dead skin cells. This leaves the face clean and ready for a moisturizing massage.

Begin the massage by setting the mood. Make sure the surroundings are quiet, lights are dim, and add relaxing music if desired. Apply massage oil on the fingertips and face. This oil will provide lubrication, or slip, for massage movements. A very gentle, gliding movement, or effleurage, with soft strokes is best for facial massage. The face is sensitive and highly vascular. If the pressure is too deep, facial skin may bruise or swell. Use the index, middle and ring fingers for the lightest pressure. Massage strokes should be an upward motion, which gives the facial muscles lift and counteracts gravity.

A facial massage involves the entire face – including the forehead, nose, eyes, mouth, chin, cheeks, temples, neck, décolletage, ears, and sometimes scalp. Use caution around the eyes because the skin in this region is extremely delicate and thinner than other areas of the face. The oil is removed after completion of the massage, leaving the face cleansed and relaxed.

As a precaution, facial massage should not be performed with the following conditions: open cuts, sores, or boils, skin inflammation, severe acne, psoriasis, or eczema. Skin conditions such as severe acne, psoriasis, or eczema may be further irritated by a facial massage. Contact lens wearers should remove lens prior to starting the massage.

The benefits of facial massage include improvement of facial tone, relaxation of muscles, relief from headaches, stress, and anxiety, and overall relaxation. Always use massage oil made especially for the face. Regular massages of the face can lead to healthy, younger looking skin along with mental and physical relaxation.

As great as giving yourself a facial massage sounds, it doesn’t even compare to getting one in my Facial treatments. 🙂

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2040_10200133690965479_1403608009_nApril M. Monterrosa is the Owner of  The Lil Spa Room , PCA Skin Certified, a Nuskin Skin Care Distributor, Founder of  Wonderfully Wise Women, & a Writer for SAXtreme Magazine. Just a simple &  Proud Latina from San Antonio, Texas, a Marine Corps wife, Mama of a Dachshund, & a licensed Cosmetologist of 17+ years, blogging about things I love most…Beauty, Love, Life, Spa, Wine, and everything else in between! Check out my other Blog at: wonderfullywisewomen.me