Hands are the heart's landscape.- Pope John Paul II
Think of all we do with our hands.
The miracle of movement in our fingers. How a simple touch can heal a broken heart, a wounded ego, an anxious mind.
This week, I'd like to offer you a retreat for your hard working hands.
I found this self-massage technique on ehow. This video is very simple to follow, and a good technique for hand massage.
To make this a retreat, take a moment for an opening ceremony.
Close your eyes, take a few deep breaths, and set the intention that the next few minutes are for you.
If you have a favorite lotion or scented oil, use it. You may even want to splurge a bit and buy a bottle just for this retreat. Aromatherapy can be highly indusive to relaxation and calm, and a scent that makes you happy is an added treat for this massage.
Below is a list of scents and their uses to get you started, but don't think of this as the last word on aroma. We are all unique, and if a fragrance speaks to you, that's the important thing.
Basil – Sage - Mint - Spiritual uplifting, energizing and romance,
relaxation, extreme calming and comfort
Cedarwood - Nervous tension, bronchitis, congestion, coughs and
Eucalyptus - Asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis and throat
Jasmine - Mood changing, fear, sensual, romance and confidence
Lavender - Flu, depression, insomnia and hypertension
Lemon - Well being, refreshing, optimistic, fearless and strengthening
Lime - Balance, cleansing, motivation and clarity
Sandalwood - Depression, tensions and stress
Ylang Ylang - Depression, impotence, insomnia, frigidity and stress
When you are done, fold your hands over your heart and with a deep breath, imagine a glow enveloping your fingers, thumbs, palms, and joints. Thank your body for all it does, every day.
Be good to yourself. Always.