Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Foot massages - ALL day long!

Our feet are under tremendous pressure every day. Not only do they feel the weight of our entire bodies, but they are also aware of everything that happens inside of our vital organs, as those body parts are reflected on the soles of our feet.  This is where a good reflexology foot massage comes in handy.

Cherokee Indians, ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Chinese people made use of foot massages. However, it was only during the twentieth century that American and European physiotherapists developed the practice of reflexology and mapped the reflex points on the feet.
Reflexology Foot Map

Eastern people believe that Chi (vital energy) is carried to the different parts of the body  through a system of meridians in a similar way that the blood is carried through arteries and veins to and from the heart.

The movement of the Chi can be affected by massaging the related pressure point. For instance, if the chi is trapped, it can be freed by massaging the pressure point. The same applies to massages an area where the chi flows too fast.

Conditions such as anxiety, stress, insomnia, migraines, sinusitus, body pains, eczema and sciatica can be improved using reflexology as a complementary therapy.

Sadly, most of us do not have the time needed for a weekly one -hour reflexology session, which will proof most beneficial.

Medical shoes have been available for some time and reflexology shoes is a new addition to this type of footwear. Manufacturers use natural stones, as per the theories of Chinese medicine. People who have tried these sandals, say that wearing them is like having a personal session with a reflexologist.

Reflexology sandals with healing stones

The smooth stones correspond to the different points on the acupressure points on the feet. The stones also have a range of wholesome elements, such as magnetic materials to improve circulation.

Another variant of reflexology shoes

A wide range of reflexology sandals in a great range of styles are available for a variety of uses.

Have you tried reflexology shoes? Why? And did they work?

1 comment:

  1. Never tried the shoes - but I admit I adore a good foot massage!!


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