We use and abuse them every day! Our hands, we clean and scrub, we pick things up, open close doors and typing on our computers! We open cans and jars, put shoes on, buckle children’s car seats, turn knobs, dials, the list goes on. While most of us rub lotion on our hands this only takes care of the skin. Sure this helps after we wash dishes and counters, but it doesn’t take care of muscles or joints. Guess what does? A good hand massage does. Even when we rub lotion on our hands, we enjoy the feeling of the rubbing motion. Let me tell you first about the art of massage, then about hand massage. I know you’ll be interested to learn more, I certainly was.
Have you ever had a massage? Do you think this is something new? No, it is not a new medical breakthrough, this art has been practiced throughout the world. Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and even Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. A hand massage will enhance function and promote relaxation and well-being and can help with a host of issues ranging from headache to stomach problems.
In the early 1800’s, massage therapy became very popular and this increased until the 1930’s and 40’s. As modern medicine developed, the benefits of massage therapy were discounted. It was used less and less. In the 1960’s and 1970’s nurses began to use it to alleviate pain in patients. Again, its popularity grew until finally in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta massage was deemed a core medical service, which gave it great credibility. It’s good enough for the Olympics, how about you?
When studying different languages, one can’t deny how exciting it is to discover that many cultures have the same word and customs of massage. The word comes from the Latin word “friction”, as well as from the French word meaning “friction or kneading”, and the Arabic word “massage” meaning to touch, feel or handle.
The hand, just like the feet, have specific pressure points that affect different parts of the body. Your local masseuse will be able to show you a map of the hands and tell you the pressure points and what’s affected by each specific one. Both the palm and back of the hand, as well as the finger tips have different pressure points. Different techniques also affect different parts. Each pressure point is numbered and targets each specific area. For example, point #31 when rubbed will help with a weak bladder, whereas point #22 when twisted will relieve constipation. Rubbing the side of the middle finger tip will relieve fatigue. Pressing and rubbing point #30 will relieve dizziness. Whatever ails you, a hand massage may cure it. Try it at your local spa
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