How Massage Can Help Tension Headaches and Migraines

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Woman receiving a massage for headaches - Matrix Massage & Spa

Intense headaches that can occur on one side of the head or both sides can be very debilitating. When you have tension headaches and migraines, they can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. The throbbing and pulsating pain of a migraine or the mild to moderate pain that feels like a tight band around the head which is more common with tension headaches can be relieved by massage therapy techniques for headache.

Tension Headache Massage Therapy

Research shows that massage can be an effective therapy to relieve tension headaches, especially when emotional or mental stress are contributing factors. Stress can cause a tightening of the muscles in the scalp, face, neck, and jaw. Maybe your tension headache is being caused by the anxiety of missing a deadline at work, family situations that have caused sleep problems or even being depressed. Life challenges can cause physical reactions like jaw clenching, eyestrain, and muscle tension that can prompt a tension headache.
A tension headache massage has been found to reduce the intensity and the duration of tension headaches by reducing emotional symptoms such as depression or anxiety. If you’re wondering where to massage for a headache that is most likely a tension headache – the perfect spots for treating tension headaches with massage therapy are:

  • Muscles of the neck located at the back of the skull
  • The side of the head and behind the ears
  • The temples and the forehead

Migraine Relief Massage

Massage therapy can be used as an all-natural, alternative treatment to manage the pain of migraine headaches. It has been found that the relaxation of the muscles and the reduction of stress that comes with a plan of regularly scheduled migraine massage can be very helpful. There are many migraine massage techniques that can be used to reduce the pain associated with migraines. You may have to try a few different options to find which type of head massage for headache treatment is right for your situation.

  • Active Massage – using either Deep Tissue Massage or a Swedish Massage for maximum relaxation of body muscles
  • Cold Stones – the coolness can reduce pain and promote healing of injured tissue
  • Shiatsu Massage – Japanese massage technique that uses acupressure to reduce headache pain

Massage uses the principle of “touch” and “pressure” therapy in multiple ways to rub, press, knead, stroke and tap the muscles of the body. These methods have always demonstrated the ability to relieve physical tension and emotional stress, while also improving blood circulation throughout the body. When a migraine headache occurs, it is only natural that the person will become tense and emotional. There is a direct relationship between this muscle tension and the prolonged experience of migraine headache pain.

Your massage therapist will help you to relax which means your blood vessels relax and send more oxygen-rich blood throughout your body. The entire process is natural and can be used in addition to other therapies or treatments prescribed by a medical doctor.

Contact Matrix Massage & Spa for Tension Headaches and Migraines

Visit us at Matrix Massage & Spa in Downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. Our trained and experienced massage therapists work to release stress in your life and can help you find the right massage therapy to help tension headaches and migraines.

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Massage Therapy FAQ’s

The law always requires that you be appropriately covered with sheets or towels to keep you comfortable and warm. If you start feeling uncomfortable or exposed, speak up. Your therapist will respect your wishes and work with you to make the massage session a comfortable one.
No, only undress as much as you are comfortable with. Some people prefer undressing completely, while others prefer to keep undergarments on. You'll have privacy in your massage room to undress before the session and redress afterwards.
It depends on your massage therapy goals. Some people get a monthly massage to manage stress or to prevent health problems. Others opt for weekly sessions if they need relief from injuries and chronic tension.
Licensing and certification mean that the massage therapist can legally practice massage in your city or state. To get this license, they must have performed several hours of training at an accredited school, past the extensive licensure exam, and have paid any relevant licensing fees.
Every insurance plan works a little differently, so your best bet is to contact your insurer directly. Some plans do cover alternative therapies including chiropractic and massage. You will likely need a doctor's prescription first. If you don't have health insurance, or if it doesn't cover massage therapy, you can find massage therapy coupons and discounts on our site.
How much depends on how pleased you are with the service and how much the massage costs (the full price, not any discounted fees). One easy trick is to think about how you would tip a waiter after a similarly priced restaurant meal. This is often 15-20% or more if you received exceptional service.
Let your massage therapist know before the session if there are areas on your body that you don't want to be touched. They will have the training and experience to give you a therapeutic massage while working around ticklish or sensitive places like your feet or abdomen.
Yes, absolutely. You should always speak up if something is uncomfortable. Secondly, keep the lines of communication open during deep tissue massage or sports injury massages. Your therapist needs the feedback to work on you properly and without aggravating an injury. On the other hand, if you are looking for relaxation, it's often best not to talk unless necessary. This lets your mind as well as your body release tension. With the right mindful breathing technique, you may even achieve a stress relieving meditative state during the massage.
Most likely, unless your doctor says otherwise. Prenatal massage can reduce and relieve common pregnancy issues like lower and upper back pain, sciatic nerve irritation, swelling, tension headaches, heartburn and constipation, and more. Let your massage therapist know that you're pregnant so they can use the right techniques during the session.

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Christina R.
Christina R.
20:34 03 Jul 22
Able to get appointments quickly, wonderful massages and the whole hydrotherapy downstairs was amazing
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Julieta Hernandez
Julieta Hernandez
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I want to say thank my Matrix Team family is running the business and thank you to all our customers that trust our services !!
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Kamerra H
15:48 23 May 22
My mom and I did the mother and daughter package and overall it was a really awesome experience! The place was under construction but they were able to accommodate our needs, the only downside is I never even knew our massage therapists names and I am kinda bummed about not being able to utilize the hot tub or sauna but I guess that means I’ll just have to come back another time! (:
Viktoriya Semeykina
Viktoriya Semeykina
03:08 30 Apr 22
I had the best deep tissue massage of my life there, Richard is the best therapist! I highly recommend him for sore muscles and back problems.
masterartist04
masterartist04
00:14 29 Apr 22
I love this place, I recommend this place to everyone
S Havens
S Havens
20:58 24 Apr 22
Excellent massage for myself and my husband. It was my first massage and it was a pleasant experience
Mandy Britt
Mandy Britt
03:15 02 Apr 22
Richard gave an amazing massage!
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Tilomai Pea
01:10 24 Mar 22
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Richard S.
14:55 14 Feb 22
Here at Matrix massage, Rachel was extremely skilled and attentive to my lower back issues. Fantastic massage, just the right pressure and incredible...
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Emma Slikker
14:22 01 Feb 22
I have been here 3 times now and have done packages and massages. Always a good experience.
Dolores Medina
Dolores Medina
19:38 12 Dec 21
A delicious sanctuary. I felt the worries of the week being worked out of my body. Richard was my “ Sensei” masseuse educating me on muscle connections and guidance on how to release tension. This is now my spiritual hideaway once a month.
Laura
Laura
05:56 18 Nov 21
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Janet Cook
Janet Cook
16:52 09 Nov 21
A little pricey, but always a great job. Definitely worth it.
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04:38 12 Oct 21
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Mouse kowitts
03:40 04 Oct 21
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John S
John S
00:29 06 Sep 21
Had a massage with Donna the other day. I learned a lot, mainly that I should do it mote often. Donna took me on an excellent journey to the land of Awesomesauce.
Seth Walsh
Seth Walsh
23:48 03 Sep 21
I just had the best massage I've ever had from Rachel K. She really helped fix a lot of the abuse I've done to my body through a heavily active lifestyle. Thank you!!
Donna May L.
Donna May L.
14:40 03 Sep 21
Amazing therapists. I love their hydro circuit. sauna has helped my pain in so many ways. If you're going to come here and get a massage definitely book a...
Bryant T
Bryant T
19:49 29 Aug 21
Kelly C.
Kelly C.
15:58 07 Aug 21
My first time visiting Matrix and I somehow booked the wrong service, but I'm not even mad about it! (I booked Thai massage online but when I got there,...
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Jesus Moreno
02:33 01 Aug 21
Mike Black
Mike Black
01:31 26 Jul 21
Excellent care and customer service. Donna May and Rachel were awesome! Highly recommend.
Emma vB
Emma vB
16:51 08 Jul 21
Had my first massage here yesterday and was super impressed overall. I booked in with Donna, she did a great job and really worked into my problem areas. She was professional and friendly. Have already booked in for a follow up session.
Sara Stevenson
Sara Stevenson
16:02 21 Jun 21
My husband and I have been going here for 7 years now. We have never once been disappointed. They have an amazing environment, fantastic prices and every therapist we have had has been stellar. 10/10 recommend every time! We had a massage yesterday with Donna May and Rachel K. They both were phenomenal and very professional. We love it here!!!
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Livia gooden
00:07 15 Jun 21
Richard is the Bomb.com...and I will be back for their great massage and service!
Whitney Stratton
Whitney Stratton
18:14 08 May 21
Ashley Berger
Ashley Berger
17:10 04 May 21
This was my first visit to Matrix. And I can't wait to go back! I've already scheduled my next massage.The pricing is excellent. You totally okay for their quality and expertise, without paying any markups I've seen at other places. What I received was worth every penny and more.Atmosphere is amazing. I felt welcomed and at ease. It was peaceful and serene. Everything was so nice and clean, and the Covid distancing was easy and encouraged. I got a couple's massage with my partner. The room was nice and big, and the tables were wider than I'm used to at other places.Both therapists were very professional. They listened to my wants and needs. Their instructions were simple and given in a friendly, adult manner. All the things I asked for were given in spades. This is the first time in my whole life a therapist actually respected my wish for soft pressure on my lower back and hips. I can't believe it still. All my covered areas were respected. Rolling over was easy and done with privacy.It feels GREAT. Best massage ever, no doubts. I left feeling so much more relaxed and loose than when I came in. I used to get 3-5 massages a year. But then Covid happened, so I haven't had a massage in over a year. The tightness and knots were no joke. But my therapist worked them out and loosened me up like it was nothing. Like I said, my request for different pressures in different places was honored.I couldn't have had a better experience, there's just no way. Five stars? 100 stars!
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Rebecca Weber
02:28 04 May 21
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Manuel Medrano
20:04 21 Apr 21
Great hands😍👌👌👌
Jake Darger
Jake Darger
01:37 11 Apr 21
Me and my girl got a ruby couples package and it was fantastic just what I needed.
Emily Poff
Emily Poff
17:24 28 Mar 21
I had the best massage ever from Richard. I have chronically tight muscles and he helped me so much. Highly recommend!!
Susie Greer
Susie Greer
01:55 16 Mar 21
Got the best massage I've had in a long time from Richard. He was really good at making me breath into the tight spots which allowed them to release. He was really knowledgeable and had my posture looking better than it has in ages! Highly recommend! Will be back next time I'm in town!
Vanessa Crump
Vanessa Crump
09:05 07 Mar 21
Donna May was amazing. I've had a ton of massage and I've never had something so good at such a good value in the US. If I lived in Salt Lake City, I'd go back to see her specifically.
Jennie Williams
Jennie Williams
23:50 03 Mar 21
myndee Hanberg
myndee Hanberg
01:53 21 Feb 21
My hubby and I came in for a couples massage but due to a mishap with the room we had to be separated. Other than that we really enjoyed the massages. I had Rachel and she was great. Very informative, friendly, and respectful. It was very clean and a calming atmosphere. Overall 5 stars.
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Cezaryna Dzawala
16:45 20 Feb 21
Jacqui was very professional and knowledgeable.I felt like a newborn afterwards and I will definitely be back!
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Brynn P.
11:09 13 Aug 18
This spa was amazing! A group of us went there this past Friday for a Bachelorette Party! This is the only spa in SLC that has any packages or deals for a...
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