It’s All In Your Head

We are so close to the finish line, but with the end in sight, covid-related tension is at an all-time high. I can recall at least six separate articles published in the past week in which psychologists were interviewed by national publications to confirm our suspicion that everyone in the nation is hitting a “pandemic wall” this month.

My suspicion of this is doubly confirmed by the fact that suddenly nearly all my guests are coming in complaining that their face hurts, or that they always have a low-key tension headache. This is happening for a couple of reasons: work from home desks are not known for their healthy ergonomics and our posture is suffering for it, and our face and neck muscles are shouldering the brunt of both psychological and new, mask-related physical tension.

Mask wearing is not only psychologically stressful but also very unnatural for all the muscles of your face and head to manage, even after a year of having to deal with wearing masks in public. I find myself opening my mouth really wide to move my mask down out of my eyes a bit when having to look down, others have said they find their jaw jutting forward, or they’re breathing through their mouth, clenching their jaw super hard for no reason, the list goes on and on.

There are 42 muscles in our face alone, and every single one of them is doing something it is not used to doing. Mask acrobatics along with nighttime teeth grinding is creating a vice grip of tension around our heads, and I would love if instead of giving the whole world a Coke I could give everyone an hour-long Indian Head Massage.

As tension is allowed to build in the small muscles of the face and neck, all sorts of downstream, seemingly unrelated problems like low back pain and sciatica will start to rear their ugly heads. Don’t let covid steal another moment of your solace – book an extra half hour on your next appointment to give your massage therapist or esthetician time to wring out these small knots in your head, neck, and shoulders before they become bigger issues

– Colleen, Sacred Hour Massage Therapist + Head Staff Writer