We can easily say that massage is one of the oldest healing arts- YES, you got that right – massage has been practiced for thousands of years. According to the experts, there are more than 80 massage therapy styles with a wide variety of pressures, movements, and
techniques. And, these massage styles involve pressing, rubbing, or manipulating muscles and other soft tissues with hands and fingers.
Sometimes, even forearms, elbows, or feet are used- The ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians used massage for different ailments and health issues. And today, as an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy is useful for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. You probably already know that massage can help you relieve stress and tension that can lead to disease and illness.
As we mentioned before, massage can be applied with hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, feet, or a massage device- But, did you know that one of the best massages is the feet massage? Now you probably ask yourself – why? Well, that’s easy to answer- because
some parts of our feet are connected with different organs in the human body.
Ladies and gentlemen, message your feet every night before going to bed and you’ll feel these positive effects:
- Improve the health of your skin
- It’s useful for poor circulation
- It will improve your sleep
- It reduces the effect of edema, during pregnancy
- Maintains proper function of the organs
- It helps with the restless leg syndrome
Here are 6 self-massage techniques. These techniques are very simple. You just have to follow the simple instructions. Here’s what you need to do:
- Hold your toes with one hand and the ankle with the other. Then, you need to slowly rotate the foot, first in one direction, then in the other. It’s very simple, right?!
- Push the heel with one hand and push on the back of the foot (nail side) with the other hand in the opposite direction for about 15 seconds.
- Hold your thumb and forefinger on the Achilles tendon (just above the heel) and push down on the foot near the toes with the other hand, so that the heel is stretching
- Hold the foot on both sides with both hands. Then, you need to turn it to one side and then to the other side several times. That’s it!
- Pull each toe – one by one-
- Pull all the toes at once, holding one hand on the big toe and the other on the other four toes. Pull the foot up and shake it.