AROMATHERAPY ADVICE ON WHAT OILS TO AVOID…

I have written a lot about aromatherapy oils used in an aromatherapy massage as I really think it helps relax your muscles and the pain of Fibromyalgia.

I personally use Lavender oil to mix with a hand cream as I find just rubbing my hands with it before I go to sleep very therapeutic but I did not appreciate how some oils are not suitable for certain conditions.

The infographic below from Pinterest shows you in detail which ones to avoid if you have certain medical conditions.

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HAND REFLEXOLOGY POINTS FOR LOWER BACK PAIN…

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 easily 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 don’t know what the problem is. This is a perfect antidote to a backache caused by sitting at a computer for too long.

A great site Reflexology Map that explains in detail how to start a hand massage.

YOU CAN FOLLOW THESE STEPS TO START YOUR HAND MASSAGE:

Step 1:  Sit in a comfortable chair in a quiet room.

Step 2:  Enter a state of relaxation using a bit of your favorite oil hands. Oils and creams are normally not used in professional reflexology sessions, but will not hurt to use them in an informal session.

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Step  3: Rub the cream on your hands for several minutes until completely absorbed. This will relax your hands and increase flexibility in preparation for applying reflexology. Be sure not to use a cream or oil greasy your hands are not slippery.

Step 4: Close your eyes and focus on any area of your body where you feel an uncomfortable pain. Sometimes you just feel as if some part of your body feels misaligned.

Step 5: Consult a hand reflexology map to identify the points of reflection in your hands that correspond to the parts of your body you want to work. For example, if you have pain in your left shoulder, you have to query the map and see that the points of reflection for your shoulder are located on the little finger of the left hand.

Step 6: Firmly press the reflex point. You can gradually increase the pressure to make sure you’re “activating” the reflex, but loose a little if you feel some pain.

Step 7: Hold the pressure for 30 seconds and release.

Step 8: Wait a few seconds and repeat. You can press either 30 seconds or you can press and release the point of a pulsed for 30 seconds.

Step 9: Use your thumb to apply light pressure technique pressure if you are uncomfortable. To do this, use a circular motion over the same point of reflection for about 5 seconds, then rotates in a circular in the opposite direction for 5 seconds. Repeated several times for each point of reflection.

Step 10: Reflexology applies to all areas in both hands, but lend him more attention on problem areas.

Step 11: When you’ve finished your reflexology session sit quietly for at least 10 minutes. If possible, lie down and rest well for half an hour.

Step 12: Drink several glasses of water after applying reflexology. Water will help to drain the toxins released from your organs and muscles during the session.

 

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HAND REFLEXOLOGY FOR HEALTH AND BACK PAIN…

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.

 

 

MASSAGE FOR PAIN RELIEF…

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With so many different types of massage to choose from, it makes it quite difficult to decide which one to try and which one you would benefit from the most.

Records dating back as far as 2,700BC show that ancient Eastern Chinese Cultures practised massage to heal a number of ailments. Egyptian tombs have also been discovered to have images of figures being massaged. It is also well known that Julius Caesar underwent daily massages to treat nerve pain.

Swedish Massage – this massage uses long smooth strokes, kneading, and circular movements in superficial layers of muscle using massage lotion or oil.

Aromatherapy Massage – this massage uses one or more scented oils which are selected to suit different types of ailments and for relaxation, energizing and stress.

Hot Stone Massage – this is done by using heated smooth stones that are placed on certain points on the body to warm and loosen tight muscles and balance energy levels in the body.

Shiatsu Massage – this is a type of Japanese bodywork that uses localised finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence on your acupuncture meridians. Each point is held for 2 – 8 seconds to improve the flow of energy and to help the body regain balance.

Thai Massage – this is similar to Shiatsu in that it aligns the energies of the body by using gentle pressure and stretches on specific points.

Reflexology Massage – this type of massage is done on the foot where pressure is put to certain points on the foot that correspond to organs and systems in your body.

Sports Massage –  is specifically designed for people who are involved in physical activity.

BLOGGING FOR PAIN…

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People blog for money, for fun or as a hobby, or for business, with many blogging for companionship and for writers, as a way for an audience of thousands, to read their work. Blogging is now becoming part of everyday life for some with blog awards popping up left right and centre. Some stories have even made the front page news and there are endless platforms where you can start a blog.

But I wonder how many have tried blogging for PAIN?

Well, I for one, started this back pain blog to help others who were suffering from chronic back pain like myself. At first I had just one to two readers a day but now have over 200 regular readers every day. I hope this means that I have helped some people with their pain or just given them a link to something that might be of use to them.

When I first started it I had no idea about the ‘social scene’ within the blogging community where I have amassed some amazing friendships with people from all over the world, not just in the UK.

My blogging friends have been there for me on my lowest of days and on my highest of days when I could celebrate with them something I had achieved or seen. To me the friendships I have gained here are quite different from any other friendships that I have.

The friendships are, I think, quite unconditional, in that they don’t question your illness as some friends do. I hear from many readers who say no-one believes how ill they feel ‘as they look so well’, whereas friends you develop within the blogging community get to know the real person and know without even needing to look at you that if you say you are going through a bad time, then you obviously are going through a bad time.

Being questioned about whether or how much pain you are in by someone who actually has no idea how much pain you are in, can be, and is very ‘degrading’. I know, I’ve been there, done it and worn the T-shirt (as the saying goes).

The love, and understanding that I have from here when I’m at my lowest has ‘always’ lifted my spirits. I do truly believe that ‘blogging’ should be introduced as a form of pain relief within the ‘Pain Management Programmes’ that are available to us all today.

I am also quite sure that there are a number of other aspects to everyone’s lives that have been helped in one way or another within the blog community, as I am sure many of my blogging friends would agree?