Imagine a scenario; you come back tired from work, every muscle of your body aching. You have a set of practised hands working over each tense muscle, slowly unravelling and unknotting, for you to fall asleep like a baby. Starting from the foot of course. A foot massage is literally the starting point of any relaxing massage you would ever come across. That being said, how beneficial is it from the perspective of beauty? Well, a relaxed mind and body obviously affects the face in a positive manner. So yes, a foot massage is perfectly capable of bringing back the lost glow of your face.
In this article, we are going to talk all about it and we are convinced that by the end of it, you will surely be getting one done, either at home or at your salon, take your pick. Get ready for a relaxing ride ahead.
- What are the benefits of foot massage?
- 1. Improves circulation
- 2. Reduces stress
- 3. Reduces headaches
- 4. Prevents foot injuries
- 5. Lowers blood pressure
- 6. Helps with PMS symptoms
- 7. Beneficial for flat feet people
- 8. Reduces edema effect
- 9. Improves immunity
- 10. Amps up your sex life
What are the benefits of foot massage?
A foot massage predominantly helps relieve the pressure in the feet, thus improving the blood circulation and making the muscles flexible. This not only relieves the feet and the rest of the body of unnecessary pressure, but also allows for the free flow of healthy blood, thus improving the appearance of your feet. Do you want a pedicure? We say prioritise a foot massage first. It will ensure your pedicure works better.
1. Improves circulation
This is the most basic yet the most functional and important benefit of a foot massage. Our feet take all the burden. We walk, run, and carry everything, but it’s our feet that bear the brunt of it all. Another reason may be the right footwear that we wear, or even the heels that we use on the regular. Our muscles get knotted up and we often ignore it. Foot massages relieve that pressure by unknotting the stiff muscles and improving circulation. A better flow of blood improves feet health, making them look good. It also improves overall health. This is quite beneficial when you are suffering from high levels of sugar or even diabetes.
2. Reduces stress
Studies have proved that a massage, especially a foot massage, is instrumental in reducing stress and improving overall mental health issues. Stress often makes the muscles stiff, and the symptoms usually start from stiff feet. A professional foot massage by a trained professional can help relieve the pressure and ease your muscles, thus taking off the steam and stress. Look at the surveys on reflexology and you would know what we are talking about. Frequent foot massage sessions have also proven to be instrumental in reducing anxiety levels in cancer patients.
3. Reduces headaches
If you are someone who suffers from milder forms of migraine or even headaches, a foot massage is extremely beneficial for you. Various studies have proved that people who suffer from frequent headaches or even milder forms of migraine have been benefited by foot massages. However, be sure that your headache is not due to other serious medical complications. Overall, reflexology foot massages have been great at reducing persistent headaches that may be a result of a hectic lifestyle.
4. Prevents foot injuries
Consider foot massages as passive workouts. These improve flexibility by removing signs of stiffness and strengthen the muscles. This further prevents foot and ankle injuries which more often than not happen due to weaker and stiff muscles and tissues. Foot massages ensure that your feet get the requisite exercise, whether to aid movement after a past injury or to prevent future ones. Of course, the expertise of a professional is required if you have more serious forms of foot injury.
5. Lowers blood pressure
Are you someone who suffers from high blood pressure? Nothing works better than a soothing foot massage. Of course, we don’t recommend it as a replacement for medical advice, but this is surely a soothing coping mechanism, one that will aid the treatment well. Studies have shown that regular foot massages of no more than 10 minutes have proven to calm and curb blood pressure.
6. Helps with PMS symptoms
PMS is a real issue and a rampant one. Imagine one-half of the population suffering from constant bleeding and mood swings and hormonal issues coupled with it, for nearly a week. That is not an easy period to endure. Studies have shown that a foot massage is beneficial in helping with PMS and even menopause. It helps relieve the pressure and bring down the stress that comes with all the changes that are taking place inside the body, more specifically, inside the uterus.
7. Beneficial for flat feet people
Do you have flat feet? Because a foot massage is nothing short of a boon for you. Flat feet refers to a condition wherein the said person does not have a foot arch. This is further due to a laxity in the ligament. While in most cases people do go about their normal lives, flat feet may bring constant pain and exertion with minimal activity. A foot massage is great to improve flexibility and movement in such cases, and also in relieving the pressure and pain therein.
8. Reduces edema effect
Edema is a condition wherein fluid retention happens in the feet and ankles. This is quite a common condition in pregnant women. Foot massages help with that and have been popular with pregnant women for a long time. Edema is most common in the last trimester of pregnancy. Foot massages in this case, coupled with plenty of rest and a good diet, can be extremely beneficial for the mothers-to-be. 10-minute massages just a few times a week should be good. Again, given pregnancy is a delicate condition, it is better if the doctor’s recommendation is taken before indulging in any form of massage or alternative therapy.
9. Improves immunity
Yes, a good foot massage is also instrumental in improving your immunity. Many research papers and studies have proven that reflexology is good at amping up the body's defence system, that is the immune system. Foot massages are known to have a positive impact on muscle health, blood circulation, and are even good with stress management. All of this, when combined, contributes towards improving immunity.
10. Amps up your sex life
We have saved the best for the last. No one can have a good sex life with stressed and taut muscles. You need fluid movements so that you can have the best experience ever. You’ve earned it, after all. A foot massage before the act is a great way to turn the mood on and relax your muscles. It can perk up your mood, especially if you have come back home after a particularly tiring day.