Ever heard of the saying — ‘My feet are killing me’?! That’s right, your feet are talking. Strange aye? It’s actually a warning and never take that signal for granted.
We have a saying that if your feet hurt, ‘Press out the Pain’, literally. But before you do so, remove all forms of constrictive clothing, particularly around your waist. Drink a large glass of water before and after you press your feet, to help eliminate toxins.
Pressing the sole of your feet is a simple method to help balance the body and stimulate organs, and is a natural therapy that is based on the principle that there are reflexes on the soles of the feet which correspond to every organ of the body, that serve to relax, improve circulation and promote a general feeling of wellness.
Dating back 5000 years ago, the Indians, Egyptians and Chinese were aware of this alternative therapy [holistic medicine]. They were rubbing and pressing the soles of each other’s feet in order to affect a physical change to the body, by placement of pressure on specific power centres that correspond to other parts of the body.
This mixture of healing art and science is based on the premise that an energy channel encompassing 12 vital organs exists from our feet to the tops of our heads. Applying pressure with the thumbs and hands on these ‘Power Centres’ for a specific duration of time unblocks that channel to restore proper health and organ function.
Contraindications: Do not massage the soles of your feet if [being a form of Alternative Healing]: you are pregnant, running a fever, have thrombosis [formation of blood clots], or varicose veins, and more.
In fact, consult with your General Physician before undergoing this Alternative Treatment.
Benefits: However, on the flip side, pressing the sole of your feet restores energy, relaxes tired feet, promotes sound sleep, relieves eyestrain and headaches, detoxifies among other advantages.
The benefits aren’t purely physical. A good foot massage can also improve your mental and emotional state.
The right foot corresponds to the organs on the right side of the body, and vice versa.
There are four basic areas on the soles of each foot: the “head and neck” area encompasses all five toes. In this area you will find points corresponding to the sinuses, eyes, ears, etc.
The “spine,” which runs up the inside of each foot, is located where your toes connect to the rest of your foot. This is the most important zone — you can think of it as a highway for the communications between your brain and your nerves, bones, and muscles.
The “chest area” is located around the ball of the foot, just under the toes . This area is generally a darker colour than the middle of the foot. It is associated with the lungs, shoulders, etc.
The “waist line” is located wherever your foot is widest. This section correlates with the stomach, liver, intestines, etc and is generally a lighter colour.
The “pelvic area” is located at the heel. It is typically a darker colour, like the chest area of the foot. This area of the foot corresponds to the legs and buttocks.
The goal of sole pressure massage, is to release stress/congestion in the nervous system and to balance a person’s energy.
For happy feet — press away your cares! To know more, I am just an email away.
Dr MaryAnn Roberta