The earliest evidence of Reflexology comes from China, circa 2700 BCE.
Most people know ‘reflexology’ as something that is done to your feet but hand reflexology is definitely another technique that is becoming just as popular.
Hand reflexology certainly provides some benefits compared to foot reflexology. The obvious example is that our hands are far more easy accessible compared to our feet, which makes hand reflexology the most usable self-help tool for both adults and children.
Hand and foot reflexology has actually been used as part of medical care since as far back as the ancient Egyptian and classic Chinese times. The basic assumption used by the reflexologist is that each organ, gland and part of the body is reflected in both the hands and the feet. Stimulation of the so-called ‘reflex points’ promotes relaxation, improves circulation and encourages the body to heal itself. This explains why hand reflexologists sometimes use the axiom: “Health is at your fingertips!”
Hand reflexology is also brilliant as a relief from the new stresses technology has placed on our hands.
For lower back pain press the point where the centre of your hand joins your wrist and stimulate it. Always take medical advice if you dont know what the problem is. This is a perfect antidote to backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.
The reflex is stimulated by direct pressure to the particular point. On the palm and wrist there are some 45 reflex points, and on the back of the hand 28 reflex points, that represent a particular organ, region, or function of the body. Combinations of reflex points are used in Reflex therapies.
Since hand reflexology is performed by applying pressure from fingers and thumbs on reflex points on the hands, the practice can provide an easy, cost-effective and safe way to treat ailments.
While reflexology hand mapping feels best (and may be more effective) when done by someone else, it is possible to work on oneself.
There are a number of online sites that show you how to apply hand reflexology from WikiHow to AOR Hand Reflexology Explorer where you can move the cursor to view the hand reflexology points and what they correspond to.
Try having a go on yourself by pinching the finger tips and thumb of your right hand. The pressure applied to each finger should be firm, but make sure it is not painful. A few seconds for each single finger tip will be sufficient. Now do the same with the other hand. Check with your GP first if you are on medication.