Treat Your Hands to their Own Special Spa Moment

By Laura Gordon

Do your hands ever get really tired after a day at the computer key board or some other repetitive activity? I know after a day giving massages to others if I do something special for my hands afterwards they get a real boost. Not only that, they feel a lot better, too!
So here’s what you can do:
Give yourself about a minute or two to massage a favorite hand cream or lotion into your hands.
Now, stoke the back of one hand with the thumb of the other hand, be sure to use firmly pressure, but not deep pressure, work between the metacarpals as you stoke toward the wrist release the pressure and glide back gently.
Second, press into the palm with your thumb while your fingers are holding the back of the hand. Cover the entire palm surface; include the wrist with this technique. Pay particular attention to massaging the base of the thumb.
Third, squeeze and twist each finger from base to tip pulling gently as you move toward the tip. At the tip press the finger pad. Lastly, hold the tip and stretch each finger into full extension, slowly bring each finger into a flexion and release.
Repeat the same procedure on the other hand.
End by squeezing the hands one at a time then shaking them out.
Aaah, much beter…

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