We all have active and busy lifestyles and our feet always bear the weight, they move us around and ground us to the earth, but they do not get a lot of attention in return.

That is starting to change nowadays with the new trend of getting a foot massage in the spa treatments for indulgence and relaxation.

In a lot of cultures, foot reflexology is a standard health treatment which is used for the whole body.


What are the roots of reflexology?

Massaging the feet for health purposes originates from ancient Egypt and China and was believed to spread in the time of the Roman Empire. However, it was not up until the last hundreds of years that doctors and therapist started to show interest and organ mapping and specific zone was documented. These developments led the way to the modern foot reflexology practices.

Reflexology can mean something for your health.

You can improve your general health, maintain proper organ function and treat existing ailments by using reflexology where particular acupressure points on your feet are pressed or massaged.

Take a look at some of the most usual benefits of reflexology and foot massage:

  • Stimulates nerves and muscles.
  • Reduces stiffness.
  • Eliminates fatigue and stress.
  • Improves blood circulation.
  • Reduces the blood pressure
  • Stimulates the lymphatic system.
  • Improves the immune system.
  • Increases the metabolism.
  • Relieves migraines and headaches.
  • Relieves pain.
  • Frees the energy flow.
  • Normalizes the body functions.
  • Leads to better sleep.

Anyone can do it.

It is quite easy to do a foot massage. Take a look at this reflexology chart or you can watch these YouTube videos Video 1 and video 2  and learn something about reflexology.

  1. Wash your feet. This will warm and clean them.
  2. Use lubricant in order to make the massage smoother. You can also add essential oils like peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, or tea tree essential oils combined with your usual skin lotion, carrier oils like coconut oil or sweet almond oil.
  3. Start with your toes. Twist, pull and squeeze each toe one by one. Move from the joint to the tip and from the largest to the smallest toe.
  4. Use both thumbs and massage the foot soles from top to bottom, and put a strong pressure on every spot for a few seconds. Concentrate on your pains and aches.
  5. Massage the ankles, heels and Achilles areas.
  6. Remember the tops of the feet. There are reflexology points in that area too.
  7. Do this for the other foot as well.
  8. You should massage your feet every night, as recommended by experts.

Source: www.healthy holistic living.com

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