Mothers day is fast approaching. It is a day for celebrating our mums. We think about all of the things they have done for us over the years, nurturing us, encouraging us, teaching us to be the best person we can be. They laugh with us, cry with us, worry about us most of the time (even when we don’t realise there is anything to worry about!) My own mum is an amazing woman: she is one of the strongest people I know, fiercely passionate and protective of her family. I'm a very lucky daughter and strive to be as good a mum as her.
So, to celebrate all mums, I have a small gift for you all to give to your own mum - the gift of massage. Massage can be a very powerful experience. Human skin to skin contact is both nurturing and bonding - you will be amazed at what a lovely thing it is to do for someone else. So, below are some simple instructions for how to give a hand massage.
Sit opposite each other, ideally at a table so your mum can rest her arm on the table. Place a towel on the table to make it more comfortable and warm. Use a little bit of oil (it doesn’t need to be anything fancy, a simple sunflower oil or coconut oil would be lovely, or a rich hand cream if your mum would prefer). Take one hand at a time.
Apply a small amount of oil or cream to your hands, then taking her hand, stroke your hand over the back of her fingers, hand and wrist. Turn her hand over and stroke up from fingers to wrist and back down. Do this a few times until the hand is feeling nicely smooth and your hand glides over easily with the oil. You can always use more oil if it doesn’t feel like enough.
Massage the back of the hand, holding mum's hand in yours, palm down, using both of your thumbs in the shape of butterfly wings from the middle of the hand, up round and down to the start. With your thumb on top of the hand and index finger beneath the hand, make small circles with your thumb up from each knuckle in turn all the way up to the wrist.
Massage the fingers, holding the hand palm down. Take each finger in turn, gently squeeze from the tip of the finger all the way up to the top. After finishing each finger, give each finger a squeeze using your whole hand over the whole finger.
Massage the wrist using both thumbs in small static circles, starting from the centre and working out towards the sides.
Massage the palm of the hand, buy turning her hand over and holding it in both of yours. Start with butterfly wings, then using the same circular movements as before massage the whole of the palm from middle of the palm towards the sides. Next, with a loose fist, keep the thumb still and circle the knuckles away, covering the whole of the palm.
Rotate the wrist by interlacing your fingers with hers, and gently rotating the wrist slowly first in one direction, then the other.
Finish the hand by holding it in yours, palm down, and stroking your hand from fingers up to wrist and back down again.
Repeat on the other hand.
A glass of water or a cup of tea now would be great, so that your mum can sit and relax for a few minutes. Happy Mothers Day to all the lovely mums out there!