The Energy Of the Hands
Massaging the major healing points of the hands can stimulate the organs and relax the body. The human being was born from one cell and as the organism develops, the body maintains the relationship between its various aspects. The energy meridians of many major organs pass through the hands, so massaging the hands helps energy to continuously flow and support the organs.
The major points of the palms are the Pericardium-8 point in the center of the palms of the hands. The pericardium is the sack around the heart and helps regulate the temperature of the heart, among other things. The Heart-8 point between the fourth and fifth metacarpal, near the top of the palm is another major point for healing oneself and others.
The Large Intestine-4 point is on the back of the hand, in the webbing between the thumb and the metacarpal that eventually extends to the index finger. This point relates to the pain in the body, especially headaches, and also can alleviate constipation in the large intestine. Massaging this point and keeping it relaxed can soften the abdomen and release tension in the sense organs.
Finally, one can massage the areas on the back of the hand between each metacarpal. To increase circulation to the extremities, wrap the fingers of the opposite hand around each finger (and thumb), one at a time, and squeeze and release each finger. Taoists believe this also helps move trapped emotions in the organs. But don’t take my word for it, try it yourself and see if you feel better.
Learn more about energy self massage in The Alchemist’s Tao Te Ching: Transforming Your Lead Into Gold