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According to research, there are numerous active trigger points on your hands that can help you overcome physical and emotional discomfort. Reflexology is a form alternative medicine that uses gentle pressure and manipulation applied to both the hands and feet. The theory is that pressing on specific points can elicit a positive change in other parts of your body.

While reflexology is not considered a true scientific form of medical treatment, there is evidence that has been practiced since ancient times in Egypt and China. Would people still be doing it if it didn’t help in some way? My wife, who is a licensed massage therapist but not a reflexologist, has clients who strongly believe in the benefits of reflexology. And even if no measurable medical healing is taking place, the fact that reflexology recipients feel better and more relaxed after treatment has to be worth something.

I’m generally hesitant about visiting doctors or any sort of health practitioners, but I like the idea of non-invasive ways of improving one’s health and well-being. And if there’s a way to help oneself before needing to seek professional advice, that’s even better. The video below is a basic introduction to reflexology for the hands. It’s easy to do and the results may surprise you.