We often joke about wanting a foot rub but when was the last time you actually had a foot reflexology massage?
Our feet carry the full weight of our bodies every day whether you only walk 1 mile or 100 miles. Even if you’re wearing shoes your feet are usually the point of contact between you and the tough outside world. For what are actually quite small parts of our body they deal with a huge level of activity, which is why at the end of the day we love to put our feet up.
Keeping our feet in good working condition is therefore very important, but what you may not know is that the feet actually have a big impact on the rest of the body as well. Connected to your whole body through your nervous system, bone structure (where your feet are the main point of load transfer externally) and major leg muscles you will find that relaxing your feet will have resulting effects on the rest of your body as well.
Reflexology is an ancient technique based on the principle that there are reflex points on the feet that correspond to various areas of the body. Over the years, research has shown that stimulating these reflex points can deliver many benefits.
Using moderate pressure and pinpointing specific parts of your feet to massage away the tension not only will it help to relieve pressure on your feet, you will find your whole body begins to be relaxed as well. By bringing your body into a state of balance and equilibrium many people who experience reflexology can help relieve tension in the rest of the body as much as, if not more than, a full body massage.
One large review by Kunz and Kunz (2008) summarised 168 research studies from around the world and concluded that reflexology may:
There is no question that reflexology can put a spring in your step. A single 30 minute treatment with a professional therapist can make a difference so why not give it a go now! In fact you don’t have to run around in circles looking for a fabulous reflexologist, we have some excellent ones here at Bali Health Lounge!
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