Foot massage benefits are widely acknowledged in the rest of the world, but Americans are just now embracing this fact. Foot massage first dates back to the late 1800’s in ancient Egypt and China, and then Europeans invented reflexology. This is also called Zone Therapy, which is applying pressure to areas of the feet (and hands) that correspond to other parts of your body. Because the principles of foot massage are not in alignment with Western medicine, reflexology has been slow to catch on in the USA.
The benefits of foot massage are numerous. Consider this: we are on our feet all day. Our feet are used and abused. They’re often the last thing we take care of despite being one of the most important and relied upon body parts. We change the oil in our cars, maintain our homes but most of us take our feet for granted and fail to look after them properly. Maybe you’ll rethink that when you learn that a foot massage is far more than just a foot massage.
- Cure colds/minor ailments
- Prevent/cure diseases
- Increase energy
- Improved mental and emotional state
- Helps with headaches and migraines
- Lowers blood pressure
- Relieve stress, pain, and anxiety
- Improve blood and lymph circulation
- Prevent injury
- Relieve pain from MS and chemotherapy
- Stimulate activity of internal organs
- Excellent for diabetics and treating neuropathy
- Helps alleviate depression
- Successfully treat liver dysfunction, constipation, IBS, chronic headaches, and skin allergies
- Relieve pressure on legs and feet in pregnant women
Why Foot Massage?
The Chinese believe that different areas of the body can be treated through reflex points. Painlessly massaging these points have proved to be effective in stimulating the nervous system and healing it. The entire human body is reflected onto the soles of your feet. For example, the tips of the toes are related to the head. The reflex points on the ball of the foot are connected to the chest and the heart. The pancreas, liver and kidney points are found on the arch of the foot. You will find the reflex points of the intestines and lower back on the heel of the foot. Foot reflexology benefits your entire being.
How Does It Feel?
It should not be painful or tickle. Reflexologists are trained to massage within comfort zones. People have experienced great boosts in health with regular foot massage. Taking care of your wellbeing should always a priority. Try a reflexology foot massage and enjoy feeling more energetic and refreshed.