How to Warm Up Your Cold Hands and Feet (Massage Monday #488)

My friend is suffering from occasional cold hands and feet. So this week I’m going to show several ways to warm up your cold hands and feet with her in mind but I’m sure it will help many others too.

When you have cold hands and feet, I think it is the best if you can soak in a nice warm bath or have nice foot bath and hand bath. But if you don’t have an access to a nice bath, do these to help warm them up.

Rotate Foot

Grab the ankle with one hand. Weave fingers between the toes and rotate the ankle in one direction 10 times. I’m learning more and more about the importance of having flexible ankles and this is very helpful. Then rotate in the other direction 10 times.

Pump/Shake/Rub Toes

Then pump the toes with weaved fingers 10 times. Think of squeezing a sponge to let the blood in and out. And give a little shake and rub to each toe one by one.

Repeat on the other side.

Open/Close Feet

Close your feet and open your feet. Close your feet and open your feet by really spreading your toes. Repeat this 10 times.

Rotate Wrist

Weave the fingers and rotate wrist 10 times in one direction. Then 10 times in the other direction.

Pump/Shake/Rub Fingers

Pump the fingers 10 times. Shake each finger one by one and rub each finger upwards. It’s easy to see the blood flow in the fingertips.

Repeat on the other side.

Open/Close Hands

Close your hands with your thumbs inside and open your hands. Repeat this 10 times.

You can do the ankle and wrist rotations and close/open of the hands and feet at the same time if you are sitting or lying in bed.

Bounce with loose hands

Next, bounce with loose arms and hands. Keep your hands really loose like you are shaking water off your hands. This actually energizes the entire body. I learned this technique from Dr. John Gray, the author of Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus. I don’t know if the centripetal force helps the blood to get to the fingertips but it sure feels that way. I like to keep my heels up a little and not quite touch the ground to work on my calf muscles but if it’s too much just use your knees to bounce.

Create energy ball

Another thing I do for cold hands is to play with an energy ball. This is easy if you practice an energy work such as Reiki or Qigong exercise. Basically, you create an energy ball between your hands. You can turn it and press it between the hands. I think my hands get activated when I massage but this helps to heat up my hands.

I hope you find at least one that will help you with the cold hands and feet.

Massage Monday #488 How to Warm Up Your Cold Hands and Feet