Did you know your hands contain a number of trigger points that can help improve various parts of your body? By using simple massage techniques, you can focus on these specific areas of your body, relieving pain and discomfort.
Here at OSIM, we’ve created a hand reflexology guide that teaches you where these points are, what massage techniques you need to use, and what parts of your body will benefit from them.
How to Massage Your Hands
When carrying out the below techniques, you should always start with your right hand, completing the full sequence before moving to your left. This helps move your energy, your “chi,” in the right direction.
Place the flat part of your thumb on the area of your hand that you’re focusing on. Then use the creeping technique to move your thumb around this area. Think of it like pushing pins into a pin cushion, so, as you lift your thumb up, you move it forward slightly to push the next pin into place. Moving like a caterpillar, this allows you to work methodically in the area you’re targeting.
You need to apply enough pressure to relax the reflex points on your hand, but not too much that you cause injury or pain. When you apply this pressure, do so in both directions by repeating the action twice, holding for three seconds each time.
This technique is perfect for a number of reflex points, including those for your kidneys, eyes, and ears. Simply use the flat part of your thumb on this area, rotating it using a firm but small motion. Apply this pressure for a few seconds in each of the points you want to target.
The Points on Your Hands
This section will look at some of the reflex points that are associated with various parts of your body. You may find it easier to use the hand reflexology chart provided to locate these.
1. The Sinuses, Brain, and Head
The top parts of each of your fingers relate to your frontal sinuses and your head, while the top parts of your thumbs are trigger points for your pituitary gland. This gland is located close to your brain, just behind the top of your nose, and is often referred to as the “master gland” because it controls a number of other glands in your body, including the testicles or ovaries, adrenals, and thyroid.
Also located in the pads of your thumbs are the hypothalamus and pineal glands, which are found in the center of your brain and are responsible for releasing various hormones into your body, including those that affect your sleep. That’s why, by using massage techniques on this area, it can help tackle sleep issues, such as insomnia.
2. The Neck and Throat
Just a little bit further down from the pads of your thumbs on the inside (just above the webbing of your thumbs) are the trigger points for your neck and throat.
3. The Eyes and Ears
Depending on the finger, the sections between the second and third knuckles represent your ears and eyes. Your pinkies and ring fingers correspond to your ears, while your middle and index fingers are responsible for your eyes.
4. The Upper Chest and Lungs
On both of your hands, the upper section of your palms (just below your knuckles) are home to the trigger points for your chest and lungs.
5. The Kidneys and Intestines
To target the area that relates to your kidneys and intestines, massage down from your middle finger through the center of your palm. This will also come into contact with some other trigger points related to this area of the body.
These are the adrenal glands, which are located just above the kidneys and are responsible for a number of hormones, including adrenaline; and the solar plexus, which is found in the abdomen and contains sympathetic nerves that run to glands, abdominal organs, and blood vessels.
Each of these four sections are small (about the size of a dime) and as you massage down this area you’ll touch on the solar plexus, adrenal glands, kidneys, and intestines, in that order.
6. The Thyroid Gland, Bladder, and Prostate or Uterus
Massaging the area that runs from the base of your thumb to the bottom of your palm (on the same side of your hand as your thumb) will touch a number of other vital trigger points. The first is the thyroid gland, while the bladder and uterus/prostate are side by side at the bottom of your palm.
7. The Spinal Column
In this same area but along the outer edge of your thumb you’ll find all the components of your spine – the cervical (neck), dorsal/thoracic (upper back), and lumbar (lower back) vertebrae. The sacral vertebrae are also situated in this area.
8. The Shoulder, Arms, Knees, Elbows, Legs, and Ankles
Picture a line that runs from the bottom of your pinky to the start of your wrist – this is the area where many of the trigger points for your limbs and joints can be massaged.
Starting at the bottom of your pinky, you’ll find small nickel-size sections for your shoulders and wrists. As you move down you’ll find the trigger points for your arms, knees and elbows, legs, and ankles. The final section is also the area you should focus on for your thighs and hips.
9. The Heart, Spleen, Liver, and Gallbladder
Even though many of the trigger points for parts of your body are located on both hands, this isn’t the case for these organs. Instead, the left hand is responsible for the heart and spleen, while the right hand is where you’ll find your liver and gallbladder trigger points.
These trigger points are located in the areas just below your pinkies and ring fingers. The reason for them being on different hands is because they’re located on different sides of your body.
10. The Lymph Nodes, Ovaries and Testes, and Sciatic Nerve
The final zone is located at the top of your wrist. In the middle of your wrist (right where your palm ends) is the trigger point for your lymph nodes. To the outer edge of your wrists are the points for your testes or ovaries. And the sciatic nerve area runs straight across your wrist in a thin line, just beneath these zones.
You can massage each of these areas, working methodically through them on each hand. Or, you can tackle the specific area of your body that you’re having problems with by massaging the key trigger point it’s related to.