History has proven that the feet play a bigger role than you can ever imagine. Not just for walking…the feet have a connection to every part of the body. (from head to toe and everything in between)
The foot massage has been known in many cultures including Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The physician’s tombs in 2500 and 3000 BC Egypt show hieroglyphics of the physician applying pressure with his hands to the soles of his patient’s foot. And as far back as 5000 years ago in India, the feet were thought to symbolize the unity of the entire universe.
The application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears is known as reflexology. It was recognized first in the late 1800’s for its psychological benefits in Russia. A Reflexologists understands that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems, and that pressing them has a beneficial effect on the organs and person’s general health.
The reflexologist will relax the feet through flexing and similar motions. Then they will apply the appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears using specific thumb, finger and hand techniques without the use of oil, lotion or creams starting at the tips of the toes and down to the heels on top and bottom of the feet and to the knees.
- Engaging a nerve in your big toe, for example, could reduce tension in your head and relieve a headache.
- Applying pressure to your heel could aid in digestion. Reflexology has even been used to aid in treatment for serious conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
- Research has shown that reflexology has four primary effects:
- It can impact specific organs, such as by increasing blood flow to the kidneys.
- It can bring about an amelioration of specific symptoms by helping organs function properly.
- It can create a relaxation effect and reduce anxiety.
- It can relieve pain throughout the body.
A new study offers the strongest evidence yet that reflexology — a type of specialized foot massage practiced since the age of pharaohs — can help cancer patients manage their symptoms and perform daily tasks. (” Michigan State University,” 2012)
Aside from the health benefits of foot massages, they just feel GOOD!!! Who wouldn’t want to come home from a long day of work to a relaxing foot massage? Give a “Valentine’s Day” or “Any Day” foot massage. Set the stage with AMBIENCE…massage oil, a few scented candles and light music to set the perfect mood. (Note: This is for the feel good factor. Not for the health benefits) This selfless act for your significant other will reap benefits for the both of you because the feet are a great starting point and offer easy transition to more powerful erogenous zones like the back of the knees and inner thighs. PROMISE!!!