Benefits of Hand and Foot Massage | Mary Atkinson

Benefits of Hand and Foot Massage

If you’ve enjoyed a hand massage and/or foot massage then you know that it can be a truly relaxing experience. Indeed, many people are surprised at the benefits of this simple, non-invasive and adaptable therapy. Published research backs this up. My next accredited day course in Hand and Foot Massage is on Monday 14th May 2018 in Chichester. £85. 


Feedback from my Hand and Foot Massage courses, and my Hand and Foot Massage book has been wonderfully positive from people all around the world – both adults and children. And so I decided to take a look at some of the research studies into the effect of short hand and foot massages in different situations.


Ms Nei

Research into Benefits of Hand and Foot Massage

These four studies support the anecdotal evidence from students, friends and colleagues. (Please click on the headings to get more information of the individual studies and references).

Hand and Foot Massage Provide Consolation

Receiving soothing massages for 8 weeks after the death of a loved one can provide much-needed consolation and help diminish feelings of loneliness, according to this study. “Massage activates touch receptors which then release oxytocin, a hormone known for its positive effects on well-being and relaxation,” explains Dr Cronfalk, who conducted the research with colleagues from the Karolinska Institutet.

Hand and Foot Massage for Pain Relief

This study focused on hand and foot massage as an intervention in post-operative pain. The conclusion was that foot and hand massage appears to be an effective, inexpensive, low-risk, flexible and easily applied strategy for postoperative pain management.


Foot Massage in Critical Care

Foot massage was introduced as a relaxation strategy in the stressful environment of critical care. Critically ill patients in intensive care were offered a soothing five-minute foot massage. A significant decrease in heart rate, blood pressure and respirations was observed during the foot massage intervention.

Hand Massage for Nursing Home Residents

Hand massage can bring comfort and encourage communication between caregivers and residents in a nursing home. This study looks at how the valuable role that hand massage can play as part of residents’ care.

Mary and Takiko working

Learning Hand and Foot Massage

And the joy is that both hand and foot massage are very simple to learn and almost as relaxing to give as to receive!

My one day Hand and Foot Massage course is suitable for everyone, no experience necessary. Ideal for sharing with family and friends. However, it is also useful for massage therapists and reflexologists wishing to enhance their skills and use within their work. The course is accredited by the Federation of Holistic Therapists for 5 CPD points.

Next date: Monday 14th May 2108. £85 (£15 from course fee is donated to Baobab Charity, supporting a kindergarten in Kenya for the poorest children). Course is held in Chichester, West Sussex.

For more information please click here: Hand and Foot Massage Course.


Course content:

  • Benefits of hand massage and foot massage.
  • Contraindications – those situations when it is not advised to give a hand massage or foot massage.
  • Creams and oils for massage.
  • Ways in which hand massage and foot massage can be adapted for children and elderly.
  • Ensuring safety and hygiene.
  • Your posture when giving a hand massage or foot massage.

Participants share a safe and simple massage sequence for hands and feet. It is a fun and relaxing day with plenty of opportunity for enjoying the benefits of hand and foot massage.

Please wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring two small towels.


Feedback from Hand and Foot Massage Courses

“A very interesting and informative day, taught with a caring and sensitive approach.” Complementary Therapy Volunteer at Hospice

“This hand and foot massage course proved to be one of the best and most enjoyable courses that I have completed and working in a small group really did give added benefit of virtually one to one tuition.  I did my first foot massage that evening and she fell asleep! She thoroughly enjoyed it and is looking forward to a hand massage next time.” Valerie Mathieson, Beauty and Holistic Therapist.

Thanks for another fun and informative course yesterday. I did a body massage for a friend today and incorporated quite a few of the moves into the hand and foot parts. He really enjoyed it. Karen Wade, Massage Therapist.



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