Tension and stress restrict blood flow to the head. Give a relieving head massage, keeping key areas and techniques in mind.
- TIP: Use soft nature sounds or string music to promote relaxation while giving a head massage. Dim the lights.
- Step 1: Cup your hands under the neck and lift the head, allowing the neck to stretch. Then tilt the head forward gently toward the chest for a few seconds and release.
- Step 2: Finish the head massage by applying slight pressure with your fingers to the base of the skull under the ear at the jaw line. Pull the head toward you to stretch for a few seconds, and hold. Finally, release the head and lay it down gently. Then switch places and get a massage of your own.
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- Step 3: Lift the head slightly, rolling it, and rotate the neck slowly toward one shoulder. Hold for one second, release, and repeat this movement the other way.
- Step 4: Press the dimples beside the nose to relieve nasal congestion, the inner eyebrow directly above the corner of the eye to clear the sinus cavity, and the temples to diminish headaches. Address eye pain by pushing in the hollow on top of the eyebrows.
- Step 5: Steady the head with spread fingers and press your thumbs along the forehead, stroking from the center out. Be gentle but firm.
- TIP: Use aromas to relax the subject.
- Step 6: Probe to find the indentations behind ears and apply pressure for 5 seconds. Repeat 3 times.
- Step 7: Rub your finger pads in a circular motion, as if shampooing hair, covering the whole head several times. Run your fingers through hunks of hair.