A foot massage improves blood circulation, which, in turn, improves brain function and cognitive performance. The impact on sleep patterns and mood is also significant.
Benefits of Foot Massage
1. Blood Flow
A foot massage improves the blood circulation in the hands and feet. Since our brain is irrigated by blood, a healthy supply results in improved functioning.
A foot massage releases stress and feelings of anxiety and improves the overall state of mind. The byproduct of blood circulation rejuvenates both the brain and body.
A foot massage improves sleep patterns and controls mood swings during the day. It also decreases feelings of depression.
A well-executed foot massage leads to better mental function at work as well as at home. People with health problems such as muscular weakness or arthritis can experience improvements in memory.
A relaxing foot massage helps you sleep better and wake up refreshed, making it easier to tackle the day’s tasks. Since our brain cells rejuvenate during sleep, a foot massage after a stressful day or week energize the brain cells and leads to better body and mind functioning.
6. Immune System
A foot massage helps the body and mind fight off infections and prevent the onset of harmful diseases. The brain is susceptible to infections due to the constant flow of blood. A healthy supply of nutrients via blood keeps it nourished and protected from any negative impact by parasitic infections such as Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) or Measles (Rubeola).
7. Nerve Disorders
A foot massage relaxes the nerves and increases blood circulation to areas affected by nerve disorders such as multiple sclerosis, which helps improve the brain’s function by a significant margin.
8. Chronic Pain
A foot massage can help relieve chronic pain, which, in turn, improves nerve functions. Chronic pain occurs due to damaged nerve endings in the body. Using a foot massage on such areas helps the body heal and repair itself, and improve blood circulation.
Types Of Foot Massage
1. Reflexology Foot Massage
A reflexology foot massage improves blood flow to the brain as well as the body. It reduces anxiety and stress levels in the mind and body, which is beneficial for people suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, ADHD, or depression. The massage techniques include applying pressure on the feet in simple to complex patterns to improve nerve functions and promote better overall health and well-being.
2. Shiatsu Foot Massage
This type of massage is centered on pressure points on the body to release deep tension. It reduces muscle pain and tension in the shoulders, back, neck, hands, arms, legs, and feet. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage where pressure is applied in specific patterns with the fingers to restore health and remove chronic pain.
3. Osteopathic Foot Massage
An osteopathic foot massage reduces muscle pain and increases blood flow to the brain as well as the rest of the body. It helps improve overall brain support such as memory, concentration, and mood.
Pressure Points for Brain
The following are the major pressure points for the brain.
1. Top Of The Foot
This pressure point is located on the top of the foot right above the ankle bone. Pressure is applied here to increase blood circulation and relieve stress and anxiety.
2. Middle Of Foot
This pressure point is at the junction of the toes and the heel bone. It increases blood circulation of hands, lower legs and feet, relieves pain, and improves muscle flexibility.
3. Bottom Of Foot
This pressure point is at the base of the big toe bone, specifically at the junction of the big toe bone and the second toe. It eases fatigue, stress, insomnia disorders and arthritis pain.
4. Top Of The Inside Foot
This pressure point is on top of the inside foot between pinky toe and space between little and ring finger toes. It increases blood flow to the brain, resulting in better cognitive performance, including memory power, creativity, etc.
5. Middle Of The Inside Foot
This pressure point is on the middle of the inside foot, right above the ankle bone. It improves blood flow and circulation, relieves pain, eases fatigue, stress and anxiety disorders.
6. Bottom Of The Inside Foot
This pressure point is at the base of the great toe bone and top of the 3rd toe. It eases pain and reduces the chance of disorders.
Foot massage has been proven to be a beneficial practice that improves brain function, reduces stress, and improves sleep. It has outlived all the other methods of health improvement, such as relaxation techniques and yoga. Most people know how to do it because they do it themselves every evening after a long day of work but are not aware of its benefits.