Regular foot massages can help ease stress and alleviate pain in the feet and lower legs, but the benefits of regular foot massages go far beyond simple relaxation and pain relief. They may even help you live longer.
1. Improved Circulation
Ever notice that when you rub your forehead it turns red temporarily? Massaging body tissues helps to stimulate blood flow to that part of the body. That is why regular foot massages can be especially beneficial to those who suffer from diseases that limit blood flow to the extremities, such as diabetes or Raynaud’s Disease. In these cases, improved circulation to the feet can sometimes greatly increase the life of the limb and improve overall sensation.
The ancient modality of reflexology tells us that various regions of the feet are intricately connected to various organs and tissues throughout the body. Thus, when we massage specific areas of the feet, we help to remove toxins and increase healthy blood flow to the rest of the body. reflexology is a very useful complement to other treatments for maladies such as stress, cancer, diabetes, and headaches.
3. Lower Blood Pressure
Along with improving circulation, there was a significant decrease in systolic pressure in test subjects who received repeated reflexology treatments over the life of the study. The study went on to note that triglyceride levels were also significantly lowered in subjects receiving reflexology.
4. Decreased Swelling
Edema is defined as the buildup of excess fluid due to trauma in a specific area of the body. Edemas can occur in the feet and legs of those with various conditions such as diabetes, heart problems, issues with the kidneys or in women who are pregnant, and dangerous, unhealthy levels of swelling can occur in these areas as a result.