Exercise of the Day: 3 hand stretches

A woman demonstrates her palm being stretched

Sorry we’ve been derelict on the blog this week. To make it up to you, here’s three stretches at once! This trio is very useful for massage therapists. Your hands are your tools, and it’s important to take care of them!

This first one stretches your wrist extensors. With your arm outstretched, face your palm towards your body and gently press the back of your hand towards you.

Denise demonstrating hand and wrist stretch number one.

Next, take care of your wrist flexors. In the same position, face your palm away from you apply pressure until you feel a comfortable stretch. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same range as Denise here—find the pressure that feels good to you.

Denise demonstrating hand and wrist stretch number two.

Finally, try this nice palm stretch. Hold one hand loosely flat, and pull back on your fingers so that you feel the stretch in your palm and fingers rather than your wrist. This will help increase the extensibility of your palmar fascia.

Denise demonstrating the palmar stretch.

Try incorporating these three stretches into your routine before and between massages, and let us know how you feel!

Massage is a physical profession, and RMTs need to stay active to be at the top of their game. A good therapist will also be well-versed in exercises that will benefit their clients. Vicars students recieve training in remedial exercise, and our “remex” sessions incorporate exercises and stretches from many sports and athletic traditions. Practice along with us!

Each exercise is demonstrated by Denise Currie. In addition to being an RMT (and our Director!), Denise is a personal fitness trainer and highly regarded yoga practitioner who regularly trains other teachers.