Stress is a prevalent component in today's fast-paced world which can negatively impact an individual's health and well-being. Massage therapy has been shown to significantly reduce stress on physical and psychological levels.
Few experiences rival a full-body massage for relaxation and stress relief. But we as a whole are looking to massage for much more than just relaxation. Massage therapy can be effective in helping relieve pain for a variety of conditions, including arthritis, sciatica, lower back injury, insomnia, headaches, anxiety, circulatory problems and many many more.
When you can't get to a massage therapist, you can still reap many of the benefits of this age-old healing practice -- with your own hands. Below is a quick self-massage technique to help you incorporate some of the best soothing strokes and pressure-point applications into your daily routine.
Try them on yourself -- or someone you love -- throughout the day to boost your energy, increase concentration and decrease some stress and small aches and pains. You can also use them at night to relax and get a good night's sleep. You'll find the benefits of massage therapy for stress relief are only the beginning. To learn more, contact your RMT(registered massage therapist) and book an appointment today. Nothing beats a full body relaxation massage!
Massage Therapy to Relax the Hands
Here are several moves that will relieve the strain from pounding the keyboard all day.
* Stretch your hands and fingers out. Rub each finger from the base to the tip, gently pulling and twisting each finger as you go.
* Next, rest your left hand, palm upward, on your lap. Squeeze the fleshy part of your palm between your right thumb and index finger, moving from your wrist to the base of your thumb.
* Now squeeze that web between your left index finger and thumb several times, looking for any tender points.
* Then rub the entire palm with your right thumb, applying firm pressure and using gliding strokes from the wrist to the base of each finger.
Massaging the hands is not only great for the hands but can help to relieve headaches as well. The hands, like the feet, contain reflexology points that correspond to the entire body, including the head, neck, eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and sinuses.