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How to Use Friction Strokes during a Head Massage

Learn how to use friction strokes during a head massage in this Howcast video featuring massage therapist Judie Rhed Yim.


We are going to go over how to use friction strokes during a head massage. You can basically due strokes along the side of the temples where the muscle fibers go in this direction. It feels really great to do cross fiber along the length of the muscle so the frictioning is going to be toward your eyebrow direction keeping your hands nice and steady but also relaxed in such a manner and supporting the opposite head with your right hands. We are just going to go scrubbing so to speak, frictioning right along that stringy fiber of the temporalis muscle.

And this feels really great and the scalp as well but mainly what you are trying to address is the muscle that holds the temporal bone into place and it also has a lot of tension headaches. Feels really great on the superficial layers of the muscle and the fascia right above the ear also another really tension holding place all along the side of the ears and also working towards the back.

The fibers of the muscles go around so to speak the ear lob so you can follow that. Generally, this stroke can be used anywhere on the scalp on the cranium, but it feels really wonderful on pretty much along the sides of the ears and the temporalis. And that's how you do friction technique for a head massage.

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