Incorporating Scalp Massage into Your Practice

Scalp Massage

There are many different ways to make your massage therapy practice successful, including everything from upgrading your massage table to offering advanced massage techniques. In today’s competitive market, anything you do to make yourself more marketable as a professional can help you to succeed.

One way in which to do this at a low cost and low time investment is to incorporate scalp massage into your repertoire of services.

What is Scalp Massage?

Massaging the scalp is much like massaging the body in order to stimulate nerves, blood vessels, and muscle tissue. Although there is certainly a lot less flesh to work with on the head, scalp massage has been an important part of holistic and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries, used to cure everything from stress and headaches to what were believed to be diseases caused by an imbalance of fluids in the head.

From a modern standpoint, scalp massage can be used as a complement to a full body massage or offered as a package on its own. Although you may not be able to cure diseases this way, scalp massage can allow you to decrease your clients’ stress and tension levels, and in some cases, may even promote hair growth and health. In many cases, a “scalp” massage actually includes the face, neck, and shoulders in addition to the actual head.

How to Learn Scalp Massage

Scalp massage is taught at some massage schools, but it isn’t likely to be a primary part of the curriculum. For that reason, you may need to take continuing education classes in scalp massage or look for a larger Ayurvedic program that incorporates some elements of scalp massage into the syllabus.

Although you don’t have to be formally trained in scalp massage in order to provide it (after all, many hairstylists include this during the hair washing portion of a hair cut), you do need the credentials if you plan on selling yourself as an Ayurvedic professional or if you intend to offer scalp massage as a sole package (as opposed to just adding it on top of an existing Swedish massage, for example).

Materials Needed for Scalp Massage

In most cases, scalp massages are best offered in a massage chair, which allows you to easily reach the head and shoulders while keeping the client comfortable. Massage tables won’t allow the same access to the neck and shoulders, and may prevent your client from getting the full tension-reducing benefits.

Other potential equipment includes scalp brushes, but try to avoid massage oil for this portion. Any oil or lotion you use will probably end up in the client’s hair, which can be both damaging and uncomfortable.


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