We’ve all heard of people saying they’re so stressed they want to pull their hair out. Well this self massage tip will tap into that urge, however you hair will stay intact and you will actually reduce your stress. I recommend this to clients who have tension headaches and migraines, and will often have them do it between massage sessions.
First the logic and anatomy behind my suggestion. The skull and muscles on head are covered by a layer of what is called fascia. The fascia is a layer that surrounds muscles, bones, organs and nerves and helps support and protect the body. The fascia can be soft and pliable or hard and dense, when it’s the latter this can compress on the nerves causing discomfort and also affect the muscles below.
Start by grabbing a handful of hair, too small a handful will make this technique painful so get a good size handful. Start by gently pulling the hair away from your head. You want to pull just enough to feel some soreness or a burning sensation but not so much that your are tensing up somewhere else as a result! Take deep breaths and when the soreness decreases move on to another section of hair, continuing until all the hair has been pulled. When this can be done comfortably you can grab the hair and turn it in a clockwise direction while gently pulling it away from the skull. The final step is to do it counterclockwise.