Many naturals have been using scalp massages to increase the blood circulation to the hair follicles, rejuvenate the roots and condition the scalp. The hair follicle is the only “alive” part of our hair and made up of hyperactive stem cells. Massaging dilates small arteries within your scalp that increase the blood flow to the follicles — which delivers oxygen and nutrients and promotes hair growth. This means thicker and stronger hair over time.
After a terrible trim that turned into an uneven hair cut, I sought out other techniques that would maximize my hair growth. There I learned about the amazing hidden secret that has been used in Ayurveda medicine for thousands of years, called Marma massage. Using this technique I was able to grow 2 inches of hair in three months.
So, what is a Marma Massage?
According to the Ayurveda system of healing, there are 108 vital points on the body called marma points. 31 marma points are in the head coinciding with cranial sutures called simantas, they are the cross over points where nerves, arteries, veins and cranial bones, and muscles intersect-also known as marma pressure points.
“At the sites of these marma points on the head are up to 13 emissary veins that help drain, cool and relieve pressure from inside your skull. These veins are bi-drectional, which means they can either take waste of of the brain into the veins of the scalp, back into vascular circulation, or they can potentially transport nutrients or dangerous toxins and infection from outside the skull into the brain.” -Article
With benefits do you receive from a marma massage?
All the benefits of regular massage
Relieve from stress and anxiety which can also cause hair fall
Regenerate tissue and strengthen the organ system
Reduces blood pressure and heart rate
Promotes better sleep
Helps remove toxins from the body
Stimulates hair growth especially in cases of male and female pattern baldness
A vital part of the marma massage includes adding an ayurvedic herbal oil to help promote hair growth. The combination of massaging these points along with the herbs stimulate the greatest hair growth.
How is it done?
Always begin by using the pads of your fingers. You will use a circle motion tracing the marma pressure points on the scalp. A Scalp or Shampoo brush my also be used to use massage the hair.
Everyday without oils
While oil is very important in marma massage, some find that oiling that scalp every day will weigh down the hair. However, studies have indicated that massaging your scalp every day for a good 5 minutes without using any oils also proves to be beneficial when it comes to hair growth. Use your fingers and apply pressure in circular motions—make sure you cover your entire scalp when you do this.
Massage while Shampooing
Massage your hair for a few minutes after wetting it just before you apply shampoo. Ensure you’re covering the whole of your scalp when you do this. Starting from the middle of your scalp, work the oil in slow, circular motions slowly moving backwards. Keep applying and releasing pressure until you cover the whole of your scalp. Do this at least once a week.
Remember that we often tend to ignore the scalp when it comes to blood circulation, so, if you wish to promote hair growth, frequent massages are the best natural way to practice! A study in the January 2016 issue of ePlasty shows that just four minutes of scalp massage a day increases activity among genes known to promote hair growth, and dials down the activity of genes linked to hair loss and inflammation. What’s more, study participants also noted an improvement in hair thickness. “Gentle massaging of the scalp can increase blood flow to the hair follicle, the root of the hair, which is the only living part of the hair,” says Abraham Armani, MD. “Massaging works by dilating the very small arteries within the scalp, increasing blood flow to the hair follicle and therefore prolonging the growth cycle of hair.”