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I think I’ve reached “Peak Fatigue” this week. I could not be more tired. I know we’re not supposed to moan about being tired – let’s radiate positivity! – but when you feel as though you’ve been awake since November 1998 and your eyeballs seem to have been replaced with hot pebbles it’s difficult not to mention it. And anyway, I see people whining on about jet-lag all the time. Jet-lag is temporary! I’m on the eternal hamster wheel of sleeplessness!
I’m actually now a certified expert on “ways to try and stay awake” (Rightmove app, full fat Coke, Kindle screen on full glare) and “ways to quickly fall asleep” (bath, mini Magnum, Kindle screen on low glare) and can no longer remember what it’s like to sleep for more than three hours at a time.
Anyway, I do try to find more holistic ways of relaxing/energising myself than eating an ice cream/drinking a can of chemicals, and recently I have been partaking in a bit of hand massage. I’m not big on remembering to moisturise my hands – usually I only do it if I’ve tested out a particularly drying cleanser or shower gel (straight in the sin bin!) – but I’ve found that it can be quite a satisfying treat if you throw in a few stress-releasing massage moves. Add some gorgeous aromatherapy into the mix and you’ve got yourself an easy little ritual that can be performed whenever and wherever you like. (Bit more convenient than doing your feet – imagine taking your socks off on the tube and getting started on the old pressure points!)
I think that almost anything feels nice on your hands when you take the time to massage them – firm pressure on the palms, or at the base of the fingers, or pulling the fingers to release energy – but I took it upon myself to get some proper tips. I asked Dr Kaushal, an Ayurvedic doctor, to give me some pointers. He’s the father of the co-founder of Ayurvedic beauty brand Mauli – they make the most exquisite body oils and creams and washes that really lift the spirits quite considerably. I used their Reawaken Hand & Body Lotion for this massage – you can find it online here.
Here’s Dr Kaushal’s guide to massaging the Marma points in the hands to increase energy. It’s quite lovely to take a few minutes out to do this, hand cream or no, if you spend long periods of time typing on the computer or (even worse, I find) replying to emails on your iPhone.
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