Feet aren’t pretty, but they sure are useful. Think about it, all day they carry you around, holding up your weight and provide proper balance. And yet, sore feet often go ignored at the end of a long day.
Many cultures have seen the importance of feet and have developed and perfected ways to ensure that they stay healthy.
While self-care is definitely a great reason for a foot massage, in many cultures, foot reflexology is a regular health regimen that is used for the whole body and here’s why you should start using it as well.
What Is Reflexology?
Reflexology has been used for the past 5000 years in Egyptian, Indian, Chinese and Native American societies. It’s also been present in Europe since the 14th century (1).
It’s described as the application of appropriate pressure to specific points and areas on the feet, hands, or ears.
Reflexologists believe that these areas and reflex points correspond to different body organs and systems in the body, and pressing them offers a beneficial effect on these areas as well as the person’s general health.
A study made available through the US National Library Of Medicine found that self-foot reflexology may be an effective nursing intervention in reducing perceived stress and fatigue and in improving blood circulation.
Reflexology is also said to:
- Stimulate muscles and nerves
- Lessen stiffness
- Stimulate the lymphatic system
- Help to lower blood pressure
- Improve immunity
- Increase metabolism
- Relieve headaches and migraines
- Relieve pain
- Normalize body functions
- Lead to better sleep