Reflexology & Acupressure
Massage FAQ About The Feet
You are recommended to read these reflexology and acupressure massage faq (frequently asked questions) before you try foot massage.
What is reflexology foot massage?
Reflexology foot massage is a highly beneficial self therapy that can be done by virtually anyone, regardless of their state of health.
The underlying principle is that specific pressure points on the soles of the feet directly relate to bodily organs, glands and areas and that direct stimulation of these points, by finger pressure, influences the body part they represent. Foot massage has been used for centuries by medical workers and laypeople in China and other parts of Asia.
What can reflexology help cure?
As all major body parts and areas are represented on the feet, the benefits of reflexology are numerous. For instance, it may be used therapeutically to alleviate pain suchas headaches, menstrual pain, joint and muscle pain. It is an effective relaxation therapy and itenergizes. Regular foot massage is also a highly beneficial preventative therapy. For information regarding a specific health complaint you should consult a reflexologist or massage therapist.
Is it safe?
Foot massage is extremely safe to do on yourself and others. It's best to check with your doctor or a reflexologist first though before trying it, especially if you are in poor health, recovering from illness or in the later stages of pregnancy.
Is foot massage suitable for everyone?
Practically everyone can benefit from regular foot massage. However, as above, check first if you are in poor health, recovering from illness or pregnant.
What equipment do I need?
One of the great benefits of self therapies like foot massage is you don't need any special tools or equipment other than a chair, your hands and a few drops of massage oil to lightly lubricate the skin.
How often should I massage my feet?
This really depends on such factors as your medical history, your current state of health and your age. However, as a minimum, a quick 10 minute foot massage (5 minutes/foot) every night before bed can safely be done by most people.
How do I know which points to press?
All you need is a
which shows all the major reflexology areas and acupressure points on the foot. Print it so you can refer to it while you're massaging.
Note: You will need Adobe Reader (a free program) installed on your computer in order to view the foot massage chart. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download without leaving this page).
How do I massage the points?
This important acupressure massage faq has its own page:
Foot Massage Techniques
The above acupressure massage faq contain enough information for you to start massaging your feet right away. Please submit the form on the
page if you have further questions or concerns about how to do acupressure and foot massage on yourself or others.
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