This is written in appreciation and recognition of one very important body part of us humans: our hands. Often neglected, they serve us relentlessly every single day and moment of our life. This is my way to thank them and introduce to you a new format of movement I created.
Have you ever looked at your hands and asked yourself how they move all by themselves?
It is the most simple thing but it is utterly magical. The intricate lines forming a work of art. Unique in this world, unique in all time.
We are timeless creators. And our hands are the tools given to us. They paint, build, write, record, shape, flow, craft, move.
What would we be without them? They are our silent helpers, never asking for anything in return. They touch, hold, push, pull, clean, fix, prepare, serve, secure.
Like everything in this world, they can be used for peace, or for war. They destroy, hurt, break, unbalance, kill.
They are just silent servants to our mind. Who creates, is us.
We need to respect this gift and use it to create, not to crush.
To touch our loved ones, to craft the project of our dreams, to write the story of our lives.
These words try to describe what I feel for this wondrous body part of mine – my hands. My hands move in different shapes, forms, directions and speed. Just as in martial arts, dance is a form of learning how to isolate different body parts and recognise their use and strengths. But I can tell you a lot, in the end, the real feeling is created from experience. I created a movement exploration session to help you to honour, feel and recognise your hands.
In this video, I will guide you through a 10-minute dance improvisation and moving meditation – connected to our two magical helpers. Feel for yourself what I try to convey with words. This session is separated in 3 parts:
- recognition – starting to see and recognize the uniqueness of our hands, adding small movements
- feeling – creative moving exercises to connect to your own flow of movement
- gratitude – ending with some hand-care and a gratitude meditation practice
MOVEMENT EXPLORATION seeks to bring out the creativity inside. To help you connect to different parts of you. To explore movement in every cell of your body. You don’t need anything more than yourself.
10 Hand(y) Facts
- Your hand has 27 bones, 29 joints and at least 123 ligaments.
2. You cannot get a tan on your palm or on the underside of your fingers.
3. No two human beings in the world have similar fingerprints.
4. Fingers do not have muscles, our fingers are moved by the muscles of the forearm.
5. Nine muscles control your thumb.
6. If you had to choose which finger to loose, surgeons say the index finger is needed the least.
7. Fingertips are more sensitive than eyes.
8. Touch increases the release of oxytocin, the “feel good hormone”.
9. Holding hands decreases levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
10. A large part of the area which controls movement in the brain is dedicated to moving your hands.
Gratitude and Hand-Care
Have you ever taken a moment to really look at your hands? Appreciating this intricate work of art, science and nature. Think of all the work and service they do for you every single day. It is time we recognise what we have and show respect and gratitude towards the smallest and unnoticed part of our being. Because the existence of the tiniest part makes it possible that we breathe, walk, laugh, love and live. Be grateful for your hands today. You can do a little self-care through:
- a gentle hand massage (this is a nice one)
- soft wrist rolls
- gentle stretching of your wrists and fingers
- a bath of olive oil to nourish your skin
Healthy nails, skin and joints determine the health of your hand – and actually influence your whole body. Did you know that you can see how healthy you are by looking at your nails? They reveal problems in your liver, heart and lungs. Everything is connected – the choices we make, the thoughts we think, the things and people we surround ourselves with, our feelings, nutrition, habits and routines. Remember, a healthy diet, exercise and a positive mindset help to maintain an overall healthy body. We need to learn to take care of all levels – body, mind and spirit.
Thank you for appreciating my art!