Banish Stress Headaches

Ahhh, the tension headache. We instinctively bring our fingertips to our temples in an effort to ease away the pain. And it works, if only for a minute. For longer-lasting relief we found this simple and effective massage that goes beyond the temples.

Place the index and middle fingers of both hands in the middle of your forehead. Rub your forehead by making v-shapes out from the center.

Now raise your scalp and forehead by lifting your brows slightly with your fingertips. Hold that position while you massage your forehead in short, upward strokes towards your hairline. Release. Alternate v-shapes and stroking six times.

Move your fingers across your brow to your temples, pausing there to give your temples a gentle massage. This is an area where we hold stress and tension that can often lead to headaches.

Then move your fingers to the corners of your eyes and massage gently.

Move your fingers down to the hinge of your jaw muscles. Then move your fingers along your jawline, massaging firmly.

Move your fingers down to your collarbone. Then, turning your head to the right, massage both side of your neck with firm upward strokes. Turn your head to the left and repeat the massage on the left side of your neck.

Adapted from The Yoga Facelift by Marie-Veronique Nadeau (Conari Press, 2007).


Winn Adams
Winn A5 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 5 years ago

A good post. Thanks.

Sue Matheson
Sue Matheson6 years ago


Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

thank you

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C7 years ago


Janice P.
Janice P7 years ago

When I went to my hairdresser last week, I had the worst tension headache that I have had for a while. While he was shampooing my hair, he massaged my scalp, but paid particular attention to the nape of my neck and the areas just between my the tops of my ears, and my temples. Just like magic, that TERRIBLE headache was gone within 3 or 4 minutes. He told me it is all about causing the muscles in the scull to relax, which affects blood flow and causes cessation of the headache. That man has magic fingers.

On the way home, I stopped at the store, and I bought a massager. The next time I got a tension headache, I tried using it on the same ares he had concentrated on during my shampoo. Although the results were not as quick or dramatic, it did work, and my headache lightened up considerably. (It also helped a lot to use it on my shoulders. I think all of those muscles work together in concert to create headaches.)

Nikola Paganini
John Lost7 years ago

It helped! Really helped! Thank you

Sakura l.
Yu L8 years ago

stress is just like junk

Tekla Drakfrende
Tekla Drakfrende8 years ago

thank you!