Do you pluck guitar strings? Grip gardening shears all weekend? Struggle to open large-mouthed jars? Work on a computer for hours on end? Couple these with your age and gender (muscle mass and strength decrease with age; women are more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal injuries than men)[i] and you’ve got more than enough reasons to apply the motto “Selfcare is healthcare” to your life.
#1 Take care of yourself.
- Manage your work schedule; don’t fatigue your hands by seeing more clients than your body can handle.
- If it hurts, don’t do it! Use a different technique or take a break from working.
- Get regular hand reflexology and forearm massage sessions!
- Take time to stretch and strengthen the muscles of your hands and forearms everyday.
#2 Work smarter, not harder.
- The goal of reflexology is to relax. Include other approaches to help you to accomplish that goal: sedating, nervine essential oils, warm hydrotherapy, music.
- Begin your sessions with paraffin. The warm penetrating wax will soften the tissue, allowing your digits to sink in with less effort.
- Mix it up to work points: Use a thumb or both the index and third finger together (they’re the strongest) or a knuckle.
- Set boundaries with clients. Apply only as much pressure as you can comfortably give without hurting yourself. To see tricks on adding more pressure with less effort please watch these two videos: More Pressure, No More Effort and Giving More Pressure on Points.
What sort of tricks do you employ to take care of your hands?
[i] Laura L. Tosi, Barbara D. Boyan and Adele Le. Boskey, “Does Sex Matter in Musculoskeletal Health?: The Influence of Sex and Gender on Musculoskeletal Health,” Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, 20015; 87:1631-1647