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HEALTH BENEFITS OF REFLEXOLOGY AND FOOT MASSAGE

Nina J. Monday, October 29, 2018

Reflexology is more than a glorified foot rub – it can help release tensions that can have an effect on the whole of your body. Reflexology is an ancient healing practice based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to the body's different organs and glands. The human foot is an evolutionary marvel, capable of handling hundreds of tons of force and your weight in motion. It has 42 muscles, 26 bones, 33 joints, 250,000 sweat glands and at least 50 ligaments and tendons. In particular the feet has almost 15,000 nerve endings.

A foot massage can feel like heaven if you’ve been on your feet all day. However, reflexology, based on the Chinese principle that certain areas on the soles of your feet correspond to other parts of the body, also aims to improve organ function by massaging those specific areas.

Our foot which bears the weight of the whole body, allows locomotion and does a lot of work. Still they are the least pampered part of the body. To pamper your feet and keep them strong and flexible, a daily foot massage for a few minutes is good option. A regular foot massage along with reflexology helps in promoting physiological as well as physical health.

So, in reflexology pressure is applied to these reflexes on the feet, which promotes good health. Here are some health benefits of foot massage and reflexology:

Improves blood circulation:

Due to a sedentary lifestyle, we don't use the feet muscles properly and wear tight footwear, all this hampers the circulation of feet. A 10 minutes of foot massage daily, helps in transporting oxygen to the body's cells, which is essential for overall health.

Fights depression:

Foot massage and reflexology helps in fighting depression. Certain points on the feet are helpful in alleviating depression symptoms. Massaging these points or applying pressure to them for a few minutes 2 or 3 times a day can help relieve symptoms of depression.

Helps in relaxation:

After a tiring and stressful day, a foot massage is a soothing and relaxing way to relax. Massage and reflexology of 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed can improve feelings of general well-being.

Promotes better sleep:

The best time to do foot massage is before going to bed. A soothing and relaxing foot massage improves the blood circulation. This helps in getting a peaceful sleep.

Relieves body pains:

This is the best part of reflexology. If done carefully, it treats pains and aches such as headaches, migraines, neck pain, lower and upper backaches.

Eases PMS and Menopause system:

Many women suffer from symptoms like feelings of sadness, irritability, insomnia, bloating, fatigue, headaches and mood swings during premenstrual syndrome (PMS). This can be treated by simple foot massage on daily basis.

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