Amazing Foot Massage Effects
Our feet do a lot for us. They carry us around all day, bear the brunt of our morning jog and endure countless evenings in uncomfortable and restrictive shoes.
Despite all this, they are usually sorely neglected! A healing foot massage is one way we can treat our feet (or if we are lucky, get someone else to treat our feet!) while benefiting our whole body.
Foot massage dates back over 5,000 years to ancient Egypt and China! Based on these ancient practices, reflexology came about and was introduced to the United States in 1913.
Reflexology involves applying pressure to the feet in order to affect a physical change in the body. Placement of the pressure is based on a complex system of zones and reflex areas that correspond to other parts of the body.
Both simple foot massage and reflexology can offer a surprising number of health benefits including the following:
- Relaxation and Stress Relief
- Better Sleep
- Improved Circulation
- Lower Blood Pressure
- Injury Prevention and Faster Recovery
- Alleviation of Headaches and Migraines
- Decreased Feelings of Anxiety
Any type of massage can be relaxing, and can help you let go of the stress you are carrying in your body. Many people tend to consider the neck, shoulders and back as the primary places to massage when looking for stress relief.
But a foot massage can be just as effective at easing your worries. 2013 research found that staff who took care of dementia patients – a stressful and demanding role – experienced lower levels of anxiety and better moods after just ten minutes of foot massage.
“Just one of the incredible benefits of reflexology is its ability to help you overcome disturbed sleeping patterns and insomnia.
Massaging your feet before you go to bed will help you relax and let go of the day’s stresses. To enjoy a really deep sleep, pay special attention to the solar plexus reflex which houses a lot of your stress.
Thanks to our sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise and restrictive footwear our circulation is often impaired.
Ever endure cold or numb feet? Get a tingling in your toes for no reason? Or perhaps you suffer chilblains. These are all signs of poor circulation in the feet – something which can be greatly improved upon with regular foot massages. Read more