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Hands Massage Therapy – How to Give Great Hand Massages

January 17, 2017
Massage Therapy

Hands Massage Therapy is a simple but highly beneficial practice that you can give to others or to yourself. This article looks at the benefits of hands massage therapy and how you can give great hand massages.

Apart from the face, a person’s hands are one of the first things noticed by others. This is why many people can become quite vain about their hands appearance. Have you ever noticed how a person can look very youthful in the face but their hands show their true age? But if people took the same care of their hands as they did with their face, their hands could also maintain that youthful and healthy look.

Hands massage therapy apart from being highly pleasurable will go a long way to maintaining the health of your hands. But first here are some day to day general hand care practices you should make a habit of.

General Hand Care

  • Wash them thoroughly daily.
  • Use a natural scrubber such as a sisal brush. This not only exfoliates but also stimulates the skin to regenerate cells and draws blood to the surface to nourish the skin.
  • Nail care, cut and file nails regularly and clean under the nails whenever necessary.
  • Apply a hand care cream or hand care lotion at least once per day. I use Sorbelene which is one of the cheapest creams available but also one of the best and highly recommended by podiatrists. Don’t get fooled by marketing nonsense to buy unnecessary expensive hand care creams.
  • Yes you guys need to do these things too. Even in secret if need be, but for the sake of your hands health, don’t neglect your hand care because “real men don’t do that”.


Benefits of Hands Massage Therapy

    • Very simple to do and highly beneficial.
    • Great way to demonstrate care for others.
    • Can do for yourself virtually anytime and anywhere.
    • Helps keep joints mobile.
    • Increases circulation in the hands.
    • Tones the hand muscles.
    • Helps rejuvenate the skin.
    • How to Give Great Hand Massages
    • Start by placing about a half teaspoon of vegetable oil or other massage oil into the palm of the receivers hand and using light strokes, spread it out to cover the skin of the whole hand.
    • With the palm facing up, support the hand with your fingers underneath and use both your thumbs starting from the midline and working their way out, away from each other.
    • Hold the receivers hand with one of yours and with your other hand take each finger in turn and move it left and right, up and down, and in a circular motion, around its range of motion.
    • Next do the same with the thumb taking note that it has a greater range of movement.
    • While doing the fingers and thumb, use your thumb and finger tips to ‘grip’ the finger applying pressure for a moment, then releasing and repeating while moving down the finger at 1cm intervals. This is to promote circulation; you are basically encouraging movement of fluids. You are not actually massaging muscle; nearly all the hand muscles are located in the arms. The hand is predominantly made up of bone, tendons, fat, nerve and blood vessels.
    • Next, turn the hand over and you can feel the 4 long metacarpal bones under the skin. Using both your hands to grasp adjacent metacarpals, lift them up and down independent of each other. Do this will all the metacarpals.

  • Then, using gentle strokes massage the oil into the back of the hand and knuckles. This is a very bony area so this if predominantly for the benefit of the skin. Remember that the skin over this area is often exposed to sunlight and therefore ‘ages’ faster than many other parts of your body. Regular massages with quality oil will help keep the back of the hand youthful.

When giving a ‘self’ hand massage treatment, you are obviously restricted with what you can do. However, having practiced the above on others, you can easily modify each step and apply it to yourself. For more information visit https://www.davetaylortraining.co.uk/.

Hands massage therapy is intensely pleasurable for the receiver and if giving to yourself, it is a simple habit to form that is exceptionally beneficial to both the health and the appearance of your hands. Use the steps outlined above to give great hand massages to yourself or someone you care about.

Deep Tissue Massage, An Overview of Its Application and Purpose

January 17, 2017
Deep Tissue Massage

Deep tissue is a broadly used term for the utilization of deep pressure during massage-usually employing a range of modalities or types of massage (relative to those practiced by the therapist) with the goal of accessing muscle groups beneath the superficial layers. This process lengthens and stretches soft tissue fibers, relieves fatigue from overuse or injury, disperses muscle adhesions (the binding of fascia with collagen, also known as ‘knots’), increases joint flexibility and provides the client with a more thorough sense of relief. While the goal of deeper work is not relaxation per se, as one might imagine with Swedish or lighter touch modalities, the end results can be profoundly calming.

Muscle adhesions

When muscles are strained by overexertion or injury, the body reacts by sending collagen to the swollen muscle fibers and/or micro-tears in the tissue. This natural form of bandaging is an attempt to repair the area by adding strength. Think of it as a cast for the muscle. This can be a very good thing in the short term; especially when injuries are involved and the fibers are torn. Overtime however, these interwoven, hardened bands continue to expand, become uncomfortably ‘knotty’ and begin to affect the range of motion and general mobility. Using deep pressure to the affected area along with heat therapies can help dissolve the casting that was once beneficial but is now creating its own set of issues.

Lengthening and Flexibility

Muscles groups in the body are layered, overlapping one another, crossing over joints and attaching to bones in an intricate framework enabling all the wonderful movements of the human body. Muscle enlarges with use, increasing in strength and tone. As the belly of the muscle expands and the tendons that attach themselves to their respective bone become stronger (another collagen structure), range of motion in the joints they serve is decreased. With the expanding center of the muscle, the ends or attachments naturally shorten causing a decrease in flexibility. Deep tissue massage is similar to stretching before exercise, encouraging elasticity along the length of the muscle so that strength and mobility remain in balance. As examples, yoga practitioners can be incredibly flexible, but often lack strength. On the contrary, body builders can be very strong, but their rock hard muscles are often locked into a limited range of movement. Swimmers and dancers require both agility and strength and their bodies develop accordingly.

Detoxification

As with most massage, applying pressure and movement along muscles ‘flushes’ the tissue, removing waste into our bodies’ removal system, primarily through blood and lymphatic circulation. Behind the movement of waste come fresh nutrients. Working deeply brings this process to more cells below the surface while pushing toxins out to the liver for filtration or the kidneys and sweat glands for elimination. This is why rehydration after any significant movement, exercise or massage is so important.

Cellular Regeneration

The cells in our bodies are dying and being replaced with new ones constantly. Some tissue does this more rapidly than others. For instance, eye tissue repairs itself quite quickly, while nerve cells can take years to regenerate. Science has shown that movement (both exercise and passive manipulation such as massage) raises the rate with which cells are replaced. This includes displacement of damaged tissue, thereby increasing the rate of healing. There are some exceptions such as deep bruises or cancerous cells for which massage is contraindicated.

The Amount of Pressure

No two bodies are exactly alike. The comfort level of the client should dictate the amount of pressure needed in a given area of the body. When pain erupts, the sympathetic nervous system is triggered as a natural form of protection, stress levels increase and the body puts up defenses similar to the primal fright or flight response. This negates one’s intentions of healing. Years of adhesion build-up, lack of exercise, drug use, diet and age are all factors in one’s ability to receive deep work. A deep tissue practitioner, although often intuitive through experience, should ask for feedback from his or her client, look for visual cues in the body and adjust pressure accordingly. Years of neglect will rarely be erased in a few sessions and regularity, as with exercise and diet, are the key to good health maintenance.