BURHANI NATURAL SCIENCE
MISSION HEALING – THERAPY 8
FOOT MASSAGE THERAPY
‘Ive learned that people will forget what you said; people will forget what you did; but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
The benefits of foot massage are many, and recipients say they are more than worth their weight in gold.
Foot massage has been practiced for centuries, and it is still popular. With more than 7,000 nerves in the
feet waiting to be stimulated, you may find that foot massage is very powerful and extremely pleasurable.
One can write a research paper about the points that are located on the bottom part of the foot, as there are points that correspond to internal organs, the general state of health and even to the mood of the person. The active impact on these points leads to improved overall health and relieves various ailments.
There’s no better way to treat a friend or loved one than to give their sore feet a wonderful foot massage.
The Advantages Of Reflexology Foot
It relieves pain and rigidity induced by too much workout or expending muscle for a very long period.It helps in preventing and curing many indications such as constipation, headache, asthma, stress, migraine and sinusitis.Blood circulation in the system increases.Metabolic equilibrium of the body is enhanced and people soon feel energetic.
How to Give a Foot Massage
Preparing for the Massage
1 .Put the person into the proper position. Begin with having them lay in the supine position, on their back with face up. Over the course of the massage they will rotate onto their stomach to allow for different movements of the feet and ankles to take place.
2. Cover the resting area of the foot with a towel. This will help to prevent any cream or massage oil from staining the work area.
3.Give a foot bath. Allow feet to soak in a tub of warm to hot water for up to ten minutes.Add scented essential oils or foaming gel to the water if preferred.Softly rub the feet after soaking to remove any dirt while helping the person to relax.Towel dry feet when finished.
4.Choose a cream, oil, or lotion to work with. Creams tend to be thicker than lotions and work well for foot massages. Oils work to soften the rough calluses on the bottom of feet.You can purchase creams and oils that are created for the purpose of foot massages at many beauty supply stores.Create your own unique combination of creams and oils to use for the foot massage. Combine scents to your liking; some favorite combinations are lemon and eucalyptus, lavender, or almond and vanilla.
5. Warm the oil or cream. This will make it more comfortable for the person receiving the massage.
Giving a Basic Foot Massage
1. Hold the bottom of the foot with both hands. Begin rubbing the top of the foot, slowly working your way down to the sole of the foot. Apply more pressure as your get closer to the sole. Reverse directions and rub the foot moving slowly towards the top, reducing pressure as you go.
2. Rub the heel of the foot. Use your thumbs for this, making small circles with medium to heavy pressure. Work your way around the entire heel. Repeat this action on the ball of the foot.
3. Use cross-fiber friction on the heels of the feet. This means you use your thumbs to push up and down on the heel. While one thumb is pushing up, the other should be pushing down.
4.Massage around the ankle bone. Use both hands to rub in a circular motion around the bone on either side, and gently rub your fingers over the top of the bone.
5.Use a fist to massage the arch of the foot. With your hand closed in a fist, use the tops of your fingers to apply pressure to the arch. Roll your hand back and forth to knead the skin gently.
6.Massage the toes. Spend time on each individual toe.Go to each toe and gently pull on it. This may cause the joint to pop, but unless it causes the person discomfort, continue to do this to each toe.Slide your index finger in the gap between each toe. Spend time moving it back and forth, rubbing the base of each toe with your index and thumb if desired.Gently slide all five fingers between each of the toes simultaneously, while rubbing a small amount of massage oil or cream between each one.
Mastering Other Techniques
1.Apply the milking stroke. To do this, hold the foot in both hands and give ten short, strong pulls on one side and then the other. Imagine the pulling motion of milking a cow while doing this.
2.Use the Indian rub technique. Hold the side of the foot with both thumbs placed on the inside center of the arch. Move your hands back and forth as if you were wringing out a wet towel. Allow a lot of movement of the foot while applying this technique.
3.Try petrissage on the achilles tendon and lower foot. Petrissage is a type of massage that involves lifting and squeezing muscles to stimulate them.Starting at the back of the heel and ankle around the achilles tendon, use one hand to gently squeeze and pull the foot. Start softly, but apply more pressure and speed the longer you do it.Push the muscles starting at the achilles tendon and working towards the toes. Doing this will lift the muscles of the foot, helping to work out impurities.Slowly work your way up to the lower calf using this technique. The muscles here attach to those in the foot, and using petrissage in this area can help to further relax the foot.
4.Massage the long muscle of the foot. The long muscle begins near the achilles tendon and ends at the knee, and is closely tied to muscle movements in the foot.Have your partner straighten their leg vertically, and use your forearm to apply pressure downward into the foot. Slowly move your arm so as to use your elbow to apply more pressure into the foot.With your partner laying down, grab their foot with one hand at the heel, with the foot running up your forearm. Push their whole foot towards the knee, applying light pressure at first and slowly adding more.
5.Perform ankle rotations. Hold the foot up, and use one hand to rotate the foot around the ankle. Move the foot in circles ten times in one direction, and then ten times in the opposite direction. The ankle joints may pop, but unless this causes the person any discomfort there is no need to stop.
Have the receiver lean back against a pillow or a couch, and make sure he or she is relaxed and comfortable. Consider including some relaxing background music or lightly scented candles to set the atmosphere.
What are the benefits of foot massage?
A foot massage relieves pain in the feet. It can relieve tiredness and stress and induce a deep relaxation. The foot is also supposed to contain pressure points that affect the various organs of the body, and a foot massage stimulates these pressure points, thereby improving the function of all your organs. Of course, the best reason for a foot massage is that it simply feels divine.
TRANQUILITY AND RELAXATION
Massaging the feet can alleviate anxiety and bring about a deep state of relaxation. One important point that is situated on both feet is the solar plexus reflex. The solar plexus is sort of a little warehouse where all your stress is stored. When the solar plexus point is pressed on, stress is released and the body relaxes
IMPROVED BLOOD CIRCULATION
The blood that circulates through the body is responsible for transporting oxygen and nutrition to the body’s cells. The blood also cleanses waste and toxins from the body. Because blood flow becomes limited when stress is present, foot massage can be beneficial as it decreases stress and allows the circulation of blood to flow unimpeded.
Homeostasis is when all the body’s systems are working in harmony with one another to bring about a state of balance. A foot massage can encourage homeostasis so that good health can be obtained.
Foot massage is restorative in that it gives the receiver energy. When the foot is rubbed and palpated, all the elements of a foot massage come together to bring energy to the body. According to theories of reflexology, foot massage releases any blockages that can hold back energy that should be flowing through the body freely.
ENHANCEMENT OF IMMUNITY
Stimulation of reflexes in the feet through massage is an action performed to bring about relaxation and healing. Relaxing the body through foot massage may prevent the harmful effects of stress from taking a toll on the body. A regular foot massage can offer protection against the many diseases that are associated with stress.
When given to your partner, a foot massage can create the setting for a romantic evening. Rubbing the feet is sensual, relaxing, nurturing and loving, and it is a wonderful way to show your partner you care about him.
YOU TUBE VIDEOS OF FOOT MASSAGE THERAPY
Watch “Foot Massage” on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtOtTq8ergE&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Watch “Foot Massage How To: Relaxing Pain Relief for Feet | Jen Hilman Massage Therapy Techniques” on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UotBIgJet_8&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Watch “Foot Massage How To for Relaxation, Pain Relief, Massage Therapy | Psychetruth Athena” on YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1y4aBHgjwY&feature=youtube_gdata_player