They grab objects, click, apply our beauty products, cook or even talk… To the point that we no longer pay attention to our hands. Here are four methods to relieve them and discover their full potential.
Chinese balls (baoding): a therapeutic Zen gym
The principle : manipulate two or three balls four to five and a half centimeters in diameter in each of our hands to maintain our longevity. Also called “qigong balls” or “health balls”, their name comes from the city of Baoding, China.
Your session: rub your hands together to open the energy gates, then close your fists on the inhale and open them on the exhale. Take two balls in one hand. Shoulders relaxed, rotate them clockwise, then counterclockwise. Change hands. You can also handle three balls or roll them from your fingertips towards the wrist (they overlap). Finally, relax with your hands open to the sky (yang) or the earth (yin). Perform this ritual fifteen to twenty minutes once a day for a month, then space out the sessions. “It should not create any pain in the fingers or the wrist”, specifies Marcel Quay-Cendre, practitioner in energy and well-being.
The benefits : relaxing and meditative, the handling of these balls activates the circulation of blood and that of the iq, vital breath. Half of the meridians starting or ending in the hand, it stimulates them and thus helps to prevent and treat many conditions, including sleep or memory disorders. “Some people have seen their cholesterol levels drop significantly. After four to five days, we already feel that the hands are less stuck, ”says Marcel Quay-Cendre. the baoding can also relieve osteoarthritis of the fingers, high blood pressure and neck or back pain.
Practice : you will find training videos on the Internet. Opt for balls adapted to the size of your hands. They can be in metal, sound (to give rhythm to the practice), in jade, marble or onyx (lithotherapy effect), fitted with a magnet (magnetotherapy) or, more rarely, in natural wood. On sale around 10 € online, and in stores such as Nature & Découvertes.
Korean manupuncture: the body on the hand
The principle : identify our bodily pains by stimulating the hand with a pointed object (stylus, toothpick, etc.), then insist on the most sensitive points with the same tools or magnets, qibong (metal pellets), moxas (small cones of heated mugwort)… Acupuncturist and Korean teacher, Tae-Woo Yoo created this method in the 1970s by mapping acupuncture points and meridians only on the hand. Our backside body appears on the back of the hand, and the frontside, on the palm. An imaginary vertical line down the center of the middle fingers separates the right and left sides when the hands are laid flat on a table. The head, neck and thorax are located on each phalanx of the middle finger. The arms and hands are on the index and ring fingers, and the legs on the thumb and little finger. The digestive sphere is located on the palm, the genital apparatus near the wrist. Bones, muscles, organs, vessels… it’s all there!
Practice: to help you get your bearings at first, draw eyes, nose, mouth and ears on the pulp of the knuckle at the top of the middle finger, like a puppet on the fingertip. Look for the most painful point on the area corresponding to your problem (toothache, runny nose, etc.) using a sharp object. Stimulate this point until the symptom disappears, maximum three minutes. Then feel the benefits. Do the same for the other body areas (hands, feet, hips, etc.).
The benefits : manupuncture is presented as a complementary therapy. “A session with a practitioner may be enough for an acute disorder. But we are not treating the cause, ”says Gines Linares, manupuncture teacher. The claimed placebo effect contributes to the success of the treatment.
In practice : on manupuncture.fr, you will find internship offers, from beginner to advanced, from 890 €. The site will soon offer videos, a booklet of exercises and other training. Session with a practitioner: one hour, €60.
Hydrotherapy: mud and painkiller baths
The principle : massaging the hands, dipping them under jets or in thermal water baths, coating them with mud and mobilizing them as part of “rheumatology” or “cardio-arterial disease” cures. At the thermal baths of Royat (Puy-de-Dôme), the “Raynaud’s syndrome” cure (white and insensitive fingers under the effect of cold, stress or intense emotions) includes a twenty-five minute immersion in a tank filled with carbon dioxide water, then with dry carbon dioxide in order to revive blood microcirculation. Another exclusive treatment in the “arthrosis of the hands” treatment: the thermal steam shower. The patient moves his hands under jets of water and thermal gas for ten minutes. He then immerses them in a hot sandbox with an analgesic effect and works his joints by bending and unbending his fingers on small balls.
Your house : move a rolling pin forward and backward ten times without stretching your fingers too much, knead raw lentils in a salad bowl, smooth each finger from the nail to the root, strum on an imaginary keyboard… “Mobilize your hands in conscience to fight against their numbness. In addition, practicing a physical activity has an anti-inflammatory effect”, underlines Dr Patrick Roux, doctor at the Royat thermal baths, who recommends wrist exercises and massages with skin peeling (Cellu M6 type) against sclerosis related Raynaud’s phenomenon.
The benefits : reduce the number of seizures and the intensity of Raynaud’s phenomenon. On osteoarthritis of the hands, a study showed a marked improvement in grip strength. The effectiveness of the thermal oven would be superior to that of an anti-inflammatory: agility, pain, hypertrophy of the joints, consumption of analgesics…
Make a cure: you can start with a mini-cure of six days, but longer cures (eighteen days) are also offered. In Royat (thermes-de-royat.com): from €252 for six days (“osteoarthritis” or “Raynaud’s syndrome” treatment). In Aix-les-Bains (Thermes Chevalley, valvital.fr): from €339 for six days (“well-being and relaxation of the hands” treatment). Further information: medecinethermale.fr.
Digiqido: magician games
The principle : practice moving the hand and the whole body in search of the “right gesture”. Digi refers to fingers, iq, to the breath of life and do, to the musical note and to the back, “seat of our ailments”, according to Guy Dumont, passionate about magic (among others!) and creator of the hundred or so exercises of this method.
Get started: inflate a balloon and hold it with both hands. Eyes closed, feel the vibrations, and the sensitivity in each of your hands. Relax your back, neck and shoulders. Another exercise, do “the fan”: place your hands straight, palms facing you, at face level, without bending your wrist. Glue the fingers, then spread them a little, each, successively, starting from the thumb, then returning in the opposite direction. “Be considerate of your hands: driving your car, having a drink… See how their sensitivity and their strength naturally adapt to the volume, temperature, relief of the object”, further advises Guy Dumont. .
The benefits : practicing fifteen minutes a day helps the hand to gain in agility, flexibility, precision and the quality of touch improves. The DigiQiDo also makes it possible to work on the independence of the fingers, the coordination and to become aware of the accumulated tensions.
Do more: reproduce the exercises from the video offered on ecoledelamain.com. Chain them together staying less than five minutes on each one, or refine the most difficult. Also: a DVD and à la carte lessons near Roanne (Loire) or anywhere in France on order (price on request).
Biotypology: your turnkey temperament
Pragmatic and faithful (“organizer”)? Contemplative and independent (“theoretician”)? Adventurous and sensitive (“passionate”)? Or methodical and secret (“sedentary”)? Thanks to biotypology, Jean de Bony strives to reveal our temperament. What is that ?
A “human science of observation”, which he based on statistical observations and by adapting the temperaments of Hippocrates. Hot or cold, moist or dry hands, more or less thick palms, long or short fingers… For two hours, he notes everything “to help you understand yourself, not to know yourself”, he specifies. According to him, character, the fruit of experience, is not identifiable in the hands, unlike temperament. The stunning result invites you to reflect on your aspirations and your relationships with others.
For further : Everything in the hands by Jean de Bony and Stéphanie Leclair by Marco (La Martinière). Individual consultation, €200; duet, €300; family, €500 (unlimited number). Information: toutdanslesmains.com.