Our feet play a very important role in our day-to-day activities. They are responsible for holding us up, moving us around, and grounding us to the earth, but many people are still not giving them the attention they deserve.
Luckily, this is starting to change since foot massage has become one of the new spa treatment trends for relaxation and indulgence.
While self-care is one great reason for a foot massage, in many cultures throughout the world, foot reflexology is a health regimen that is widely used for the whole body.
- The Roots of Reflexology
The art of foot reflexology massage is an ancient practice that dates back to Egypt and China. But, it was not until the last few centuries that there are records of therapists who studied and performed this practice and when more specific zone and organ mapping was documented. All those developments have led to the foot reflexology practices we have today.
- Health Benefits of Foot Reflexology
Foot reflexology can be simply described as an alternative therapy that enhances the distinctive healing mechanisms of the body. It involves massaging and pressuring of specific reflex points on the feet using a certain hand, finger, thumb techniques.
This simple practice is based on the premise that you can improve your overall health, treat existing ailments, and maintain proper function of your organs by applying pressure on your feet.
Here are some of the health benefits of foot massage and reflexology:
- Stimulates muscles and nerves
- Lessens stiffness
- Reduces stress and fatigue
- Improves blood circulation
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Helps reduce blood pressure
- Boosts the immune system
- Speeds up the metabolism
- Can relieve headaches and migraines
- Reduces pain
- Helps normalize body functions
- Improves sleep quality and increases sleep duration
- Unblocks energy flow
Foot massage is something that is easy to do, so even this brief knowledge about reflexology will allow you to get started. We have also included a foot reflexology chart, so take a look at it before you start. Also, watching a few Youtube videos can be very helpful; – Video 1, Video 2, and Video 3.
- Basic Message Steps
- First of all, wash your feet – this cleans and warms them.
- Use a lubricant to make the massage easier. Add 1-2 drops of lavender, peppermint, or tea tree essential oils mixed with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or sweet almond oil.
- Start with your toes. Squeeze, pull, and twist each toe one at a time, moving from the joint to the tip and the largest toe to the smallest.
- Massage the soles of your foot from top to bottom with both thumbs, and put strong pressure for a few seconds to each spot. Focus on your aches and pains or use the reflexology chart as your guide.
- Massage heels, ankles, and Achilles areas.
- Don’t forget about the tops of the feet – you have reflex points there too!
- Repeat these steps on the other foot.
- A vast majority of experts are recommending a foot massage every night for the best results.