Want to relieve stress with just your hands and feet? Try this ancient custom!
Performed on both the hands and feet via finger and thumb massage, Reflexology is an ancient Chinese practice, based on the belief that specific reflex points on the soles of the feet and the palms of the hands correspond with every major organ, gland and area of the body.
It is believed that energy runs through the body in channels known as meridians and that massage of the feet stimulates these energy channels, promoting healing and relaxation.
Reduction of Stress
The most obvious effect of reflexology massage is that of stress reduction. The techniques of reflexology include finger or thumb walking--where the reflexologist walks the finger or thumb over different areas of the feet in a set sequence--and massage and kneading of the foot using the whole hand. The experience is generally firm, but gentle, and should never cause discomfort or pain. According to "The Complete Illustrated Guide to Reflexology," people of any age or sex--the elderly, women, men, teenagers, children and babies--can derive positive benefits from reflexology." Although results vary from individual to individual, the soothing action of reflexology generally leaves the recipient feeling deeply relaxed and peaceful afterwards. Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/111671-benefits-reflexology-massage/#ixzz2Kneb58qG
Look for Reflexology at your local Mani/Pedi Salon (about $15-$20 additional) or click Here for a quick video to try yourself at home!
Make Your Whole Body Happy Tip: Soaking your feet is an excellent and healthy way to detox your entire body! Simply add epsom salts to a warm water bath and soak for :20 minutes to release toxins from your entire system. When magnesium sulfate is absorbed through the skin, such as in a bath, it draws toxins from the body, sedates the nervous system, reduces swelling, relaxes muscles, is a natural emollient, exfoliator, and much more!