- Promotes Relaxation
Reflex points have diverse functions and benefits. One of these points is the solar plexus reflex located at the feet and can be pinpointed by placing an imaginary line starting from the third toe downwards until the small balls of the feet is reached. This reflex point is the center of all stress and if pressure is administered on this point, stress can be released and relaxation and relief is achieved provided that it is done correctly.
- Improves Blood Circulation
Oxygen and nutrients are needed by the muscles and cells and these are transported through the blood. Poor circulation of blood is usually triggered by stress. Administering a foot massage aids in facilitating blood circulation by letting the body relax and preventing stress from overtaking the whole body.
- Helps with Edema
Edema, usually observed in the last trimester of pregnancy, refers to the swelling of the feet caused by fluid retention. To address this condition, a foot massage can be administered by a relative or a reflexologist.
- Promotes Better Sleep
Foot massage aids better sleeping as studies have found out. It helps relax the nerves, eliminates fatigue and promotes a deeper feeling of relaxation which would eventually lead to a peaceful sleep. It is highly recommended that the foot massage be done before going to bed as it yields the best results.
- Relieves Migraines
The changing weather, extreme stress, allergies, and even drinking alcohol can lead to migraines. For reflexologists, controlling a person’s Qi via the acupoints can cure migraines. While it is recommended to ask the opinion of a professional reflexologist, having a personal massage is likewise an option. A person can administer a massage to the whole ankles using moderate pressures using the thumb to provide relief. This method, however, should not be practiced by pregnant women because of the longstanding belief that pressure to the ankle’s acupoints may trigger labor.
- Fights Depression
Depression is a common condition experienced by many people at least once in their lives. Reflexology can be a good method to address this condition. For postmenopausal women, for example, reflexology aids in lessening depression according to a study conducted in 2002. A recommended massage to be done multiple times in a day is administering moderate thumb pressure at the center of the big toe which would foster a coping mechanism for depression as well as facilitate emotional stability.
Summing it all up:
The benefits of foot massage are:
- Promotes relaxation
- Improves blood circulation
- Helps alleviate Edema
- Promotes restful sleep
- Relieves migraines
- Fights depression