The most common type of headache is a tension headache. The dull achy pain is caused by tightness of the muscles around the head and neck which makes it difficult to perform regular daily activities. Massage therapy is an effective way to treat headaches by helping to release the constricted muscles. There is a group of four muscles called the sub-occipitals found at the base of the skull. These short muscles are related to vision and posture and they are frequently the cause of tension headaches. Interestingly, the sub-occipitals are directly connected to the tissue layer that surrounds the brain. There are specific massage therapy techniques to decrease sub-occipital muscle group strain, as a result dissipating headache pressure. Fresh air and exercise are also good ways to treat tension headaches. Managing stress with outdoor activities!