Step-by-Step Hand Massage

Updated April 17, 2017

Not only does a hand massage relax the muscles of your hands, but it also improves blood circulation throughout the body. A hand massage is especially relaxing for people whose daily work involves frequent use of their hands and fingers, such as working on the computer keyboard. The massage oils used in a hand massage soothe the skin that comes in frequent contact with chemicals present in various substances such as soaps and detergents that you touch throughout the day. You can go to a professional massage therapist or can learn hand massage techniques and give a massage to yourself or others.

Immerse your client's hands in warm, soapy water for five to 10 minutes. This will clean the hands and aid in absorption of massage oil. Make your client lie down in bed or on a mattress on the floor. Place a folded towel under the hand you are going to massage.

Pour about a half-teaspoon of massage oil in your hands, and spread it all over your palm.

Take your client's hand in yours, and rub the oil well on both the sides of his hands. Massage the oil so that it gets absorbed into the skin.

Massage your client's entire palm with your thumbs in gentle, circular motions. Start with the centre portion of the palm close to the wrist. Move your thumbs lower and outward away from each other as you massage the palm.

Turn over your client's hand, and massage the back of the hand, applying gentle pressure with your thumbs between the bones to release tension.

Massage the wrist with your thumb with gentle circular motions.

Hold your client's arm in one hand, and with your free hand grab one finger at a time and massage each in a twisting motion. Twist in both directions, starting from the base and moving up to the fingertips. Exert a slight outward pull as you massage the fingers.

Turn the hand over so that your client's palm faces upwards. Take one finger at a time, and support it on your forefinger. Use your thumb to massage the surface of each finger facing upward in circular motion. Start from the base, and move to the tip.

Apply a few more light circular motions with your palm all over your client's hand, on both surfaces. Follow it with long stroking motions.

Massage the other hand following the same steps.


Remove all pieces of jewellery such as rings and bracelets from your client's hand before the massage. Repeat the massage steps for greater relaxation.


Be careful about the amount of pressure you apply while massaging. Even gentle massage might hurt when done for too long.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Warm water
  • Soap
  • Bed or mattress
  • Towel
  • Massage oil
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