Marlene Madison of Awakening People writes:
Undeniably, the activities of our daily living are accompanied by stress, tension, anxiety, depression and emotional pressures. As our lives become busier and busier every day, the long-term effects of these physical, social, and emotional pressures are also increasing.
Notably, one of the simplest and often overlooked effective solutions to these problems is a Reflexology. Essentially, foot massage is a non-intrusive health therapy that involves an application of pressure to specific areas, primarily on the lower legs and feet gently using specific fingers, thumb, and hand techniques; other areas may include hands, face or ears.
According to numerous therapists, it is based on the mechanism that these areas of the body induce reflex responses to different organs, specific bones, and systems in the body.
Thus, pressing them helps to create a therapeutic and beneficial effect not only on these organs and systems but also to the overall general health of a person. Though it has been used for centuries in ancient Chinese and Egyptians, a majority of people have yet to experience and realize its tremendous effects on the body. According to studies documented in Mayo Clinic, some of the surprising health benefits of foot therapy have been discussed below.
Stress is universal and may be manifested as a feeling of been overworked, overwhelmed, and spaced-out; alleviating stress is a crucial step in achieving a healthier lifestyle. Foot Massage helps to improve significantly the heart rate and regulate the insulin levels, which reduce daily stress. Besides, it regulates the secretion of cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone, which further enhances the stress relief.
Regular foot massage therapy improves long-term beneficial effects on the body like reducing the risks of high blood pressure. Ideally, it relaxes the blood vessels, which promote efficient blood circulation in the body. Besides, the effective blood flow eliminates lactic acid and waste products from the muscles, tissues, and the skin, which aids in the detoxification process as well as alleviating digestive disorders such as spastic colon, constipation and intestinal gas.
Foot Therapy provides a significant relief that prevent migraine headaches, back or muscle pain, shoulder pain, joint pain, and muscle injuries by relaxing and relieving muscle tension.
A regular foot Massage facilitates the flow of blood to the affected muscles, enhances nourishment of the muscular tissues, which reduces swelling and stiffness of the muscles and reduces or eliminates these persistent pains.
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