Tension Headaches

Let’s talk about tension headaches, ouch! I’m sure at some point, we have all experienced a tension headache. It’s that dull achy pain on the forehead, temples or even the base of the neck. It could feel like a clamp around your head with trouble sleeping and mild sensitivity to sound and light. They can last anywhere from 30 min to a few days.  Tension headaches can be triggered by stress, or tightened muscles around the head, neck, and shoulders. We are sitting down more as a species than we ever have before in our existence.  Our bodies haven’t adapted to the skull and neck facing downwards at a phone screen or hunched over a desk browsing Amazon or [insert website of choice], and it gets painful.

This muscle tension can come from:

  • bad posture
  • stress
  • depression
  • lack of sleep
  • low iron levels

Examples of Pressure Points used to provide relief of headaches and tension

 

Squeeze in between thumb and index finger.

Squeeze in between thumb and index finger.

The top of the forearm can provide relief.

The top of the forearm can provide relief.

Term of the month is Effleurage

Effleurage is a type of massage stroke, that involves a circular type of movement using the palms of the hand. It is a french term for “to skim” or “to touch lightly”. This type of massage stoke is usually applied before deep tissue work because it warms up the muscles.

Essential Oil of the month is Ylang Ylang 

Ylang Ylang is used to support healthy skin and hair. Derived from it’s star shaped flower, ylang ylang provides a feeling a comfort. Try diffusing with sandalwood for an exotic smell.