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USE YOUR HANDS TO HEAL WITH HAND REFLEXOLOGY…

Hand reflexology is a great way to treat yourself to help relieve some pain. There are four basic reflexology techniques you need to learn. These actions are creeping, rotating, spinal friction and achieving the right pressure when carrying out hand reflexology. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away.

The Daily Mail has a great article on the techniques you use for hand reflexology. Just check the article here. The techniques are easy to pick up and you can start to heal yourself straight away. Always start on the right hand first and complete the entire sequence before treating the left hand. This, according to practitioners, helps trigger the energy called ‘chi’ in the correct direction.

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 do not 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.

A great book with images is Press Here! Hand Reflexology for Beginners: A Practice for Promoting Self-Care by Stefanie Sabounchian  available on Amazon which says has colourful illustrations and clear instructions show simple but powerful techniques to add to your daily routine.

Practicing hand reflexology on yourself can help you achieve your goal of natural, holistic healthcare without the expensive weekly treatments. Hand reflexology, unlike the more common foot reflexology, is easy to incorporate into your wellness routine because it can be used anywhere—from riding the bus or listening to a lecture in class to enjoying a party. 

This fun, easy, and accessible introduction to self-care through hand reflexology teaches the fundamental principles of reflexology and guides you through the reflex map of the hands, where every part of our body has a corresponding reflex point. Follow the illustrations and simple instructions to quickly learn techniques to use daily for overall good health and a balanced body and mind. In addition, guided techniques help you learn how to use reflexology for specific health issues, organized by ailments.



The Press Here! series offers contemporary takes on traditional hands-on healing practices for a new generation of practitioners. These introductory guides feature easy-to-access organization, clear instructions, and beautiful illustrations of each technique. Other Press Here! topics include massage, reiki, and acupressure.

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.

Always remember to check with your GP first if you are on medication.

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4 HEALTH APPS WORTH HAVING ON YOUR SCREENS…

With so many health apps to choose from nowadays its difficult to know which one is the best.

Here are my top 4…

1.Manage My Pain – It allows you to feel more in control of your pain, you can describe your pain, track it against activities and spot patterns and trends. You can lot your pain when you take different medication to see how well its working which is a great way to try something new.

2. Headspace – A very popular app which gives guided session starting from three minutes long. It also includes lots of breath-guided exercises and CBT work to challenge unhelpful thought processes.

3. Sleepio – This provides instant access CBT for poor sleep or insomnia over a six week programme. It is automated, personalised and delivered digitally and allows people to access support whenever and wherever they wish to use it. It is backed by the highest quality evidence with 12 randomised controlled trials, and has been trusted by the NHS for over seven years to treat insomnia in more than 100,000 patients !!!

4. Patient Access – It has more than 3000 information leaflets, all written by GP’s in patient.info website offers comprehensive advice on a vast range of symptoms, conditions and medicines. About 60% of people in England and Scotland can use the app to link to their GP and order repeat medication, book appointments, view or securely download your medical records, find NHS self-referral resources and more. An app that should definitely be on your iphone or ipad.