Everyone wants a good night’s sleep! People use a lot of aids to sleep better.
Foot massaging actually is very beneficial to your whole body and can be done by yourself at home, particularly after a long day of standing up and walking around, when our feet tend to swell up. Sure, everyone enjoys it, but do you really know the benefits of massaging your foot before bed, except that we feel more relaxed and relieving some of the pain?
There are several different massage techniques that promise certain health benefits. Traditional therapeutic techniques focus on relaxing the muscles and joints, then comes acupressure, aromatherapy, and reflexology seeks to improve the function of the internal organs by massaging certain areas of the foot.
Here are some health benefits of foot massage and reflexology
Improves mood and fights depression
Foot massage and reflexology helps in fighting depression. Certain points on the feet are helpful in alleviating symptoms of depression. Massaging these points or applying pressure to them for two minutes or 2 -3 times a day can help relieve symptoms of depression.
Improves blood circulation
Due to a sedentary lifestyle, many people don’t use their feet muscles properly, thus impeding good blood flow. Ten minutes of foot massage a day helps in transporting oxygen to the body’s cells, which is essential for overall health.
Helps in relaxation
After a tiring and stressful day, foot massage is a soothing and relaxing way to relax, especially after a long day of standing and walking, as the feet tend to swell up. Massage and reflexology 5 to 10 minutes before going to bed can improve your overall health and well-being.
Promotes better sleep
The best time to massage your foot is before going to bed. A soothing and relaxing foot massage improves blood circulation. This helps in getting a peaceful sleep.
Relieves body pains
This is the best part of reflexology. If done carefully, it treats aches and pains like a headache, migraines, neck pain, lower and upper back pain.
Makes feet healthier
One easy way to help keep your feet healthy and free from foot problems is to have a regular foot massage. It helps stimulate the muscles around the feet, reduce stiffness and even reduce pain in the ankles or heels. In addition, a short five-minute foot massage daily will make your ankles strong and flexible, thus preventing unpleasant injuries to your ankles and foot injuries.