Hand Reflexology

 

Our Hands are the utmost importance when it comes to touching, sensing and communicating with others. Perhaps this is why they have such a powerful role in the healing process, whether they are providing a treatment – or indeed, receiving one.

Hand reflexology is a very simple yet effective therapy that most clients find pleasant and deeply relaxing. Although some consider it to be the poor relation of foot reflexology, hand reflexology is often more convenient and can be just as effective as its sister therapy.

The benefits

As with many complementary therapies, most clients report that their health has improved either specifically or generally from treatment, yet there is currently little scientific research available to either verify or refute the many benefits associated with hand reflexology. As well as improving circulation and well-being, the therapy is said to:

 

  • Benefit conditions that typically affect the hands and wrists, including arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome and RSI;
  • Aid for insomnia
  • Help with Anxiety
  • Aid recovery from hand injury;
  • Help maintain manual dexterity;
  • Rejuvenate overused or tired hands.

Many reflexologists have also found that hand reflexology is particularly useful if you have an injured foot, an infection – such as athlete’s foot – ticklish feet, or does not like their feet being touched, or is generally uncomfortable with touch. It is found that most people can cope with havingtheir hands touched as this is a common occurrence in everyday life.

Contraindications to treatment

 

The list below covers just some of the contraindications to a hand reflexology treatment, and medical advice should be sought where appropriate:

 

  • Unstable blood pressure;
  • Liver disorder;
  • Recent surgery;
  • Cuts or abrasions;
  • Fractures or sprains;
  • Diabetes;
  • Epilepsy;
  • Infections;
  • Skin allergy problems;
  • Under the influence of drugs/alcohol;
  • Medication by the doctor.

 

If you are pregnant, it is recommend that hand and foot reflexology should be avoided during the first trimester. If you have any heart problems, treatment should ideally commence on the hands – with GP approval – as treatment via the feet may be too strong. The hands are also a powerful aid in normalising palpitations.

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