FOOT MASSAGE -BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY
Foot massage, why is it good for you? We are constantly on the move, living hectic life and feeling stressed. Our body is having difficulties to cope with so much physical and mental exhaustion and has to sometimes take a break to relax and nurture. Due to the frequent movements, our legs suffer extreme tiredness, especially the feet because a large number of hours we spend in footwear. Doesn’t matter how comfortable is our footwear our feet don’t breathe and relax enough. They eagerly wait for you to dedicate your time to them, few minutes with well-deserved relaxing massage. Foot massage is a great way to relax your feet.
Foot massage is derived from traditional Chinese medicine. Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques.
It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas to relieve tension. There are many types of reflexology, depending on the area that is massaged: foot reflexology, hand, face, ears, and eyes. The most widespread is foot reflexology, which is based on the principle of acupuncture points where every organ in the body has a certain point on the foot. Chinese reflexologists are practising foot reflexology over 3000 years and believe that massage contributes to the creation and establishment of balance Chi. Chi balance is a life force energy that permeates the human body and enhancing chi bring the body into a state of health. According to traditional Chinese reflexology, practitioners are pressing the thumb on any area in the hands and feet and they can identify which organs in the body have a certain dysfunction. They believe massage of hands and feet stimulates the nerves and thereby improves vitality of the body.
There are 4 types of school for foot reflexology:
- 1. Chinese school – based on traditional Chinese medicine theory involving five elements (wood, fire, metal, earth, water)
- 2. School of modern reflexology or American school (formed by the well-known American physiotherapist Eunice Ingham)
- 3. Thai school- practitioner with help of wooden object massage the foot and penetrates deep into tissue
- 4. South African school- based on the principle of foot reflexology that channels and free up emotions
Thera are a huge number of nerves located in the foot associated with organs, stimulating those nerves with the help of a foot massage can improve blood circulation, strengthen the immune system and help set in motion lymphatic drainage. This type of massage is also a great way to relieve pain in the legs and feet.
On the photo, you can see different points on the feet which represent a certain organ in your body. On the right foot are right side organs, while the left foot represents those on the left. Liver is on the left side of the left foot, stomach is on the left side of right foot and right side of the left foot. Stimulating and massaging these points can improve digestion and eliminate stomach ailments. The central part of the foot represents the spine because the spine is located in the middle of the body. According to reflexology, toes on the feet are directly linked to head i.e. brain. Pituitary and nose are connected with big toes on the feet. Massaging these parts of the feet can reduce headaches and migraines. The area just bellow the toes on the feet is associated with chests i.e lungs. The lower part of the foot belongs to pelvis. Kidneys are located in the middle part of the right and left foot.
Reflexology type of massage is an excellent tool for the prevention of health problems and the establishment of psychophysical balance in the body. It regenerates the vital functions of the body, soothe back pains, offers relaxation to body. The balance is very important for the healthy body, mind and spirit. When body is in dysfunction there is blockage in channeling energy and body is out of balance. Foot massage reduce stress because relaxes the nerves in the feet and gives the body the necessary recovery. Massage can also improve the quality of sleep.
Thera are many ways that you can massage your feet:
- 1. Self-massage- where you are massaging feet yourself
- 2. Book an appointment with masseur- who is specialist is reflexology massage, physical therapist or kinesiotherapists
- 3. Another option that will save you time to book masseur is or foot mat MINIBERG which is based on the principle of acupressure points which can also eliminate the pain in the feet, relax them, improve circulation and establish vital energy of your body.
You need to walk on MINIBERG 2-5 minutes each day. Walking on MINIBERG will provide to your feet and body complete relaxation. MINIBERG is very practical and easy to use either at home, office or holiday trip. This way you will relax your body and channel your energy. We recommend that you drink 2 decilitres of water before and after the foot massage to hydrate your body.
There are tremendous benefits to be achieved through regular massage. Whether your need to have a moment of relaxation, reduce muscle tension or attain relief from chronic pain, massage can enhance your overall sense of emotional and physical well-being. To find out which exact benefit massage has on our body and what other solution we are offering especially for neck and back massage visit the following link HERE.
People with serious health problems need to consult with doctor before beginning foot massage. Foot massage is not recommended for pregnant women, especially those who are in the first 3 months of pregnancy.