Lemme give you a hand

Different parts of your brain are responsible for different parts of your body. However, it’s not the physical size of the body part that determines how much of your brain is devoted to it. It’s the complexity and density of nerves found in that body part. For this reason, your hands (with their sensitivities and fine motor skills) are richly represented “cortextually.” [Check out a cool brain-to-body-part map.]

Now it makes complete sense why getting a hand massage feels like high-fiving a million angels. Relieving tension in your hands also relaxes a big part of your brain. So, the next time your hands are hollering, treat them (and your brain) to a massage.

DIY Hand Massage

Ideally, set aside at least five minutes for the massage. Even longer is even better.

  1. Starting at the heel of your palm, trace your pinky finger with your other hand's thumb and index finger. Apply light pressure along the way.
  2. Once you reach your fingertip, pause and press gently.
  3. Trace the sides of your pinky. 
  4. Gently press and pull the area between your pinky and its neighbor finger.
  5. Repeat steps 1 – 4 for all of your fingers and thumbs on both hands.
  6. Massage your wrist, palm and the back of your hand.
  7. Switch hands and repeat.
  8. Gently press your thumb into your palm’s center. Pause and breathe.
  9. Switch hands and repeat.