If you’ve ever had a body massage, you know how much it can help relieve pain and tension and improve your overall well being. But did you know a foot massage can have similar effects on your body? Think about it: your feet are the body parts that get the most wear and tear every day. If anything, they should be getting the same regular care and maintenance you give other parts of your body. That’s where foot reflexology comes in.
Using the foot reflexology technique, a massage therapist applies pressure to different points in your foot, called zone therapy, to stimulate your nerves and improve blood flow. This helps treat pain, injury, and other tension caused by the intense impact your feet get from their environment every day. It targets different points in your foot to help with healing in corresponding areas of your body.
Getting frequent reflexology foot massages can have long-lasting benefits. Below is a list of some of the most notable payoffs of foot reflexology.
- Foot Reflexology Improves Mood
After all the standing and walking you do every day, a foot reflexology massage is a great way to soothe your muscles as well as your mind. As your massage therapist targets different areas of your foot, your body begins to balance the energy across various zones of the body, resulting in a physiological state of tranquility. This helps to reduce anxiety, depression, and stress.
- Foot Reflexology Promotes Better Sleep
The restorative effect that results from foot reflexology has a significant impact on your ability to relax, as it helps balance out energy throughout your body. This in turn encourages the return of your body to a state of equilibrium, which can help your mind with slowing down at night if you struggle with falling asleep. It also results in a more restful and peaceful sleep as there is a reduction in residual stress in your body.
- Foot Reflexology Improves Circulation
If you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk or staying sedentary in your daily life, you may not be getting the proper blood circulation to your lower body that it needs. This can lead to unnecessary pain or swelling in your feet. With foot reflexology, your massage therapist boosts blood flow throughout different zones of your body, helping stimulate the cycling of blood and oxygen more effectively.
- Foot Reflexology Improves Cognition
As blood flow improves with foot reflexology and your nervous system is activated, your brain’s neural pathways also become stimulated. Opening these neural pathways and flooding them with oxygen helps to speed up cognitive processes, and can even increase metabolism and energy creation in your body. The result is an improvement in your memory, focus, and mental energy. After getting regular foot reflexology massages, you may find that you are able to focus and stay alert for longer periods of time.
- Foot Reflexology Relieves Pain
One of the best parts of foot reflexology is its ability to treat pain. It uses a technique that stimulates the muscles in and around your feet, lessening stiffness and swelling. This can help especially if you suffer from edema, which is common during pregnancy.
It can also help significantly with the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. This is because the massage therapist uses pressure points to release tension in the heel, relieving some of the pain.
Furthermore, foot reflexology helps reduce tension all over the body. The increase in blood flow and circulation helps alleviate chronic pain such as headaches, migraines, and muscle aches.
If you’re ready to try foot reflexology and give your feet the treatment they deserve, book an appointment with us today. At Enhance MD Body and Skin Clinic, you can choose from a variety of massage therapy options depending on your body and wellness goals. Click here to schedule an appointment, or call us at 651-222-3127.
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Helen Castillo Delgado
Helen is a licensed massage therapist with a passion for kinesthetics. She enjoys helping clients to relieve stress, relax, and improve their overall wellness. Skilled in Deep Tissue Massages, Relaxation Massages, Prenatal Massages, and more, Helen customizes her massages to meet the goals and needs of her clients.