How to Give a Gentle Hand Massage
After a long day or during a relaxing weekend treat a loved one with a soothing hand massage - gentle movements to comfort and pamper the body and soul.
Together you may choose a massage oil that suits you both best. Find a comfortable position and get started. Massage calmly and slowly for maximum relaxation. Ask the person you give the massage to if the pressure is ok.
Our 6-Step Hand Massage
Step 1: Gently stroke the hand Hold the hand to be massaged with your supporting hand. With your working hand, stroke the hand using smooth, gentle motions while applying light pressure. Start at the fingertips and move up across the back of the hand and forearm towards the elbow. Circle the elbow and return to the fingertips using the same movements. Repeat three times.
Step 2: Massage each finger individually Make circular movements with your thumb in a clockwise direction, while your remaining fingers support the finger to be massaged. Massage the finger starting at the nail bed, moving up over the joints to the base of the finger. Before you begin, ask the person you are massaging if they have any joint pain, and adjust the pressure accordingly.
Step 4: Stroke between the tendons on the back of the hand This technique massages the spaces between the joints to loosen the tendons and muscles. Hold the hand palm down in both of your hands, using your fingers as support. Use both thumbs to stroke between the tendons, starting at the base of the fingers and working your way towards the wrist. Repeat three times.