You may wonder why your forearms and hands need massage.
Well, it is not always things that we think about but the hands and forearms are constantly used.
Gripping a steering wheel. Working a trackpad or mouse. Hovering over keyboards. Garden work. And ovens. And laundry. You get it. These parts of our body are equally exposed to a great deal of stress daily, by writing by hand or using the keyboard, grabbing things, carrying groceries, making beds and you name it. And often when these parts are massaged reactions are that “Oh! I had no idea my arms were so sore!” It’s a common surprise, but not really a surprise. They get sore. And when they get really overworked, we end up with carpal tunnel, tendonitis, trigger finger and a whole host of other issues.
The good news that it is not difficult to massage arms and forearms by yourself.
Here is what you can do.
You use your opposite arm, and squeeze the soft areas under your elbow. Your thumb can work in a half circle. Start on the inside of the elbow and work towards the outside where the tissue is soft. The movements should be gentle and you should not squeeze hard and feel any pain. If it hurts you are pressing too hard. Work this up and down the forearms a couple of times. Then you can add rolling the wrist and wiggling the fingers around at the same time as you squeeze. Do this a few times, up and down the forearm.
Next movement will cover the hand. Your grip should be a bit softer. You will know what is right for you. Squeeze the inner part of the hand which is a bit meaty and you can repeat circular movements a couple of times and then move up and down the fingers with a light squeeze. Then, switch hands and do it again on the other arm and hand! It is not more complicated than that and no specialised materials are needed. But what you could always do is excange with a friend, and massage each other’s arms and hands.
Welcome to our Massage and Relax blog. We will aim at providing you with monthly topics of interest in relation to wellbeing and massage. We will also post articles and other information in relation to subjects requested by our clients. This month of May we start off with neck and shoulder care between massage appointments. Enjoy your reading !