Are you having trouble sleeping? Does everything feel off-balance to you? Perhaps you’re stressed, maybe even in pain, but you’re not feeling yourself right now. In most cases you’ve most likely not considered the health benefits you could achieve by paying attention to your feet. Yes really, your feet. Here’s why you should give reflexology a try.
What is reflexology?
The therapy of reflexology has its roots in several ancient civilisations, such as Egypt, China and Africa. It’s more commonly associated with the ancient Chinese belief that a person’s chi, or qi, the flow that runs through a person, can be blocked when someone is ill or stressed. This blockage, or imbalance, could potentially result in serious illness and one way to remove it is through reflexology.
Based on the theory that the body’s organs are connected to the feet, hands and ears through pressure points, the technique helps remove said blockages by stimulating these reflex points with a simple massage to clear toxins and improve the energy flow. The body’s major energy paths connect to your feet, which is why, according to this belief, they are mission control for your health and well-being.
Why try reflexology?
Applying reflexology has been credited to relieving stress, allergies, headaches, tension in the back and neck, and promoting sleep and digestion. Some have even felt a change in their anxiety levels and mood, the severity of their asthma and PMS, and even in terms of arthritis and sinus issues. It may not be a cure-all, but it’s worth a try.
Here’s what you can do at home, in only 15 minutes.
1. Squeeze for relaxation
Relax the feet, one at a time, by lightly (but firmly) tapping, kneading or squeezing them in circular motions. Make sure your hands are nice and warm! Continue as long you like, spread your toes and finish by pressing down your thumb on the solar plexus for 5-10 seconds for each foot.
2. Press for relief
Run your thumb up from your heel to the ball of your foot, along the spine, and finish by pressing on the reflex points of the toes with the outer ridge of your thumb. Firmly press on the big toe to relieve headaches and tension in the neck, for example, and the little ones to help clear the sinuses. Pay extra attention to the outer side of the big toe to help improve your circadian rhythm.
3. Soothe your sole
Massage the soles of your feet to calm your breathing and concentrate on the area below the balls of your feet to encourage relaxation and peacefulness. Finish by repeating the relaxation techniques of step 1. Or, if you’re not ticklish, end with “breeze strokes” – a feathery motion of running your fingertips down and over all sides of your feet. It can be very soothing for the nerves, but only if you can handle such a light touch.
Once you’re done, continue this relaxation treatment and indulge in the ultimate home pedicure with our luxurious The Ritual of Chadō foot spa. The natural products in this set are ideal to treat your feet and further boost your overall well-being with the tranquil effects of bamboo and matcha.