Did you know that there are over 7.000 nerves in your feet? Foot massage and foot reflexology is an ancient art and many expert foot massages provide many health benefits like stress relief, restoring energy by removing blockages in the body, improves circulation and blood flow, corrects body posture, and the most important – it is very relaxing.
What is foot reflexology?
Reflexology is an Eastern medical science using the body’s natural energy (qi) to increase longevity and to heal. On the feet alone, there are many reflex areas that correspond to many other organs and points on the body for instance the liver, lungs, stomach etc.
How to give yourself a foot massage?
First of all, remove shoes, socks and jewelry. Wash your hands and feet in warm water and sit in quiet, calm and comfortable place. Place your right foot on top of your left thigh. Put massage oil on your hands and let’s get started:
Using both hands rotate your foot at the ankle. Place one hand on top of your foot and the other hand on your sole. Rub your hands back and forth across your foot in short strokes. Tailor your self-massage to your needs by using brisk strokes to stimulate (especially helpful for cold feet) or gentle strokes to soothe. Concentrating on the entire foot, toe to heel. With one hand, gently stretch your toes back. With the other hand, use a loose fist or an open palm and gently tap the sole of your foot to stimulate blood circulation. With hands wrapped around the foot, move your thumbs in rhythmic, kneading circles across the sole of the foot. Always make sure to press or hold the feet firmly. Pressing firmly yet in a gentle manner is the key to good foot massage technique.