Most of us may have had a foot rub from a friend or a family member. It feels so relaxing & allows much relief. And some of us have paid our kids some loose change just to have a few minutes of relief! The reason it feels so good and relaxing is that most all our nerve endings converge or wrap around the feet & ankles.
Massaging with pressure stimulates or releases tension on those nerves and acupressure points, which all affect the rest of our body systems.
According to soul2soulheals.com/integrativebodyworks; “there is an exact representation of the human body in the foot where every organ is reflected in a specific area.”
There are nerves, nerve endings that surround your foot and ankle. And one of the techniques is to massage up the calf to get circulation and energy flowing.
Reflexology can assist in many ailments overall; stress relief, boosting your energy levels, increase in circulation, and assist removal of toxins. It is always best to drink water afterword. An added soak for your feet in warm/hot water and Epsom salts can continue releasing toxins and relax muscles.
Reflexology also helps reduce headaches and can open up neural pathways to help our cognitive abilities! There is a myriad of benefits.
Who would ever want to turn down a foot massage?
Well, it could be a person with strong sensitivities to touch. There are individuals with sensory integration, or ADHD or similar that might feel very sensitive to touch yet would benefit highly from this technique. But how can one do this?
For my own son with ADHD I have learned to start slow and simple. Just holding his foot in my hand to get used to the touch is a first step. I started with holding firmly & slowly the bottom of foot and toes, then simple light massage. I was taught a point called the ‘three mile point’. Its four finger widths below knee cap and one finger width outside of the shin bone. Work (gently massage) this area for helping digestive issues and energy, and appetite imbalance. This has been a tender spot for my own son. Also, under the big toe, rubbing side to side, and also massage under the outside ankle bone. We simple try these areas a few times a week and I monitor how his behavior or mood are affected.
We must not forget hand points and other points on the body... which can be called acupressure points. Hand massage is another way to relieve stress and tension. There is further information & resources in many places.
Here are a few;