Foot massage is a way of pampering your foot thereby, making them strong and flexible; foot massage even acts as an alternative medicine for various health issues such as swelling, pains etc. and should therefore be practiced.
Here are some of the health benefits you can get from regular foot massage.
1. Aids Speedy Recovery of Ankle and Foot Injuries
Regular foot massage keeps your feet healthy by preventing any kind of foot problem, foot massage stimulates the muscles around your feet and reduces pains in your heels, ankles as well as lessens stiffness of them.
It can even aid speed recovery after a foot injury and sore muscles. So, it is recommended to have at least a short session of regular foot massage with olive or coconut oil that gives you healthy feet and prevents future injuries.
2. Stimulates Blood Circulation
Because of sitting lifestyle, many of us are not getting muscle exercise for the foot regularly, in order to improve your blood circulation, you need to have regular 10 minutes massage session- this even transports oxygen to your body cells which enhances your overall health.
You can also use oil for massage and apply firm strokes on your feet firmly as well as gently, do it on both the feet for maximum results
3. Reduces the Effects of Edema
A regular foot massage especially when you are pregnant, it can help reduce the effects of swelling in your ankle as well as feet caused due to fluid retention.
So try to get a retrograde massage- from your toes towards your knee with some warm oil, this will certainly encourage fluid in your feet to move towards kidney and finally for flushing out through your body, to enjoy best results, you should also try to keep your legs elevated whenever possible, wear only comfortable shoes and take plenty of water and rest.
4. Gives a Deep Relaxation
A soothing foot massage is the best way to get relaxation after a long walk or standing or when you have swelling on your feet, it gives you energy and relief from stress and fatigue by releasing any blockages.
You can use warm oil for foot massage for 5 to 10 minutes before you go to bed, combining firm strokes along with foot massage gives best results for getting relaxation.
5. Reduces Depression and Anxiety
Foot massage along with reflexology treatment is great way to fight against depression as well as anxiety.
Studies have shown that there is a point located at center of your big toe that’s related to your mental health and emotional stability, if massaged for 3 times a day relives you from depression and anxiety as well as its symptoms.