Foot massage has been practiced in many cultures for centuries as a way to promote health and well being. Today, foot massage is used by millions around the globe as a form of complementary and alternative medicine. Yet many people don’t realize the mass of benefits a foot massage delivers. Many of your internal organ sensory nerves are in your feet. Through massage, a skilled practitioner can use your foot as a kind of detailed body map, and can help treat health ailments by applying pressure on the meridian points that correspond to specific organs. This pressure effectively sends energy to weakened or troubled areas of the body, promoting both physical and psychological health.
Receiving a foot massage can:
Nausea and pain relief
If you experience nausea or general pain, a foot massage may provide you with some relief. A study was conducted by the University of Canberra in Australia to learn if foot massage can be used as a healing tool for patients hospitalized with cancer. Eighty-seven patients were given foot massages of four-minute increments per foot, which were found to have an instant beneficial effect on their feelings of nausea, pain and relaxation the study discovered that foot massage can be an effective complementary treatment for cancer patients to decrease symptoms of pain and nausea during their illness.
Helps with migraine and related health issues
It has been scientifically proven that reflexology treatment shows great improvement in people suffering from migraines and headaches. Pressing certain parts of the foot can treat some diseases and can also reduce the pain.
It could be you are like most people who live fairly sedentary lifestyles, especially if you have an office job that requires you to sit in front of a computer all day. As a result, your foot muscles aren’t getting regular exercise and your circulation is impeded by tight shoes. A quick foot massage (10 to 20 minutes) as part of your bedtime ritual will do wonders for your circulation. If you suffer from diabetes, foot health should be at the top of your priority list, and nightly massage can help.
Nail and toe care
Foot massages are a great way to avoid painful foot, toe and nail problems. Using a moisturizing massage cream can prevent dry, cracked, painful heels that can lead to fissures and infections. Massaging cream into your toenails and cuticles will keep them hydrated and can help avoid the onset of thick, yellow or calloused skin and nail problems.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Massaging the feet for 10 minutes before sleep improves one’s mood, lowers anxiety and simultaneously lowers and regulates high blood pressure levels.
Reduction of stress and fatigue
Based on the results of a study carried out by members of the Department of Nursing at the Songwon College, South Korea, it was shown that a foot massage therapy significantly reduced stress and fatigue women who were approaching the menopausal stage. Along with these benefits, it was further noted that these women had improved their blood circulation.
Whether you receive it from yourself or from someone else, a few minutes of foot massage before going to bed is definitely something you’ll enjoy and benefit from. Don’t forget the warm towels and the oils / lotions for an all out spa-at-home feel.