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Amazing Health Benefits of Therapeutic Hair Pulling

Updated on November 18, 2017
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Therapeutic Hair Pulling

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Therapeutic Hair Pulling Benefits

Even though therapeutic hair pulling is virtually unknown, it is very powerful, with amazing health benefits. This does not require any training so anyone can do it. So your child can do it on you and you can do it on your child. Maybe it is not well known since it is free if you get a friend to do it.

This article was written July 4, 2014. Writers need to write when they feel the inspiration. Before I tell about how I learned about this, here is some of the science behind this. First here is a word to learn. Wikipedia says about fascia:

A fascia is a layer of fibrous tissue. A fascia is a structure of connective tissue that surrounds muscles, groups of muscles, blood vessels, and nerves, binding some structures together, while permitting others to slide smoothly over each other.

Like ligaments, aponeuroses, and tendons, fasciae are dense regular connective tissues, containing closely packed bundles of collagen fibers oriented in a wavy pattern parallel to the direction of pull.

This is so unknown that if you do a search for it now, you will find nothing or very little information. Here is a webpage called Therapeutic Hair Pulling. It says:

I recommend this to clients who have tension headaches and migraines.

The skull and muscles on head are covered by a layer of what is called fascia. The fascia is a layer that surrounds muscles, bones, organs and nerves and helps support and protect the body. The fascia can be soft and pliable or hard and dense, when it’s the latter this can compress on the nerves causing discomfort and also affect the muscles below.

So it is implying that hair pulling makes it more soft and pliable. This will stop the compression on the nerves that creates discomfort. In fact, you can say that therapeutic hair pulling stretches the fascia. This reminds me of yoga. I have been doing yoga since age 12. This has taught me that the muscles and other parts, like tissues, have been designed to be stretched everyday to operate at peak performance. See Why Yoga Has Become So Popular for more on this.

This article on Tension Headaches (Who's at Risk and What to Do) says:

Nearly 200 million Americans are affected by tension headaches, the most common type of headache in adults. Women are slightly more likely than men to experience them. Many patients diagnosed with tension headaches actually have migraine. Migraine is three times as prevalent in women compared to men.

Therapeutic hair pulling is excellent for circulation in the scalp which will greatly benefit the hair preventing hair loss and promoting healthier and more beautiful looking hair. This will also help circulation in the brain also but I cannot guarantee you that it will increase your intelligence by 200%.

Here is how I learned about it. I had a girlfriend that graduated 2nd in her class in high school. She was first in her class for most of the time in high school. But at the end, she relaxed since she felt that she had nothing to worry about and the person that was second worked very hard to graduate number one in her class.

She also got a Master's degree in international finance from Wellesley College that some consider to be the best women's college in the country. Wikipedia says about it, "Although its traditional affiliation has been with Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the college now also offers research collaborations and cross-registration programs with other Boston-area institutions, including Babson College, Olin College, and Brandeis University." In 2011, The Best 376 Colleges named Wellesley’s faculty number one in the country.

She would have me do it on her since it helped her immensely. Note that in the videos below the people doing it, do it the way that they think it is the best regardless of her the recipient feels. I was taught to do it the way that the person that got it liked it the most.

It relieved her stress and tension and this may be the number one cause of physical and mental health problems in the U.S. Now with this article, you can use it to help you. I feel that it may work better on women than men. By grabbing the hair close to the scalp the tension is put on the scalp instead of the hair.

I would do it for a much longer time than the people in the videos did it, referring to holding the pull on a group of hair. But they may be limited in time since they have other techniques of mas-sage to do. Of course there is no international law of how to do hair pulling. So have it done for the length of time that feels best to you. You are free to experiment and you may come up with the best way to do it ever known to man.

This is Like Yoga for the Head

The story does not end with my girlfriend. I have been doing yoga since age 12 and am an herbalist so I am not a stranger to healing. After several years of doing it, we went our separate ways that was also influenced by her professional choices. So that was the end of it for a while. I had forgotten all about it until recently. I was doing volunteer work at a food bank that gives away free food to people with low incomes.

There was a girl about 12 years old working there with her mother and grandfather. I am friends with the 3 of them. This girl was feeling tired, bored and cranky. Now I guess that I thought of this since she took a band off of her hair to let her hair relax. So I told that I can show her a way that will help her feel better and make her hair healthier.

So I told her to let me know if I was pulling too hard. So I started doing it and she relaxed into it and closed her eyes. She acted like she was getting a vacation from all the stress and aggravation of the world. I did it for about 10 minutes and she enjoyed it. She felt much better afterwards. I few people did ask what I was doing including her mother who was walking by. Her grandfather did not ask about it, since he was there the whole time and saw the calming affect it had on his granddaughter.

Later I realized that she had signs of producing the hormone known as oxytocin. I have an article called the Health Benefits of Hugging that tells all about this hormone. See that article for links to good articles about oxytocin. So I looked this up to see if there is any science behind what I saw.

I found an article confirming what I saw by PubMed that is part of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It is called Mas-sage Increases Oxytocin. Note that I use a hyphen since that word is associated with other things that makes it not good for the internet. This article says that oxytocin reduces morbidity and mortality meaning less disease and a longer life due to a later death.

So that means that besides what it listed above a person gets all the benefits of oxytocin. Also different things create different amounts of it and it looks like this creates a lot of it. Here is an article called 10 Reasons Why Oxytocin is the Most Amazing Molecule in the World. It says that this hormone is easy to get, a love potion, it helps a mom to be mom, reduces social fears, healing and pain relief, helps people to lose excess weight, an antidepressant, stress relief, increases generosity and is what makes us human.

Of course stress relief means a stronger immune system and countless other benefits. Going back to the beginning, it reduces the discomfort from the nerves in the scalp being compressed and that alone is worth doing this. The videos below are just to help you find what works best for you.

Hair Pulling - Anytime, Anywhere DVD

Hair Pulling Technique

Hair Pulling

Hairpulling techniques

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      4 years ago from USA

      I found this hub very interesting about hair pulling never heard of this but sounds like a winner, voted up /plus 75143a lyns

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