TCM at Home: The Copper Scalp and Meridian Massager

The backbone of TCM is lifestyle—it is truly the seemingly small practices incorporated consistently that create a culture of self-care. Informed by ancient wisdom that cultivates vibrant health through restoring energetic balance, strengthening regulatory mechanisms, promoting circulation, and enhancing the flow of Qi (among other principles), these lifestyle practices accumulate into powerful preventive medicine. Over the past couple of years, we’ve slowly and mindfully expanded our offerings to bring more TCM wisdom directly into your homes, with the empowering remembrance of just how much agency we hold in our own hands. The brand new copper scalp and meridian massager is a versatile tool with a long list of benefits that are both felt in the moment and experienced in the long term. 


There is a rich tradition of massage in Chinese culture, with scalp massage dating back to ancient times as a way of nurturing overall vibrant health. This has to do with the acupressure points on the scalp, which connect to organ systems through the meridian channels that course through the entire body. By stimulating these points, we can release Qi blockages that not only enhance the health of the scalp and hair, but actually promote the smooth and abundant flow of life force energy throughout the body. As the saying goes, “where Qi flows, Blood follows.” The application of gentle pressure in scalp massage is a great way of promoting the circulation of Blood, which not only nourishes hair follicles, but also the brain! This “extraordinary” organ depends on small Blood vessels in the scalp to distribute nutrients, thus supporting memory, the remediation of brain fog, and even headache relief. 


Currently understood as one of the body’s most important regulatory mechanisms, the nervous system also benefits from scalp massage. By improving the flow of Blood to the head and brain, nerve cells receive more oxygen and nutrients, which supports their optimal function. Scalp massage additionally promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which can positively affect the autonomic nervous system by lowering sympathetic nervous system activity (responsible for the “fight or flight” response) and enhancing parasympathetic activity (responsible for the “rest and digest” response). Furthermore, TCM principles suggest that scalp massage helps to release physical and emotional tension stored in the scalp and neck area. This can help alleviate symptoms like tension headaches and migraines, which are often linked to nervous system dysregulation. Of course, the release of endorphins through scalp massage and balanced Qi flow can also support a healthy stress response. 


The material chosen for the massage tool is intentional, enhancing the therapeutic benefits available through this nourishing practice. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and energy, enhancing the transfer and flow of Qi and promoting energetic balance. It is also believed to have inflammation-taming and pain-relieving properties, which complement the massage to aid in the release of muscle soreness, stiffness, and inflammation. Additionally, the antimicrobial properties of copper help maintain a clean and hygienic scalp environment. However, this tool is not limited to use on the scalp, but can support body massage for lymphatic drainage and loosening fascia, too! When using the massager on the neck and body, apply a thin layer of oil to reduce friction and enhance glide. Pull it out when you’re reading in bed, lounging on the beach, sipping your morning coffee, sweating in the sauna, or soaking in a bath to give your body an extra loving boost.