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Hand Reflexology - An Art of Healing

Apr 6, 2008
Reflexology is a technique that most people associate with applying pressure to various points on the feet. These points correspond to zones throughout the body. The same technique can be applied to the hands very effectively. Hand and foot reflexology has been in use since the times of ancient Egypt.

Today's world reaps even more benefits from hand reflexology than they did in ancient times. Some of the things that we do on a daily basis cause our hands to be used extensively, such as hand held electronics, computers and game consoles. Because our hands are overworked hand reflexology is very beneficial, it relaxes both the hands and the entire body.

Hand reflexology interrupts the patterns of stress in the body. Reflexology stimulates pressure sensors in the hands and feet that relax corresponding body parts. The relaxation spreads to the nervous system and through the entire body. This allows the body to de-stress enough that healing can begin. Studies have shown that reflexology has beneficial effects on the heart and similar effects on the brain to meditation.

Many people are not as aware of hand reflexology as they are with foot reflexology, but both processes work in similar ways. Because hands are more accessible and we are used to working with hands, they are also easier for many people to work with.

Anyone can learn the art of hand reflexology. It is a simple process of interrupting the developed stress patterns by combining movement, pressure, and stretches. As you are practicing hand reflexology, make sure to not overwork your hands-- if you feel any pain or discomfort after a reflexology treatment you should wait a few days to allow your hands to rest.

It is possible to learn hand reflexology techniques and apply them on yourself. These techniques are ideal for those times when you feel stressed or need to calm down for a few moments. First, find a reliable source of information and then take some time to study and learn the exercises. There are many resources available that provide charts to show which parts of your hands correspond with the zones in your body, and they also provide step-by-step treatments that can be used for various ailments.

It is even possible to apply pressure by using massage tools. You can roll wooden tools between your hands to effectively stimulate pressure points. Kevin Kunz, a reflexologist from the United Kingdom, says his favorite reflexology tool for the hands is a gold ball. "Grasp the hands together, holding a golf ball between the hands, and then roll the ball throughout the palm below the thumb," he advises.

Reflexology can be helpful in aiding the body's own healing, it can be an effective method of touch therapy as it interrupts the stress patterns and relaxes the body. Touch makes a person feel cared for, it creates and intimate sensory connection that all humans need.

There is skepticism about reflexology out these, but those people don't need to believe in it to receive benefit from the treatment. Our overall health can be improved as we stop for a few minutes and practice hand reflexology to relax the patterns of stress that plague us on a daily basis.
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