"Stress makes headaches worse and can even make you develop a headache in the first place. Learning how to relax can help you keep headaches under control.
Research suggests that massage can reduce the frequency of headaches.
In a study, people with a history of migraines who had a 45-minute weekly massage had fewer headaches than those who didn’t receive massages.
It’s thought that massage works by relaxing tight muscles that can trigger headaches, and also by reducing sensations of pain and stress."
(above taken from NHS website http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/headaches/Pages/Relaxandcureyourheadaches.aspx
When a client asks me for a massage to be totally relaxing (rather than concentrating on any specific areas of tension) I opt for a light to medium pressure to give a full or part body massage. A technique called effleurage (circular stroking movements with the palm) is used a lot throughout the massage, to promote relaxation. The movements I make are intentionally slow to help calm the body and mind. Head and face massage can be given which a lot of people find very relaxing and are surprised by how nice a cheek massage , or stroking of the forehead can feel.
For my workplace massage clients, I offer Indian Head massage which includes back, neck, shoulders and head. This is a reduced amount of time at 20 minutes but enough time to help the person to relax .
If you think you'd benefit from a massage to help you relax and concentrate on yourself for a moment, please do get in touch to discuss booking a treatment or to ask any questions firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are suffering from a headache or migraine on the date of the massage, unfortunately it can't go ahead as it will likely feel uncomfortable for you and perhaps make you feel worse. But regular massages when not suffering from a headache may help to reduce your stress levels and hopefully the frequency of your headaches.