Hands up for hand reflexology!
Happy new year! I hope you enjoyed the festive season and are feeling ready for the year ahead. The new year has started in earnest in my little reflexology world, with a noticeable increase in bookings as people really seem to want well-being to be their big focus in 2017.
As part of my ongoing mission to promote the benefits of reflexology to Falmouth, later this month I’ll be providing hand reflexology treatments in aid of the brilliant mental health charity Mind (*see below for more details). If you’ve had a foot reflexology treatment with me I might have shown you a couple of hand reflexology techniques to take away and use in between sessions. It’s a lovely, yet little known, therapy, so for this month’s blog I thought I’d highlight its benefits.
Hand reflexology works in the same way as foot reflexology, where massage and light pressure techniques are applied to soothe and stimulate reflex points that correspond to the rest of your body. In the same way as foot reflexology, hand reflexology supports your physical and mental well-being by reducing tension and helping your body restore its balance naturally. Although I’ll admit I was sceptical about the concept when I was doing my reflexology training, once I tried it out I was blown away by how lovely and soothing hand reflexology felt, and by how nimble my hands and fingers felt afterwards.
Hand reflexology can be used as a whole treatment instead of a working on the feet if a client prefers it (often due to ticklish feet!) or if there is a reason the feet can’t be treated (e.g. an injury or infection). It can also be useful to add a bit of hand reflexology into a normal foot treatment to boost the effectiveness of the session. For example if the spine reflex points on the feet feel out of balance, the spine reflex points on the hands can be worked too.
Hand reflexology is also a lovely treatment in it’s own right and is deeply soothing and relaxing. In a hand reflexology session I tend to work with my client sitting opposite me and it can be an especially enjoyable treatment for, as an example, isolated or lonely older people who benefit from the positive impact of being listened to, whilst experiencing respectful physical contact.
Traditional reflexology boosts the circulation to your feet and legs, can help you recover from foot injuries and soothes tired feet – and hand reflexology is no different. Our hands are constantly being used (feeling, touching, writing, texting) and they get tired just like our tootsies. Hand reflexology rejuvenates tired hands, helps maintain manual dexterity, and boosts circulation to your hands, wrists and arms. It may also help improve conditions that affect the hands and wrists, such as arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI, and may aid recovery from hand injuries.
Finally, the great thing about hand reflexology is that you can easily do a bit of DIY in between foot reflexology treatments. A stress reduction technique I often show clients is this…Press your thumb into the centre of your palm (this is the reflex for your solar plexus whose purpose is to restore calm) and rotate your thumb on this spot for 30 seconds. As you’re doing this breathe in and out, slowly and deeply, and then repeat on the other hand. It’s a great technique to try in the middle of a busy day and can easily be done at your desk or while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil!
*If you fancy giving hand reflexology a try I'll be at hairtoday, Falmouth’s only organic hair salon, on Saturday 21st January. I’ll be providing 15 minute hand reflexology taster treatments for a suggested donation of £5 for Mind. Mind provides advice and support, nationwide and here in Cornwall, to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Pop in on the day or to guarantee your treatment you can pre-book by contacting me directly – call 07495 977447 or email email@example.com.
Hope to see you there!
As a reflexologist, I've seen first hand how powerful the simple act of touch can be. The importance of this innate human connection can’t be underestimated; it's vital to our physical, mental and emotional wellbeing.
Cold hands, warm heart? That's all well and good but now the temperature has dropped we just want warm mitts and feet! Reflexology is brilliant for the circulation and at the end of a treatment, feet and toes are warm and even in colour.
I'm now officially trained in Mindful Reflexology, thanks to the brilliant Sally Earlam from the Association of Reflexologists. This additional reflexology training consolidates my background in mental well-being and stress management.