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For most of us, when we have a particular pain or ailment, we’re used to reaching for our medicine cabinet.
It’s always recommended to follow the advice of doctors — especially when concerning certain life-saving signs and symptoms — but what about for simple, everyday aches and pains?
Outside the pharmaceutical realm, there are definitely painless, natural alternatives — and among these are hand reflexology exercises suggested by Jin Shin Jyutsu, an ancient healing art.
According to this philosophy, each finger on the hand is correlated to two of our 10 organs. — and in an exclusive guide below, we explore some very easy exercises you can do with your hands.
Based on research compiled by noted reflexologists Barbara and Kevin Kunz, these exercises have shown to greatly improve the physical and emotional states of patients.
While these exercises should never take the place of a doctor’s opinion, they might be an interesting alternative to those over-the-counter pain medicines we’re so used to taking.
Scroll further to take a look at each of these incredibly simple finger exercises. Let us know if you’ll be trying them out at home!
According to the ancient art of reflexology, each finger is linked to a different ailment and emotion.
The well-documented practice of Jin Shin Jyutsu is very much related to meditation.
Thumb: Anxiety and Headaches
As an anchor for the hand, the thumb carries the weight of all decisions. It is most commonly linked to the emotions of depression and anxiety. It is also linked to the spleen and the stomach.
Index: Frustration and Muscle Aches
Second in line is the index finger, which has been linked to the states of fear and confusion as well as the kidney.
Among the reviewed reflexology studies, many kidney dialysis patients have been reported to see improvement with these massages, according to the University of Minnesota.
Patients who had issues with muscle and back aches or discomfort in their arms and legs have also reported feeling better after these massages.
Middle: Anger And Fatigue
Reflexology exercises are also widely known to reduce areas of pain and inflammation. If you’ve been feeling more fatigued than usual lately, or if you’ve been experiencing issues with circulation, try applying pressure to your middle finger.
Ring: Negativity and Digestive Problems
If you’ve been having doubts about yourself, or if you’ve been feeling negative or sad energy all around, try focusing on the ring finger.
Pinky: Nervousness and Stress
Most commonly, the little finger is linked to a state of low self-esteem. You may be someone who’s constantly overthinking situations, or judging something a bit too hard.
Palm: Nausea and Tension
The palms of the hand are also extremely important. You can either hold the center of the palm and do three complete breaths, or press the palm in a rotating manner.
Hand: Blood Flow and Strength
This is an alternative exercise to the palm presses. It carries the same idea of gently exercising the central areas in your palms.
Will you be trying out these simple, effective exercises at home?