Why do we need to turn to a hand massage every time in a while? Our hands are one of the most aborted parts of our bodies when we work. Whether you're a typist, a clerk, an assembly line worker, or an executive, it's inevitable for your hands not to take a beating day in and day out at work. Even the simple task of driving puts a big strain on our hands.
There are some simple techniques that you can do to ease the tension building up in your hand muscles and tendons. Sure, you can stop for a moment and give yourself a hand massage, but since you're working with one hand to relieve the stress on another, it's not as effective as being hand-massed by a professional.
A hand massage would only take a few minutes of your time and would mean a lot, especially when your work involves repeated hand movements. To give someone else a soothing hand massage, first use good quality oil or lotion.
Next, gently spread the oil or lotion on the other person's hand with light strokes. On the backside of the hand, use your thumbs and start from the center. Use outward strokes and move the thumbs from the center, outwards. Next, massage the tendons on the backside of the hand by pushing up in the direction of the wrist. Follow this with a rubbing of the wrist grooves.
Each of the fingers are then given gentle squeezes and are vigorously rotated by their joints to loosen the stiffness staying in the tendons. This will also provide flexibility and ease any soreness.
The next part of the hand massage is pulling the fingers to release any tension building up in them. Often, a hand massage professional will even wait for the popping sounds which means a release of gases that build up in the joints and make hand movements difficult.
You can do tiny circular motions on the palm of the hand and finish off by holding the person's wrist with one hand while sliding your other hand up and down his forearm. Do this several times.
A hand massage works three ways: First, it improves the circulation. By doing so, we can perform better with our hands, especially if our work entitles meticulous hand movements such as playing the piano or painting.
Next, it enhances the flexibility of the wrist and the digits. A hand massage eliminates the stiffness in the fingers, and the gentle pulling of fingers helps make them more dexterous.