Psychological stress causes physiological stress, negatively affecting the liver, adrenals, kidney, digestion and much more. Checking your stress receptors daily will reveal areas of itching or tension, which are signals of deeper stress. This massage is a terrific way to listen to your healthy instincts and nip stress in the bud, before it gets deeply embedded in your body. “Stress receptors” are like neurological fuses in the skin that correspond to specific internal organs, muscles and body functions. Briskly massage the head’s stress receptors to help reset the healthy control networks of stressed areas throughout your entire body.
Here’s how to do it:
- Relax, breathing deep and slow through your nose. Briskly massage back and forth over as large of an area of stress receptor points as your fingers and hands can cover, for about three breaths, in and out.
- Working the fingers and hands vigorously back and forth, massage along several vertical (front-back) lines at once, for about three breaths, in and out.
- Similarly massage back and forth along the horizontal (left-right) lines.
- Next massage over the circles, working your fingers and hands in rapid circular motions.
- Perform this entire procedure whenever it is convenient. Even at seemingly low-stress times, stress receptors may need massaging nearly every day.
- Listen to your body as you massage. Certain parts of your scalp will call for attention, like an itch that needs scratching. Spend more time on those areas.
- A time-saving alternative is to massage your face and scalp while applying shampoo or conditioner in the shower – and you won’t mess up your hair!
Stress Receptors: Back of Head Massage from the back of the head along these lines.
Stress Receptors: Top of Head Massage toward the front of the head along these lines.
Stress Receptors: Side of Face Massage down toward the jaw, then horizontally to the sides.
Stress Receptors: Side of Head Massage horizontally, vertically and in small circles.