Our feet do a lot of work. Do you care for them as much as you should?
Foot massage dates back to 2330 BC. An Ancient Egyptian pictograph from the era reveals a practice of healing the body similar to reflexology. The tradition extended into China and India in the years to come.
Reflexology, which came onto the scene in the 1800s, focuses on the way the application of pressure to specific parts of the hands or feet positively affects the body.
Today, we often neglect our feet despite how much we use them. In this article, we’ll discuss the specific ways a daily foot massage improves your quality of life.
Improved Blood Circulation Through Foot Massage
Most people lead sedentary lifestyles.
We work from 9 to 5 glued to our seat, staring at a computer screen. As a result, we don’t work to exert our muscles as much as needed.
Many people choose unsupportive footwear. This results in bad circulation in our feet.
A 10-minute daily massage for your feet helps improve circulation. This massage helps your body transport oxygen to the cells in your body.
Improved blood circulation impacts your relaxation. A regular foot massage relaxes your nerves.
You’ll sleep like a baby in no time!
Helps Fight Depression
Daily massage improves mood. It helps boost serotonin, your brain’s ‘feel good’ chemical.
A 2010 study from the Journal of Clinical Nursing claims daily massage can help someone deal with the loss of a loved one better than someone who does not receive daily massage.
Helps Chronic Migraine Pain
It’s not secret massage helps rid you of aches and pains throughout your body. But did you know that foot massage can aid in migraine relief?
A study conducted in Denmark concluded people who suffered from headaches and migraines showed serious improvement after receiving reflexology massage.
The subjects of the study stopped taking their medication. Three months after completing regular reflexology treatment 65% had reduced symptoms. A small number reported that they no longer experienced any symptoms.
Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure results from many things. Stress, an unhealthy diet, genetics, and even environmental factors cause high blood pressure.
Daily massage can help lower your blood pressure by improving your mood, relaxing your mind and body, and lowering anxiety levels.
Helps Relieve Symptoms of PMS and Menopause
PMS causes symptoms like sadness, anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, and headaches. Daily massage alleviates these symptoms.
A study performed by the California Graduate Institute’s Division of Behavioral Medicine found that women who engage with reflexology reported fewer symptoms of PMS than the control group.
You only need 10 to 15 minutes per day to massage your feet.
We recommend using warm sesame oil during your massage. Apply it to your hands and rub in circular motions up and down your feet.
Daily foot massage can pack a big punch when it comes to your quality of life. It’s time to put your health first and invest in a daily foot massage!