If you've never tried a foot massage, you are missing out on a treat. Not only does it feel great, it also has a host of benefits associated with it.
The type of foot massage most people are familiar with has its origins in Thailand. Thailand, which lies between China and India, has absorbed much of the culture of these two huge neighbours over the past 5000 years.
Thai foot massage has developed from Chinese, Japanese, and Korean versions, and works from the lower legs down, using stroking and stretching techniques to open up the meridians, or "Sen" lines.
It is believed that our energy flows along these lines, and the combination of the foot massage and the use of a small stick to stimulate the reflex points on the feet (which correspond to the internal organs of the body) opens up the Sen lines. This combination of treatments promotes improved health and well-being.
At the end of a session, the therapist may also spend about 10 minutes massaging the hands and the shoulders to induce a general state of relaxation.
There are a range of benefits associated with this technique, including:
- Improved circulation
- Removal of toxins
- Lymphatic drainage
- Improved immune system
- Reduced muscle and joint stiffness
- Improved physical healing
- Stress relief
- Improved sleep
- Mental clarity