Our feet bear the load of our entire body throughout our lives. Whether walking, running, or playing, our feet support us and withstand all the strain of having to support our entire body weight. The area of the foot is very small as compared to the whole body, and as such a lot of pressure is exerted on them. Although feet are designed to take this pressure, walking on hard concrete surfaces, wearing tight restrictive shoes, or high heels, and having bad posture all affect the feet adversely.
The benefits of foot massage are many, and recipients say they are more than worth their weight in gold. Foot massage has been practiced for centuries, and still popular for good reason. With more than 7,000 nerves in the feet waiting to be stimulated, you may find that foot massage is very powerful in detox, relaxation, and rejuvenation!
Building Immune System:
Massaging the feet can alleviate anxiety and bring about a deep state of relaxation. One important point that is situated on both feet is the solar plexus reflex. The solar plexus is where all your stress is stored and when the solar plexus point is pressed on, stress is released and the body is renewed. Relaxing the body through foot massage may prevent the harmful effects of stress from taking a toll on the body. A regular foot massage can offer protection against the many diseases that are associated with stress.
Improved Circulation and Cleansing:
The blood that circulates through the body is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrition to the body’s cells. The blood also cleanses waste and toxins from the body. Because blood flow becomes limited when stress is present, foot massage can be beneficial as it decreases stress and allows the circulation of blood to flow unimpeded.
Reducing Pain and Nausea:
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.
Multiple Sclerosis Relief:
Reflexology can improve symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis. In a study conducted by the Department of Orthopedic Rehabilitation of Sheba Medical Center, 53 multiple sclerosis patients completed an 11-week series of reflexology treatments. The reflexology treatments included manual pressure and massage of specific points on the feet and calf areas. The reflexology treatments proved beneficial in lessening sensory, motor and urinary symptoms in the multiple sclerosis patients.
In the end, foot massages allow your body to relax and rejuvenate, provide you a sense of enjoyment, but more than that stimulate health and wellbeing! We spend so little time thanking our feet, I guarantee they will appreciate the extra TLC! Have a treatment with Keiko at MPS in as quick as 15 minutes!
Wishing you a spring in your step,