Hand Massage: Alleviate Hurts More Effectively
Our hands. When are we not using them? Perhaps when we sleep. We clean, scrub twist, grab. We type on computers, buckle child car seats.. The list goes on! We can use lotion to care for our skin, but what about muscle or joint strain? What about the pain of overuse? Hand massage may be what we've been unknowingly seeking, not only to relieve hand pains and aches, but also to help a long list of problems.
If you are new to massage, here's something you should know. It is not a great new cure, no, 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. So, how is this cure practiced? Well, there are a variety of methods, over 250 to be precise. Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue. Hand massage is done to restore function and alleviate pain in your hands. It is also done to relieve a plethora of symptoms such as headache, stuffy nose, stomach problems to name just a few.
The art of massage became popular in the US in the 1800's. It had a surge of popularity until the 1930's. When modern medicine came to the forefront, the art of massage therapy became discounted as "lesser than". Suddenly, it became popular again in the 1960's and 1970's when nurses began to use it to relieve pain in patients. It again gained credibility when, in the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta it was deemed a core medical service.
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 "frictio", as well as from the French word meaning friction or kneading", and the Arabic word "massa" 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.
by: Robert Sted