Foot Massage Therapy - An Introduction to Reflexology

Foot massage therapy is a form of professional massage that focuses on the feet. Some practitioners also offer these services for the hands, and it is commonly referred to as a reflexology.

If you have someone in your life who is willing to participate, you can even learn how to apply this form of massage at home. It comes down to where you touch, how hard you press, and how much time you spend working each part of the foot or even the ankle and calf.

Can Foot Massage Therapy Help You?

Many people go in for regular foot massages or even have loved ones perform the massages at home. You can do this just to relax or relieve the pressure or strain placed on your feet, ankles, and calves from daily life.

If one or more of the following conditions apply to you, then you have even greater reasons to call your local massage therapist, or learn how to perform reflexology at home:

  • You have arthritis in your feet or hands. Reflexology is often performed on the hands as well as the feet and may extend into your lower arms and legs if needed.
  • You suffer from an autoimmune disorder that causes pain, stiffness, soreness, or swelling in your feet, legs, or arms.
  • You are increasing your activity level and are feeling a little sore as your body adjusts. It often helps your body to heal if you receive a gentle but deep massage at the right points, and that includes your tired feet.
  • You have plantar fasciitis. Foot massage therapists have the magic touch to ease your pain, especially if you receive routine treatments.
  • Your daily life is stressful. Foot massage therapy is incredibly relaxing and can become a healthy part of your stress management system.

Roots of ReflexologyI love this chart! I actually refer to it after a foot massage when a certain point is unusually sensitive. It's always spot on.

If you believe in the traditional Chinese or Japanese roots of reflexology, you may consider booking an appointment to treat any type of medical condition impacting any area of your body. Practitioners of these ancient arts believe that touching certain areas of the feet can trigger changes in various parts of the body, leading to improved health for virtually any ailment. This isn’t the application that many massage professionals follow today, but it is something that you might want to learn more about if you’re a believer in Ancient Chinese Medicine.

How to Get Started with Foot Massage Therapy

The simplest way to take advantage of reflexology is to look for a local service provider. You may find practitioners referring to modern foot massage therapy, which typically employs Swedish massage techniques, or to the more holistic Chinese and Japanese approach. Either way, you will benefit from an incredibly relaxing massage session that can help relieve pain in the feet and ankles or even in other areas of your body.

If you would prefer to receive foot massages from someone you trust at home, there are many guides to reflexology online. This is a great idea for at bedtime to ease you into dreamland.

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