General hand massage
One of the most important healing techniques is touch and most health treatments begin here. Massage techniques along specific neuro-pathways in the body and on the individual nodes or points that lie along them, can be very beneficial. Pain and muscular tightness often reflect internal disturbances via the pathway and its connection in Oriental medicine to a particular organ system.
Although performed since ancient times, hand acupressure as a microsystem of treating the whole body has only fairly recently become popular for the treatment of health conditions.
The system is based upon the idea that, like many other parts of the body, the hand contains the same basic information as the body as a whole. It is, in essence, the body in miniature and will reflect any imbalances that exists there. This means that if you know where the corresponding area is, you can treat your body directly via your hand.
The following massage covers many of the main treatment areas of the hand and can be very beneficial, both locally to your hand and in general for your body.
Palm of your hands
Press with your thumb at the centre of your wrist at the base of your palm.Then move your thumb forward while pressing and rotating up to the fingertip of your little finger. At the tip gently pull your finger to stretch it. Repeat with the other four digits.
Back of your hands
Press with your thumb at the centre of your wrist at the back of your hand. Then move your thumb forward while pressing and rotating up over the base of your little finger and to the fingertip. The repeat with the other four digits.