Foot massage can provide relief for many medical conditions including plantar fasciitis, restless leg syndrome, edema, joint pain, and even headaches. The biggest benefit is simply its relaxing effect on the entire body. Foot massage promotes relaxation and lowers blood pressure. It is common for a patient to fall asleep while receiving a foot massage and it often revitalizes them for the rest of the day.
What is Foot Reflexology?
Foot reflexology is a special type of foot massage that involves the application of pressure to specific points on the feet in order to affect various other parts of the body. The nerve endings in the feet provide a “map” of the entire body and specific points on the feet correspond to specific muscle groups or bodily organs. Foot reflexology promotes relaxation, eases tension, and improves circulation. It has been effective in the treatment of lymphedema, and a beneficial complementary treatment for neuropathy of the legs, feet, and toes.
Who should not receive foot massage?
Those suffering from diabetic neuropathy should consult their physician before receiving a foot massage. Also, pregnant women and anyone at risk for blood clots should seek medical advice before receiving a massage of the legs and feet. Those with varicose veins should avoid leg massages. For a more expanded list of massage contraindications please see our massage contraindications webpage.