Hand reflexology for relaxation
Join reflexologist, Anna Woodward, as she guides you through a 7 minute hand reflexology exercise to calm and destress.
Hand reflexology is a complimentary therapy which consists of applying pressure to specific points on your hands with the aim of bringing about a sense of deep relaxation and helping the body's own healing process.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is one of the most popular types of complementary therapy in the UK. Some cancer centres offer reflexology treatments free to their patients. Some people with cancer say they feel more relaxed and able to cope after a reflexology session.
There is some evidence that reflexology can help you*:
relax and cope with stress and anxiety
lift your mood and give a feeling of well being
How does hand reflexology work?
Reflexologist believe there are certain 'reflex' points on the hands, which are linked to different systems and organs within the body.
By applying gentle pressure to those reflex points, they aim is to stimulate and unblock energy pathways in the body in order to reduce pain and see changes in symptom patterns.
When energy can flow freely, it is said to restore balance in the body and bring about a sense of deep relaxation.
Before you try any alternative therapies, please consult with your medical team.
Find out more about reflexology -
Read more about reflexology with Anna
Find out about reflexology and cancer with Cancer research UK*
Find a registered reflexology practitioner