During a full body massage, massage therapists focus most of the session on the larger muscle groups such as the back, shoulders and legs. Little, if any time is spent focusing on the face and scalp. The reason for this may be because the back, neck and shoulders tend to be the areas that are most affected when stressed. Most people don’t care much for the face and scalp. But little do they know that face massage and scalp massage also have really great benefits as well.
First off, a face massage is good for rejuvenating the skin. In our last article we spoke about the aesthetic benefits of face massage. The steady, rhythmic pressure in certain areas of the face leads the blood to fully infuse the skin tissue. Massage on the face increases blood flow, which can plump up slack skin. Plus, by rubbing in an upward motion, they are also helping to prevent wrinkles and sagging skin. Also, a face massage can increase the production of sweat which in turn helps sweat glands to excrete waste products through the skin. And lastly, massage therapy encourages lymphatic drainage which can benefit the face by pushing out toxins and letting in more nutrients leaving the skin nourished and glowing.
The scalp massage also gives other great benefits than just a relaxing sensation. A scalp massage can increase blood flow to the hair follicles, condition the scalp, and enhance the strength of the roots adding vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair. It also helps to reduce dry scalp and dandruff. A scalp massage can also be a good option for people battling with hair loss. Kneading during a scalp massage warms the skin and opens up the blood vessels, thereby increasing blood flow. The boost in blood flow contributes to hair growth and health by increasing nutrient intake.
So the next time you get a massage, don’t skip the face and scalp part of the massage. In fact, make sure you spend a sufficient amount of time on those areas to ensure you get the amazing skin benefits it brings about. If you come to Happy Head Massage, just let the front desk receptionist know that you’d like the therapist to massage your face and scalp as part of the session.