Who Doesn’t Love Hand Massage?

By Crystal Houston and Ross Ashcraft

Our hands take a lot of abuse. We use them for everything.  Massage therapist use them for almost every technique, and we are the worst taking the time to give back to them. There are countless ways that we can massage and pamper our most prized possessions.

One of the most common problems we face is muscle fatigue. Wikipedia defines muscle fatigue as the decline in ability of a muscle to generate force. It can be the result of vigorous exercise or over-use.

Another common problem is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). Dictionary.com defines CTS as a condition characterized by pain and tingling in the fingers, caused by pressure on a nerve as it passes under the ligament situated across the front of the wrist.  Each of these problems can be addressed with the gentle application of consistent hand massage.

Here is a way to give a good hand massage, so grab a friend and follow along:

Technique:

1.)  Start with the person’s dominant hand, since that hand probably worked harder during the day. Start by taking the hand gently into yours. You may use a bit of massage oil or moisturizing cream if you want a little more pliability with the skin.

2.)  Rub the top of their hand gently, covering all areas.

3.)  Turn the hand over and begin working the palm. Gently loosen it by placing your thumbs into the palm with your other fingers on the other side of the hand.

4.)  Gently press around all around the palm, and the thumb.

5.)  Shake the hand slightly to check its state of relaxation.

6.)  With circular motions start at the base of each finger and work your hand down the palm all the way to the wrist. Do this on the entire palm.

7.)  Use your thumb and fingers to massage with gentle circles from the base of the thumb to its tip.  Then start at the top of the thumb and begin rubbing back down with small circular movements.

8.)  Continue circular movements between the thumb and the index finger.

9.)  Now rub the webbing between each finger.

10.)  Turn the hand over and rub each knuckle

11.)  Gently stretch the each finger and squeeze each tip in turn.

12.)  Gently Stretch the whole hand as shown

13.)  Gently sandwich the hand between your fingers and slowly glide down to the finger tips and disconnect.

14.)  Repeat to the other hand.

Challenge:

Please tell us your favorite hand massage technique!!!

References:

www.tipsformassage.com

www.centerpointmn.com

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscle_fatigue

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/carpal+tunnel+syndrome

13 thoughts on “Who Doesn’t Love Hand Massage?”

  1. I am constantly being told that I give amazing hand massages. For my hand massage, I do the basic techniques listed here, and I add a few elements of hand reflexology. I have also found that working the wrist also enhances the hand massage.

  2. I love a good hand massage, but my favorite part is when some one focuses on the Thenars. The loarge muscles in the hand don’t get enough attention.

  3. Rubbing the muscles in between the fingers. I have rheumatiod arthritis and there is nothing better then having a good hand massage. It helps to reduce a lot of swelling and pain.

  4. I LOVE getting my hands massaged!! My favorite is the stretching the palm, and massaging my fingers. It all feels great!

  5. Usually when my hands hurt, massage or any pressure of some sort causes them to hurt more. Most my pain is always in the wrist due to arthritis which only bothers me when playing the piano or doing yoga. My hands tend to cramp up in the position they are always in when drawing blood on patients so massage has definitly reduced the tension since starting reflexology.

  6. I enjoy giving hand massage because it’s simple, but the benefits are amazing. My favorite technique is the hand stretch, it’s not my favorite to do (I’m still working on it) but it’s my favorite to receive. My favorite technique to do on some one else is rubbing the knuckles. 🙂

  7. MMmmm Hand massages, I love them! My favorite has got to be the stretching of the palm, and definitely the finger twist. It is also the one that most clients like, when I am giving them hand massages. Great post, very informative! 😀

  8. I love a good hand massage! I’m really glad you brought taking care of our hands to our attention, because we really do need to keep this babies healthy! I will definitely be taking time to pamper them!

  9. I used a regular sized marble to massage and trigger point some sore spots on my own hand. It worked very well!

  10. I think I need to start taking better care of my hands. I have multiple boxers fractures and this blog gave me some good ideas to help with that. Thank you!

  11. I love hand massage because I am constantly working with my hands so its always a good feel when you are finally done working you get your hands worked on.

  12. what massage therapist doesn’t love a good hand massage! Thanks for the tips, I definitely need to start spending more time on peoples hands.

  13. I love hand massage and massage my own hands when I can feel the tension setting in. Thanks for the great ideas!