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5 Benefits of Scalp Massage

DIY scalp massage

While you might prefer someone else to do the kneading, giving yourself a scalp massage is pretty easy; it's really nothing more than rubbing your head with your hands and applying pressure to different points with your fingertips. The best part? You don't need to make a spa appointment to treat yourself to the benefits of massage.

Begin with your fingertips and gently rub all over your head (don't forget your face), then slowly turn those movements into larger, wider circles. Knead the muscles in the back of your neck with your hands, and press firmly with your fingertips and thumbs to release tension along the spine and hairline. To relax your shoulders and arms, massage each side with the opposite hand. For example, begin massaging your left shoulder with your right hand, and continue rubbing down your left arm. Repeat on the right side with your left hand.