A Thai Yoga Hand Reflexology Vinyasa
By Dr. Anthony B. James DM(P), ND, MD(AM), DPHC(h.c.), SMOKH
Director of Education at The Thai Yoga Center and The SomaVeda™ Institute of Natural Healing
A Thai Yoga Hand Reflexology Vinyasa
This beautiful little Hand Yoga Therapy flow is easily incorporated into any healing session. Ayurveda, Yoga Therapy and Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as other traditional spiritual and energetic based systems have long held the value of working or bringing energy, attention, consciousness, breath and pressure to the hands and feet. Hands and Feet are considered Reflex Zones.
Thai Yoga Reflexology may also be considered a traditional form of acupressure and the techniques are very similar. Doing a general Yoga Therapy Reflexology treatment to the hand is nurturing and relaxing. As all the reflex zones and points are treated there is a balancing of both Nadi and meridians, Marma and Lom (Sen Kalathari), and Chakra energies. There is especially emphasis of the 4th Chakra and the microcosmic orbit, heart, lung, pericardium and large instestine meridians.
Take the relationship of the hands to Fourth Chakra for example. In Ayurvedic Chakra theory, the hands are the “Organs of Expression” for the Fourth (Anahata) Chakra. We also see a cross over with the Fifth Chakra as well in the hands. The Fifth (Vishudda) Chakra represents the “Communication and Expression of Being”. Ask your self how important the hands are in communicating and expressing exactly who you are in the world? Is it any wonder that disorders such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome are so debilitating?
Aside from the ability to work issue if your hands are in distress then it is as if your tongue is tied! We recommend and do this Thai Yoga Hand Flow or Vinyassa with or as part of any treatment for a hand specific disorder.
Psychologically, considering the connect (connect is not a noun…you need a noun here like connection) to the heart and its related issues, we also work on the hands in sessions because they relate (are linked) to heart issues and unresolved emotional blockages in that area.
From a physiological point of view, we address issues of alignment of the bones and connective tissue, and constrictions and restriction on the venous blood flow from the heart to the lungs. The techniques used in this treatment traction and decompress the joints and ligaments, increase directly circulation of blood, lymphatic and interstitial fluids, and increase oxygen to reduce spasm, trigger points and any concurrent referral pain from them. Aggregates of waste and body byproducts such as lactic and uric acid salts, which have settled out of solution and accumulated in the interstitial pockets between the tissues and structures of the hand are broken up and dissolved back into solution where they can be handled and removed from the body. These are the “Crunchies” you will feel grinding under your thumbs as you do this breakout routine.
Twelve Steps in SomaVeda Level Two Hand Flow or Vinyasa
1) Gently Pull the Arm and Luft or bounce to release tension in arm and shoulder.
2) Reinforced Thumb Circles on the Wrist Lom or Joint.
3) Klai Sen or Snake Thumb on two lines.
4) Shake Hands with point Hoku (Li4)
5) Twist or “scrunch” each of the fingers.
6) Cross Thumbs on 5 lines on the Palm of the Hand.
7) Stretch the Fingers from Base to finger tip
9) Circle and Pull the Finger joints (Not necessary to make them pop!)
10) Break Bread Technique 3 times
11) Bicycle Technique: Slow, fasy then slow again.
12) Shake Vigorously and Drop
Not only is there a nurturing and relaxing aspect to Yoga Therapy for the Hand, this sequence can be beneficial for a wide range of symptoms from stress and headaches to constipation and low back pain.
In order to create a spiritual space in which to heal and frame of mind to maximize the contact and experience we are sharing with the client, we incorporate Puja (Therapeutic Prayer) before and after we do a hand reflexology session.
SomaVeda™ Integrated Traditional Therapies are a spiritual, energetic and competency based therapeutic healing system or Spiritual Medicine (See: What is SomaVeda™?). In the SomaVeda™ system there are over 1000 different therapeutic postures used commonly. SomaVeda™ is a complete holistic system on Natural Medicine.