You’ve been walking all week doing errands and work related stuff. Sometimes you even have to stand in line for hours wearing ill-fitting shoes. Your feet, among all others, begin to feel sore or numb. Now it’s a weekend but you have another week ahead with the same tasks and its scares you. What can you do to pamper your feet and thank them for not giving up on you when you needed them the most? Why not have a foot massage? Although our feet do a lot of work, they are the least pampered part of our body. So yes let’s have a foot rub but other than the fact that it feels good, what are the other foot massage benefits anyway?
Reflexology is the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears. It does so in order to affect a physical change in the body. Placement of the pressure is based on a complex system of zones and reflex areas that correspond to other parts of the body. Both a simple foot massage and reflexology techniques can offer a surprising number of health benefits. The three most important of them are mentioned here:
Have you ever experienced cold or numb feet after a week of walking and running? What about a tingling sensation in your toes? These are all signs of poor circulation in the feet and the causes are: a sedentary lifestyle, lack of exercise, and restrictive footwear. You can improve your blood circulation with 10 minutes of daily foot massage. This in turn will help transport oxygen to the body’s cells, which is essential for overall health.
Natural Pain Relief
You’re afraid to take pain meds because you know they only provide temporary relief. In addition, they have also shown to have adverse effects in the long run. So why not have a foot massage instead for natural pain relief? Tired and aching feet can always benefit from a foot rub but it doesn’t stop there. Foot massage can actually reduce pain in other areas of the body too! One of the studies supporting this claim was done in 2004 where patients who had just undergone an surgical procedure reported greater pain relief after a foot massage compared to those patients who were only given pain medications alone.
After a long tiring day, the best way to relax is a soothing and relaxing foot massage, particularly after a long day of standing and walking around. Regular foot massage sessions of 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed can improve feelings of general well-being too. Have your massage therapist use warm oil so that it easily penetrates deep in the skin which can result to maximum relaxation