Stress is a major contributing factor in a variety of illnesses and even hair loss. With our fast-paced lifestyle, and other contributing factors, we all experience stress, but do very little to effectively counteract it. (Forget drinking,smoking, and sleeping pills which only add to the problem.)
One very effective way to alleviate stress is head and scalp massage.
Ayurvedic medicine has used this practice for over 4000 years in the
belief that it improves concentration and memory. Through modern
research,we now know that head and scalp massage alleviate stress by
releasing serotonin and endorphins in the brain. These “feel good”
chemicals reduce stress, create relaxation, and improve one’s mood. In
the salon, we add essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, neroli,
and ylang ylang to the scalp massage cream to further enhance stress
reduction. We can also add other specific essential oils to treat oily
scalp, dry scalp and hair, or dandruff.
In addition, scalp massage can improve circulation and reduce muscle
tension. Muscle pain and stiffness in the neck and shoulders, often the
result of too many hours staring at the computer screen or even sleeping
in the wrong position, can be relieved by scalp massage. Recent
research has shown that the frequency,intensity, and duration of tension
headaches can be reduced by scalp massage; and further investigation is
being done to see if regular scalp massage may prevent them. Research
has also shown that scalp massage before bedtime can lead to deeper,
more restorative sleep and may even benefit those with insomnia.
In the salon, we offer scalp massage not only for stress relief but
also as part of a multi-therapeutic approach to reduce hair loss and
promote healthy regrowth. Increased circulation from the massage brings
more oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the follicles. Because the skin
is warmed by the massage, blood vessels are opened, allowing the
follicles to better absorb these nutrients. The result is stronger,
healthier hair with a wider diameter (thicker) and more lustrous,
If you feel that you would benefit from a scalp massage (and who wouldn’t), give us a call today.