Reflexology, feet acupressure or reflexotherapy is an ancient massage technique, whose origin can be traced back to China and Egypt. According to Chinese medicine, feet are the map of the whole body, its microcosm.
Feet can be divided into different reflexive spheres, which are related to particular parts of the body. In those spheres, there are located receptors, whose stimulation, through pressure and massage, results in healthy functioning of the nervous system and circulation, helps to stay fit and improves overall wellbeing. The main aim of reflexology is introducing the body (seen as a whole) into the state of deep relaxation and balance. Acupressure is a healing technique which works both on physical and spiritual level.
There are 28 bones, 19 muscles and 107 tendons in a foot. It is a very complex apparatus, thanks to which we can walk, run and jump. Unfortunately, appropriate feet care is still underrated. Not many people are aware that poor frame of mind very often starts with neglected and ill feet.
Receptors located on feet are nerve endings, which are connected to different parts of the body. It is possible to improve circulation in receptors, and what follows circulation of relevant organs, through pressure- massage. Better circulation means faster transportation of nutrients as well as quicker removal of toxic deposits, which cause illnesses.
When we walk barefoot on sand or pebbles the receptors in our feet are stimulated automatically. Unfortunately, shoes deprive us of that possibility. Some parts of our foot sole do not touch the ground at all, and others are exposed to too much pressure. This may result in various medical conditions. The obvious remedy is massaging right receptors on our feet, called reflexology.
The history of acupressure has thousands of years. The earliest records of feet acupressure were found in doctors’ thumb in Ankhmahor, Egypt in an inscription dated 2330 B.C. detailing its application. One of the scenes pictures massaging feet and hands. Also Chinese acupuncturists were using these healing techniques as early as 4th century as a complimentary therapy to their practices. They used to apply pressure on feet, when needles were placed in the patient’s body to release the energy and start the healing process.
Nowadays acupressure is widely used all over the world, as a common natural medicine technique. If any part of the body is infected, overloaded or stressed, a relevant receptor on the patient’s foot will be extra sensitive to massage. As a result feet and hands may be very useful for diagnostic purposes. Feet acupressure has a holistic influence on the whole body. In serious conditions (i.e. cancer) it is recommended as a complimentary treatment to the traditional therapy.
Massage effectiveness depends on individual’s predispositions, for some it will work straight away, for other it will only bring results after some time. This is why it is recommended to stay patient, trust and love your own self.
Professional feet massage therapy provides wonderful relaxation to both body and soul. Awareness of receptors being situated on our feet, we start to realise how important our feet wellbeing is for our health. Taking good care of our feet, we can improve circulation in all our body organs. This is why it is so important to remember to soak feet in natural salts, to remove corns and hard skin, to use massaging rolls, to wear special insoles, which will stimulate the receptors, and last but not least about regular feet massage.