Bah! Sore Hands
Cause: Carrying shopping bags and writing cards. Your hands are one of your hardest-working body parts at any time of the year. During the run-up to the holidays, they’re pulling a double shift.
Aah! To soothe hand muscles, try the following techniques from Yamuna Zake, creator of Yamuna Body Logic and Yamuna Body Rolling, a movement studio in New York City. Stand over a table and place your palms flat on it; spread your fingers, then press against the table for 15 seconds. Turn your palms around so your fingertips are facing your legs and press again. Next, hold your right hand in front of you, palm down, and spread your fingers. Use your left thumb to firmly press each of the webs between the fingers, one by one, toward the wrist. Repeat with the opposite hand and thumb. “All this compressing and letting go increases circulation to the hands and relaxes them,” says Zake.