This exercise is attributed to Franz Liszt. Whether Liszt really came up with this, I don't know, but it's good for a quick break after repetitive work, such as practicing with rhythms.
First squeeze both hands into fists as tight as you can squeeze. Hold for 3 or so seconds.
Next, open the hands, splaying the fingers as wide as you can.
Last, allow hands to drop, while keeping wrists in the same position as before. The fingers will drop. You'll be able to feel "the blood running into your fingers." Very relaxing. Repeat as needed.
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