Hand and Foot Massage Benefits
Take a minute or two and think about how much we rely on our hands and feet each minute of each day. When you really stop to consider it, even the simplest, everyday activity often involves either our hands, our feet, or even both simultaneously! So it should come as no big surprise that tension in our hands and/or our feet can take a huge toll on our health and it should come as no big surprise that relieving that tension can have a huge positive impact on our overall well-being!
Reflexology is a specific massage technique based on the ancient premise that our entire body is fully interconnected, and that addressing pressure points in one area of the body impacts other organs and/or bodily systems. Reflexology, or put more simply hand and foot massage, is premised on the idea that applying restorative pressure to the hands and/or the feet can create a positive effect in specific other areas of the body. In other words, not only does hand and foot massage feel great, it can make you healthier as well.
Here are six specific benefits associated with hand and foot massage!
Reduces stress and anxiety.
Just the right amount of pressure on exactly the right spots on the hands and feet is literally relaxing. In other words, stimulating the body to release physical tension throughout the body by massaging the hands and feet helps the mind relax, unwind, and release tension as well. Whether as a stand-alone treatment or when incorporated into other massage techniques, a hand and foot massage is a great way to relieve stress and reduce anxiety!
Lifts depression and improves mood.
The power of human touch is amazing when it comes to fighting depression. Reflexologists—licensed massage therapists with specialized training in hand and foot massage—understand exactly what points on the hands and/or the feet are best for fighting depression, improving overall mood, and enhancing a sense of personal well-being.
If you are experiencing pain in your hands or your feet, then the benefit of a relevant hand or foot massage is pretty straight-forward; for example, if you spend all day, every day on your feet (especially if you cannot wear supportive footwear), a daily foot massage, even just for a few minutes, will go a long way towards reducing resulting discomfort. However, a well-performed reflexology massage, hitting specific pressure points in the hands and feet, has been shown to relieve pain and discomfort in other areas of the body as well!
Improved blood flow.
One of the primary benefits of massage in general is improved blood flow, and this is especially true of the hands and feet. Located at “the extremity” of the body, it can be difficult for blood to easily reach the furthest points in the hands and feet, resulting in a lack of sufficient oxygen to the nerve endings. In the worst cases, this can lead to extra sensitivity, tingling, and even numbness. A restorative massage of the hands and/or the feet can help restore proper blood flow for better oxygenation.
Better sleep habits.
Some experts argue that a good night’s sleep is the ultimate foundation for health and wellness. Unfortunately, given our busy lives and jam-packed schedules, getting to bed on time and letting the mind settle in order to fall asleep quickly can be challenging. The overall relaxation and well-being that comes from a hand and foot massage can significantly improve your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, in order to ensure that you get the rest you need to make it through your busy day.
Healthy feet and hands.
Perhaps the most obvious, yet the most overlooked, benefit of a hand and/or foot massage is the impact such a massage has on the health of your hands and feet. Whether we spend all day typing at a keyboard or standing on our feet, we rely on our hands and our feet all day, every day! So giving your hands and feet a little TLC with a gentle, stimulating massage performed by a licensed massage therapist can be just what they need to stay healthy so you can stay healthy!
At the Tampa Massage Clinic, located in Tampa, Florida, nothing is more important than human touch. To schedule an appointment with Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Advanced Manual Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, Jakki Bosco LMT, please call (813) 298-5603.
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