Extract from the online Course - Detailed Hand Massage for Upper Body Release (Course Details)
When did you last get a good hand massage?
TASK, stop and reflect: Bring to mind some of your specific clients and the jobs they do – how much do they use their hands and how much hand massage do they get?
Often hand massage is little more than a gentle stroke over the hands.We all know how good our backs and necks will feel after a good massage - that stretching out feeling when it feels like your back is moving properly and you have that increased flexibility and strength – but we don’t accord our hands the same level of detail and treatment.
Now I can hear some people saying that this is because our hands don’t have as much muscle as the back or shoulders and of course, that’s true – but this doesn’t mean we can’t work on them effectively.
I find in my work that detailed hand massage can often be the key to releasing tension elsewhere in the upper body.
If you have a client who has tight shoulders, restriction in their cervical or thoracic spine or at the top of the chest - then detailed hand work can often make a big difference to how their body will be able to release that tension.
If you have a client whose shoulder, chest or back tension you are struggling to release and no matter what you do, the tension comes back within hours after them getting off the massage table – then detailed hand work might be a really useful tool in helping you get longer lasting and quicker results.
Sometimes a client’s health or injury history might mean you can’t work directly where you would normally work to release their tension – and hand massage can again come into its own in these cases.
You might, for example have a client who has a very tight neck stopping them sleeping or getting comfortable but as they had a moderate stroke 2 months ago. You can’t give them any massage to their neck as direct massage is still contraindicated following the stroke – but you will likely be able to help release some of that tension in the neck by working on the hands.
You may be working with someone who has a malignancy close to their neck and you can’t put direct or indirect pressure on that area – but again – you can help them by doing this detailed hand work.
There might be inflammation or injury in a shoulder which means you can’t work directly on that area at the moment – but you can do the handwork that starts to allow the shoulder muscles to relax.
So detailed hand work becomes an important tool to have. I use detailed hand work is the vast majority of my treatments.
If you unlock the tension in the hands, you will begin to unlock the tension in the whole of the upper body. I’ll repeat that bit – if you unlock the tension held in the hands, you will begin to unlock that tension in the whole of the upper body!
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