Discover the untapped power of hand reflexology, a lesser-known yet highly-accessible healing practice. While foot reflexology takes the spotlight, hand reflexology offers a practical and valuable alternative, especially for those who find it challenging to access the reflex points on their feet.

Hand Reflexology technique

Benefits of Hand Reflexology

This ancient healing practice offers a wealth of advantages for both the body and mind. By targeting specific reflex points on the hands, hand reflexology can address various health conditions and promote overall well-being. Key benefits may include:

Enhanced Circulation

Hand reflexology stimulates blood flow and improves circulation throughout the body. By applying targeted pressure to reflex points, this technique helps to optimise the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to vital organs and tissues, supporting their optimal functioning.

Stress Relief & Relaxation

Engaging in hand reflexology promotes deep relaxation and relieves stress. Through the stimulation of the nervous system, it triggers the release of endorphins (the body's natural "feel-good" hormones), fostering a sense of calmness and tranquillity. Most people also report improved sleep quality.

Pain Management

By targeting specific reflex points that are associated with pain (such as the shoulders, back, or head), reflexology techniques help to reduce tension, promote relaxation, and provide relief from conditions like headaches, shoulder aches, and back pain.

Improved Digestion

Reflex points on the hands correspond to the digestive system, making hand reflexology an effective tool for addressing digestive issues. By applying pressure to these points, it can help to reduce constipation, alleviate bloating, and improve overall digestive function.

Immune System Support

By stimulating the reflex points associated with the immune system, hand reflexology helps to enhance its functionality, supporting the body's natural defence mechanisms and promoting overall wellness.

Reflex Points on the Hand

It is important to understand the reflex point locations on the hands before you begin. These points, when stimulated, correspond to specific body parts and systems, allowing for targeted healing and restoration. All points should be utilised for whole-health benefits, but it is possible to work on specific reflex points where there are existing health problems like headaches, sinus pain, neck or shoulder aches.


The central region of the palm represents the digestive system, including the stomach, intestines, and liver. Stimulating this area can help to improve digestion and relieve digestive discomfort.


The base of the thumb corresponds to the head and neck. Applying pressure to this point can help to alleviate headaches, neck tension, and sinus congestion.


Each finger has reflex points that correspond to different body parts or systems.

  • The tip of the thumb is associated with the brain and the pituitary gland.
  • The tip of the index finger is connected to the colon and the large intestine.
  • The tip of the middle finger is related to the heart and the respiratory system.
  • The tip of the ring finger corresponds to the liver and the gallbladder.
  • The tip of the little finger is associated with the kidneys and the urinary system.

Back of the hand

The reflex points on the back of the hand mirror the body's major systems.

  • The space between the knuckles represents the spine, with each knuckle corresponding to a specific vertebra.
  • The area closer to the wrist corresponds to the shoulder and the upper back.
  • Moving towards the wrist, reflex points relate to the chest, lungs, and heart.
Hand reflexology points

With a reflexology chart, you can detect the reflex points on your hand and apply gentle pressure at first using the thumb or a finger. Rotate with consistent pressure using a circular motion. Do this for up to 5 seconds. Move your thumb and finger to a new spot, next to where you have just worked the reflex point, and continue applying circular pressure for up to 5 seconds.

Relaxation Techniques

Here’s a simple way to provide a relaxing start to any treatment:

  • Using the left hand, rub the right wrist with an outward sweeping motion of the thumb. Keep the motion consistent and continue on to move the thumb into the palm of the right hand. Work slowly from the middle towards the edges of the palm. This should last approximately 60 seconds. Now work on the back of the right hand, using the thumb to work from the knuckles to the wrist. Aim for a relaxing motion and do not apply too much pressure to the back of the hand.
  • Release tension from the fingers by holding one finger at a time between the thumb and forefinger. Move from side to side, working the joint of the knuckle. This should be a slow, measured movement and is not intended to crack the knuckles. Continue with each digit on that hand. Then, squeeze the hand and repeat on the left hand. The fingers represent the skull, brain, glands, skin of the face, hearing and sight. The toes have the same representations.
  • On the right hand, begin at the top of the thumb and move your left thumb or finger down in small, incremental movements to the base. Do this all over the thumb so that every part is stimulated. Then, repeat on the index finger, moving onto each of the other fingers in turn. Make sure to cover every part of the skin on both the inside of the fingers and the outside.

Hand reflexology is a complex but powerful healing therapy that encourages whole-body health and wellbeing. By working various parts of the hand, you stimulate meridians, the spine, the lungs, the shoulders, thyroid, stomach, and so on. There is much to learn with hand reflexology and, with so many benefits, it is certainly worth the effort!

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