One of the most relaxing things in the world is a foot massage. Our poor feet! They are often not given the care and consideration they really deserve. They carry us through our life, day after day; most of the time they do so without complaint. We only take notice of them when someone begins to massage them, or we experience some sort of ailment. It’s amazing how we go through life not considering our feet, then someone starts to massage them, and you realize how strained they actually are.
If we could get foot massages regularly, most of us would feel like we’ve died and gone to heaven. A lot of us, though, don’t feel like we can justify a foot massage simply because we have tired, achy feet. But what if massaging your feet didn’t just feel good? What if there were whole body benefits to a foot massage? Well, there are!
Why a Regular Foot Massage is a Great Idea
As was stated, our feet carry us through our life; they bear all of our weight, plus some when we carry groceries, our children, and huge purses or heavy backpacks. If you work in retail, you know most of your time spent at work is done standing. This puts immense pressure on your feet and legs, and as a result, extra pressure on your lower back and spine. The whole body is connected; when one part is experiencing pain or misalignment, other parts are soon to follow suit.
Wearing improperly fitting shoes, whether sneakers or high heels, can contribute to foot pain and often keeps feet confined in tight spaces, which crowd the muscles and bones.
Regular foot massage will ease muscle tension and reduce your risk for injury. Besides that, it feels great! In reality, though, massage therapy for the feet not only reduces the risk of injury to the bones of our body because of misalignment, but also contributes to the health of the organs of our body. The feet are truly amazing and ancient medicine recognized this, which is why the practitioners of old developed the wonderful foot massage therapy technique known today as reflexology.
A Brief Explanation of Reflexology
Reflexology is a method of massage therapy, which involves applying pressure to certain points in the feet, hands, and ears. You may have seen reflexology maps of the feet or hands online or in the offices of massage therapists and acupuncturists. These maps are based somewhat on acupuncture and the Traditional Chinese Medicine principle of energy meridians.
Energy meridians are like energy highways running throughout the body. Acupuncturists and those who employ acupressure practices know that stagnant energy along these meridians contributes to pain and disease. Needles or pressure are applied to certain areas to release stagnation and promote healthy flow again. These energy meridians correspond to the various organs and organ systems of the body.
Reflexology is based on this concept of certain areas of the foot, hand, or ear corresponding to other various parts of the body. In fact, if you’ve ever taken a moment to study the reflexology chart, you will see just about every organ or organ system is represented in some part on the foot. Part of the foot corresponds to the sinuses, another part to the heart and circulatory system, yet another part to your spine, stomach, intestines, and reproductive system. There is even an area on the foot corresponding to the brain and nervous system.
When you experience trauma or disease in a certain area of your body, you can assist the healing process with a reflexology focused massage therapy appointment. It is important to find a reflexologist who has been trained in this type of massage therapy so as to receive the greatest benefit. True, you can work off of a reflexology chart in your own home, but a reflexologist has been trained in ways to work the muscles and tissues to achieve the best result in the fastest amount of time.
What are the Benefits of Reflexology?
The massage therapy technique of reflexology has innumerous benefits because there’s not just one area of the body affected by the treatment. The whole body, every organ system, and nearly every organ is represented on the foot. Therefore, the whole body can benefit from reflexology treatment.
Reflexology can help you find relief from a cold or the flu by clearing up the sinuses. Granted, you won’t notice a huge difference in one session, but you will begin to notice some changes. One of the areas where you can experience a dramatic influence is in the lungs, especially if you suffer from asthma. When the area of the feet corresponding to the lungs is massaged, you will most likely notice the feeling of your lungs opening up and find it easier to breath.
If you suffer from PMS, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Endometriosis, Fibroids, or intense symptoms of menopause, reflexology may be able to give you some relief. Regular pressure to the reproductive area of the foot will contribute to healthy energy and blood flow in these areas and can ease painful symptoms.
Other benefits of reflexology include, but are not limited to:
- More energy
- Restful sleep
- Improved skin condition (reduced breakouts, rashes, etc.)
- Less pain
- Elimination of toxins
- Better digestion
- Emotional detoxification or release
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Better circulation of the blood, lymph, and energy
- Increased organ function
Reflexology is a wonderful tool your massage therapist can incorporate into your massage therapy session. With its amazing ability to improve organ function and health, you will begin to notice a difference after your first session. After multiple sessions, you will see definite manifestations of health with improved digestion, better skin tone, and less pain. Talk to your massage therapist today to see if you can add this incredible tool to your next massage therapy session.