Friday, 2 March 2012

Thumb and Finger Massage

Thumb and finger massage

     The thumb and finger massage is a quick way to restore feeling and dexterity in your hands – a massage so benign it can even ease the pain of arthritic joints.

     I showed this massage to one of my students who enjoys playing the guitar. At the time, she was able to play just 15 minutes before the pain from her arthritis became so bad she had to stop. Once she learned how to do this massage on herself, she was able to play the guitar for 45 minutes or more.
     This massage is actually quite simple –

     FIRST – gently place your right hand around the thumb of your left hand. Massage slowly upward from the base of the thumb to its tip. Do this 4 or 5 times SLOWLY.

     Just as GENTLY, grasp,  then slide,  your right hand upward along  the same thumb upward from base to tip 4 or 5 times.  Pull as if you were pulling off a tight glove.

     NEXT – move on to the index finger and repeat…massage from base to tip 4 or 5 times, then slide your right hand upward 4 or 5 times as though you were removing a tight glove.

    FINALLY – treat the other fingers to the same massage then massage the thumb and fingers of the right hand in the same way.

    So what, if anything, will you experience? In about a minute and a half, you’ll feel a tingling sensation in your hands followed by a feeling of overall warmth due to an increase in blood flow. Aside from feeling totally revived, your hands will also regain their dexterity.

     The following is a very brief  list of some of the people I’ve shown this massage to: folks who work long hours at a computer keyboard; machine operators; material handlers; people who sort and pack at their work stations…even golfers who want some added finesse in their putting skills.

    It’s so easy you can do it while waiting for a traffic light to change – or while riding home on the subway – or during a break at school or at work …..or while on a break following  some intense gaming!

    Let me know how it goes. I always like to hear from you.




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