One of the most hardworking parts of our body is often the most neglected. Between running, walking and enduring uncomfortable heels, our feet are always there for us no matter what. Having healthy feet not only makes them look good in shoes but also benefits us in many ways.
Foot massages, also known as reflexology is a therapeutic approach to address every part of the internal body from the eyes to the kidneys. Originating in China and Egypt, reflexology is an ancient remedy that is said to go back as far as 4,000 B.C.
Benefits of Reflexology:
1. Improves circulation
Sitting at our desks all day, skipping workouts and uncomfortable shoes impairs our circulation. It is hard to avoid a sedentary lifestyle because of our busy schedules, and suffer the negative consequences of it.
Signs of poor circulation include numbness or tingling sensations. A foot massage will help improve circulation and get the blood flowing throughout your body.
2. Relieves pain caused by migraines or headaches
Our feet have certain pressure points that connect to the rest of the body. Pushing on these pressure points can help relax the muscles and tissues that cause migraines or headaches.
Studies have shown that patients who resort to reflexology report a lower number of migraines or headaches and have reduced the intake of medication as a result.
3. Reduces feelings of anxiety and depression
Anxiety and depression are few of the most common mental illnesses that affect millions of people worldwide. Individuals that suffer from anxiety and depression experience panic attacks, mood swings and changes the way we feel about life.
Even though traditional medication can help treat these symptoms, giving ourselves a good foot massage can promote psychological well being. We have certain pressure points on our feet that not only relaxes us but also helps to keep us in a balanced state of mind.
Foot massages naturally induce endorphins, reduce stress levels and decongest energy pathways in the nervous system to enable a healthy flow.
4. Promotes sleep
If you suffer from insomnia or wake up multiple times a night, reflexology could be the answer to help you sleep better. Massaging the pressure points in between the top of your feet will help you relax and remove all your stress from your busy day. Perform this activity right before you go to bed to feel a difference.
5. Lowers high blood pressure (Hypertension)
Having high blood pressure can increase the risk of heart problems, kidney issues and the chances of suffering a stroke. Hypertension might be unavoidable due to our lifestyle, but the good news is that giving yourself regular foot massages can help.
Reflexology has proven to lower blood pressure, improve mood swings and reduce anxiety.
6. Relieves symptoms of cancer, and multiple sclerosis
Cancer patients who undergo chemotherapy often suffer from pain, fatigue, and nausea. Sometimes medication may not be the answer and that’s when reflexology comes in. Patients have experienced relief from most symptoms due to cancer and have reported having reduced feelings of stress.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that has to do with the central nervous system. Regular foot massages can help alleviate pain and feelings of fatigue which are both major side effects of MS.
7. Boosts the immune system
Reflexology works with the central nervous system and helps with flushing out harmful toxins from the body. By taking a few minutes out of your day to massage those overworked feet, you could be preventing a cold or even a fever.
Tips for Giving Yourself a Foot Massage
- Make sure you are in a comfortable position.
- It is recommended to use essential oils that contain healing properties for maximum effect.
- Use both hands and settle on the amount of pressure you want to use on your feet.
- Massage all parts of the feet including the toes, ends of the heels and the arch.
- Move your hands in circular motions when massaging the feet.
- Practice giving yourself regular massages – at least 3 – 5 times a week.
- Research the web for more information if you want to know more about the symptoms you are experiencing.
- Call your doctor or a specialized reflexologist for professional help.
Practice massaging your feet every night and feel the difference it makes to your body. Make sure to always consult your doctor before trying out alternative remedies.
It’s time to pamper our feet and give it a well-deserved foot massage.
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