How to give an amazing head massage

Many massage modalities tend to neglect the body from the neck up, but a simple head massage works wonders to relieve stress and tension. Give your massage clients a little more love with these easy tips.


A relaxing head massage can be added to many salon treatments so it is a good idea to learn the technique.
A relaxing head massage can be added to many salon treatments so it is a good idea to master the technique.


Warm it up

Kick start the relaxation process by placing a warm towel around your client’s head before you begin. This will get them primed for the amazing massage you’re about to deliver and make things seem a bit more luxe. You could even pop a bit of scented oil on the towel for an added aromatherapy boost.

Slowly does it

Starting at the back of the head, use firm, circular strokes to work your way to the front hairline, not forgetting the crown. The strokes should be slow and transition easily into the next area – jerky movements will jolt your clients out of the relaxed state you’re working hard to put them in!

Next, start at the base of the skull and make strong circles with your fingertips and thumbs of both hands, working your way out towards the back of the ears.

Know your strength

It sounds obvious, but the amount of pressure you exert makes a big difference to your clients’ satisfaction levels, particularly during a head massage. Make sure you communicate with them to ensure you’re not pressing too hard (which could result in a throbbing headache) but hard enough for them to enjoy the session.

Don’t neglect the neck

The back of the neck works hard to support the head, so don’t forget to give it some attention. Start with gentle Swedish strokes that begin at the ear and apply pressure down the neck and over the shoulders. You can also turn your client’s head to the side and use your fingertips to apply long, firm strokes or your thumb to knead in small circles.

Help for headaches

If your client has a nasty headache, hone in on the forehead, the point between the eyebrows, and the temples. Use your index finger on these areas and make small, light circular motions for about a minute at a time to help rub the pain away.

Try a chair

If you’re including a head massage as part of a full body treatment, it makes sense for the client to lie down on a massage table. However, if you have lots of clients coming in for head-only massages it could be worth investing in a massage chair. This gives you easier access to the neck and shoulders, which is important for a truly relaxing rub.


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