Reflexology of the Foot

Reflexology of the foot

So how has your weekend been going?   I have had a great weekend so far, catching up with an old friend and then having a date night with my husband.  Today is the first night of Hannukah, so we are going to a Hannukah party at our local temple.  My schedule has been pretty hectic because of the holidays and I am sure yours has been too.  Even though, the holiday season is a great time of year, it can also be a stressful time too, between holiday parties, fighting crowds at the local malls, and just trying to get everything done on your expanding list of to do’s.  It can get over whelming. One of the most effective ways for me to relieve stress besides exercising is having a message (reflexology).  I love to be pampered.  Don’t we all?

reflexology
reflexology

But did you know that when you message your feet, after those long hard days, you may actually be practicing reflexology? According to the ancient therapy of reflexology by applying  appropriate pressure to specific points  on the feet, hands, or ears that correspond to different body organs and systems, there are beneficial effects on the organs and person’s general health. For example, reflexology holds that a specific spot in the arch of the foot corresponds to the bladder. When a reflexology practitioner uses thumbs or fingers to apply appropriate pressure to this area, it affects bladder function.

Massaging your feet in different places is linked to better health in different parts of the body. Not only that, but it can lead to greater relaxation, less stress, and even greater sexual desire (if only it was that easy).

Massaging your feet also helps improve blood circulation, relieves numerous disease, and helps maintain proper balance.  It may help if you have restless leg syndrome, or improve your sleep.  In pregnant woman, it has been shown to reduce the effects of edema on their bodies.  It is also great for your skin.

Massaging the big toe is good for your lungs and brain. The second, third and fourth toes are good for relieving tooth pain. The pinky toe is a great massage point for ear aches. The image above from OM Feet is a great guide for the ideal results.

So now when you start to message your feet after along day, pay attention to how your bodies feels after it.

Have you had any experience with reflexology before?

 

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8 thoughts on “Reflexology of the Foot

  1. As I read this I have a very cranky left foot from running a half yesterday and a massage would be perfect. Maybe I will try to get an appointment. My last massage I noticed that when she worked on my feet my hamstrings loosened up, it is amazing how certain points impact you 🙂

    1. Also when you loosen up up the plant fascia it helps with the muscles of the leg. Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck with your cranky foot 🙂

  2. I haven’t had any experience with reflexology, but with my latest episode of PF, I’m open to anything!

  3. My mom used to have a book on it I remember glancing through but that’s the extent of my knowledge. I think it’s interesting though!

  4. Very interesting! I didn’t realize that massaging the feet could have so many benefits for other areas of the body!

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