Foot massage dates back more than 5000 years to ancient Egypt and China. In the late 1800s, Europeans invented reflexology, the practice of applying pressure to a person’s feet or hands to affect a physical change in the body. Placement of pressure is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that correspond to other parts of the body. Massaging the feet opens nerve pathways and blockages, promoting relaxation throughout the whole body as well as restoring proper organ function and general health.
Foot Reflexology Massage may therefore relieve stress, pain and anxiety; as well as improve blood and lymph circulation; and also stimulate internal organs in beneficial ways. In cases of diabetes, Foot Reflexology Massage may bring relief to numbness and tingling, and reduce the risk of neuropathy.