You don’t have to hire a professional masseuse to make the pain in your head go away. Headache relief through massage is only a matter of performing the easy steps outlined below.
Before the massage
Drink a glass of water to keep yourself hydrated during the massage. Use warm water and mild soap to wash your hands, and a clean towel to dry them. Lie down on a reclining chair, sofa, or bed to be comfortable. Make sure the lights are dim, because bright lights can aggravate a headache.
Start with your nose
Use your two thumbs to pinch the part of your nose closest to your forehead for 10 seconds. Be careful not to hurt yourself, though. Repeat this three to five times. Afterwards, slowly rotate the pads of your thumbs towards your forehead, and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat as necessary.
Move towards your eyebrows
Starting with the part closest to your nose, pinch the skin underneath your eyebrows with your index finger and thumb. Hold for a few seconds, then release. Repeat the procedure, while slowly moving towards the other end of your eyebrows.
Don’t forget your neck muscles
Slowly tilt your head to one side, upright, then to the other side. Then, move your chin downward, up, and back. Every time you fix your head at a certain position to stretch your neck muscles, hold for 10 seconds before moving on.
Massage your neck and the areas near your ears
Put all your fingers on both sides of your neck, then massage the areas you stretched earlier. Slowly move the fingertips towards your ears while applying pressure. Do this for 10 seconds. Remove your fingers, put them in front of your ears, and press towards your temples.
Massage your temples
Clench your hands into fists. Use your fists to put pressure on both sides of your temple for 10 seconds. Afterwards, slowly move your fists in a circular motion.
Massage the rest of your head
Place your palms on both sides of your head. Move your fingertips in a circular motion over your scalp for 25 to 30 seconds, or until you cover your head. Repeat until pain is lessened, or gone altogether.
Once you’re done with the massage, drink water again. This is to keep you from feeling lethargic, and to avoid your muscles from getting sore. Congratulations! You are now your own head masseuse.
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