Hand Massage for Better Health

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Hand Massage for Better Health
Author: Yasuhiko Igarashi
Specifications: ISBN  978-4309272665
143 pages
14.8 x 21.0 cm / 5.9 x 8.4 in (WxH)
Category: Health
Publisher: Kawade Shobo Shinsha, Publishers
Tokyo, 2011
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This practical guide to self-care is all about the hand, "our second brain." Our hands have reflex points that correspond to the heart, head, neck, back, reproductive system, digestive and respiratory organs, and so on?every part, gland, and organ of the body. This view is simpatico with the "zone therapy" introduced by American ENT specialist William H. Fitzgerald early in the 20th century, and to Indian and Chinese thinking about meridians and acupressure points. Massaging the hands can relax stiff shoulders, improve circulation to cold extremities, reduce swelling, and ease menstrual cramps; it can also help prevent disease and maintain general good health. Further, by improving the body's metabolism, hand massage actually alters the body's chemistry, relieving such problems as constipation as well as beautifying the skin and adding luster to the hair. No special equipment or skill is required; anybody can do it whenever they have a moment. The absence of any harmful side effects also makes hand massage an excellent therapeutic choice.

Three particular benefits of hand massage stand out. Improved blood circulation not only spreads warmth throughout the body, but ensures that plenty of white blood cells are on the scene to fight harmful germs and viruses. Improved liver, kidney, and bowel functions ensure that waste matter is efficiently passed from the body. And improved brain-cell function helps reduce anxiety and negative feelings about oneself. Adding foot massage to your regular self-care practice can multiply the benefits. Instructions for specific conditions such as fatigue, dizziness, and hangovers are provided, detailing with diagrams where the reflex zones are, how to stimulate them, how vigorously, for how long, and so forth.