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Five Benefits of Scalp Massage

Five Benefits of Scalp Massage

Woman gets scalp massage on table

Why try scalp massage? Your scalp is full of nerves close to the surface of the skin. Massaging the scalp relaxes the nervous system by stimulating these nerve endings – and a light touch is sufficient.  In other words, you don’t need a full deep tissue massage to get the benefit.

Now let’s talk about some of the important benefits of scalp massage.

Reduces Muscle Tension

Anyone who’s ever had a hair stylist massage their scalp knows that it’s remarkably relaxing to have the nerves on the skin’s surface stimulated with gentle pressure. Research shows that scalp massage can lower blood pressure, reduce levels of stress hormones, and slow heart rate. That’s why scalp massage is an important part of the Zeel sleep massage.

Promotes Hair Growth

One Japanese study found that scalp massage can encourage hair growth. The researchers posit that the increased hair thickness after 24 weeks of regular scalp massage may be the result of increased blood flow to the scalp, as well as direct stimulation of mechanical force to dermal papillae, a highly active group of cells at the base of the hair follicle that help promote hair growth.

Natural Remedy for Migraines and Headaches

If you’re hoping to alleviate a pesky tension headache or migraine, massage is a great choice. Research shows that  scalp massage can help reduce the frequency of chronic headaches, as well as other benefits like mood boosts (through increases in serotonin, the “happy hormone.”

Helps Balance the Nervous System

Acupressure massage of the head has been proven to relax physical stress and achieve balance in the nervous system.


So convenient, in fact, that you can even practice it yourself! You or a partner can enjoy all these benefits with a scalp massage as short as 15 minutes, and it can be done almost anywhere.

Check out the video below for an expert primer on giving a great scalp massage. In just a few minutes, you’ll be on your way to soothing and relaxing yourself or a loved one.

Darren Buford

Reviewed by Darren Buford. Darren is Editor in Chief of Massage & Bodywork magazine and host of The ABMP Podcast. Meet our Editorial Review Board.

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