Feet are important for body movement, for proper weight balance and for our entire body. However, they are usually neglected as when the day ends their main purpose has ended. Some of you may perform by yourself foot massage and that would be it. On the other hand, other cultures have developed many ways how the feet should be taken care of by implementing a daily regimen. One of those ways is foot reflexology which can be applied for the whole body, and therefore it is quite useful to start to implement it in your daily routine.
This is not a new term, it has been used even in ancient cultures like the Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, and in also Native American cultures. Reflexology was introduced in Europe in the fourteenth century, and was explained as pressuring certain areas on the feet, hands and ears.
Individual that use this method known as reflexologists consider that certain points and areas that are massaged are related to different body organs, and by performing the massage it actually helps the body organs for proper function thereby enhancing their health.
In the US National Library Of Medicine, there is a study which reveals that self-foot reflexology can be highly efficient in lowering stress and fatigue, also in improving blood flow.
Reflexology is also beneficial for the following health aspects: enhances immunity, boosts metabolism, lessens stiffness, assist in reducing blood pressure, promotes nerves and muscles, relieves pain, get rids of headaches and migraines, improves sleep, and normalizes body functions.
Use of Reflexology
If you want to improve circulation the best aim are organs like the lungs, heart, adrenal and parathyroid glands, ureters, bladder and kidneys.
- Step 1 Wash your feet with warm water.
- Step 2 Dry your feet with a clean towel and place yourself in a comfortable position.
- Step 3 Cross your legs, specifically your left leg onto your right leg, thereby resting your left ankle onto your right knee.
- Step 4 Next put your towel under your ankle so that you do not stain your clothes.
- Step 5 Then make a mixture consisted of 1 to 2 drops of lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, or tea tree essential oil with a 1 tbsp. of coconut oil.
- Step 6 Before applying warm the mixture with your hands.
- Step 7 Rub your foot in long, mild strokes from your ankles to your toes for a few minutes.
- Step 8 Then, squeeze, pull and twist each toe, one at a time, starting from the joint to the tip and from the biggest toe to the smallest.
- Step 9 Massage the soles of your foot by using both thumbs, and make a firm pressure for a couple of seconds to each area.
- Step 10 Massage each part of the foot: ankles, heels, and Achilles areas.
- Step 11 Massage the tops of your feet too.
- Step 12 When you finish put a clean sock and repeat the same procedure with the other foot.
For best outcomes, it is advisable to massage your feet each night, and also you can repeat the massage first thing in the morning or whenever you have cold hands or feet.
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