At the end of the day, your feet may just be the most under appreciated part of your body. After squeezing them into shoes, standing on hard surfaces, and being responsible for carrying the weight of your body wherever you need to go, the daily grind can mean a huge stress load for your feet. Not to mention what happens when you hit the gym for exercise or head outdoor for fun activities!
Massage is a great tool to help combat the daily tasks placed on your feet. In fact, the application of pressure when used on your feet is known as reflexology and it is rooted in principles that different areas of your hands and feed respond directly to specific areas of your body. When given the appropriate attention including massage through movement and pressure, massage can help boost many health benefits including:
Improve Organ Function
Several studies monitoring the amount of blood through the kidneys have garnered positive results that show massage can help increase circulation. In addition, a boost in blood flow can also oxygenate your blood quicker to allow you to heal faster in the case of injury or sickness as well as remove toxins and other waste materials from your bloodstream.
By focusing on certain areas of your feet, massage can aid in your body’s production of feel good hormones like serotonin and dopamine that can block pain signals coming from your brain and allow you to achieve much needed relief.
Relax and Refresh
Even the simplest massage can help induce feelings of calmness. At Elements, we strive to deliver truly therapeutic and handcrafted massages to every single one of our clients. When it comes to feet, a slow rubbing combined with a light stretching and gentle pressure in the ball of each foot can send waves of relaxation sensations to the rest of your body priming you to receive your best massage yet.
Next time you are booking a session, talk to your massage therapist about addressing your feet for a special treat. After all, your feet do so much for you now it’s time to return the favor!