Reflexology of the Hands

See how the hands can be influenced to heal the rest of your body through reflexology.

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The Hands

Reflexology is commonly associated with the feet, while the possibilities of the hands are often overlooked. This is completely unjustified since hand reflexology is just as effective as foot reflexology. The hands, both on the palm and the back of the hand, serve physical as well as mental aspects. For physical symptoms, especially pain and functional complaints, hand reflexology can be quite effective. Hand massages are also an excellent self-treatment modality for enhancing well-being.

In addition to the physical aspects of hand reflexology there is also a psychospiritual dimension to this form of massage, as we may use the mudras (hand and finger positions that guide energy for overall health) to improve thinking. Sometimes certain signs that appear on the hands can be a warning that one’s lifestyle is due to undergo some changes. These signs include red spots or an eczema that stays despite all kinds of treatments. The meaning behind these signs lies in our basic psychospiritual settings, where these are early warnings of a need to change one’s attitude toward life or risk the physical consequences.

The hands need special “handling.” For physical issues a series of reflexology massages are appropriate. Such a series of treatments promotes pain relief and stimulates an increased excretion of metabolic wastes. Examples are improvements of pain in the shoulder, an activation of the digestion, or better blood-pressure regulation. Medical professionals may apply acupuncture needles in the appropriate zones on the dorsal side of the hands; from this kind of treatment we can expect good effects on the movement apparatus and the metabolism.

In the mental or spiritual field visualizations like the balloon visualization described in part 4 can be used in conjunction with reflexology massage of both sides of the hands. This provides a gateway to the inner world, which paves the way for finding solutions when we feel stuck or answers to questions that concern us. Thus hand reflexology represents a holistic avenue for healing both ­physically and energetically in the whole person, body, mind, and spirit.

On the two hands one finds a microcosm of the whole human being in its three-dimensional structure. Only the feet are missing here. There are three basic rules for reflexology on the hands: the left-right rule, the front-rear rule, and the top-bottom rule.

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