The weight of our active lifestyle always falls on our feet, so we need to pay a little attention to them and thank them for holding us up, moving us and grounding us to the earth.
We all know that one of the best spa treatments for relaxation and indulgence is the foot massage.
However, foot massage is not only beneficial for relaxing, but many cultures consider this reflexology to be a regular health regimen.
Let’s take a quick look back at the roots of reflexology.
Foot massage as a health treatment originates from China and Egypt and it was spread during the Roman Empire. But, over the last century doctors restored people’s interest in this practice and more specific zone and organ mapping has been documented. This has lead to the nowadays’ reflexology.
Reflexology can make a difference for your health.
Reflexology and acupressure of specific points on the feet is shown to improve the overall health, treat some ailments and maintain the proper function of your organs.
Here are some of the most common benefits of foot massage and reflexology:
- Lessens stiffness.
- Helps to lower blood pressure.
- Unblocks energy flow.
- Often relieves pain.
- Stimulates muscles and nerves.
- Reduces stress and fatigue.
- Improves blood circulation.
- Stimulates the lymphatic system
- Improves immunity.
- Boosts the metabolism
- Reduces migraines and headaches
- Normalizes body functions.
- Improves the sleep.
It’s simple enough for anyone to do.
The foot massage is relatively simple to do, thus even a brief introduction into reflexology will be of great help. If you prefer visual learning, watch the video instead going through the reflexology chart.
Basic massage steps:
- first, you need to wash your feet in order for them to be clean and warm
- use a lubricant to make the massage easier. If you use essential oils, you will benefit from that oil’s features. Add a couple of drops of peppermint, lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus oil to your skin lotion, or you can add some coconut or sweet almond oil.
- start from your toes by squeezing them, pulling them and twisting them, moving from the joints through the biggest toe to the smallest one.
- massage the soles of your feet, applying strong pressure for a few seconds to each spot. Focus on the points that ache or use reflexology chart as a guidance
- massage the ankles, the heels and the Achilles area
- reflexology points are also present on the top of the foot, so do not forget this part
- repeat the same on your both feet
- for best results, you should massage your feet every night, experts claim
you can start from tonight. Enjoy in this gift of a little nighttime self-care and then tell us how did it feel, or did it bring any changes to your lifestyle.
Source: HEALTHY FOOD ADVICE
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