Feet are wonderful things, crucial to being mobile, whether it be walking or driving, and a participant in exercise. But, you may or may not know that they’re among the most complex parts of the body, and foot reflexology is the main reason behind it. The idea is if certain pressure points on the feet are given massages or acupuncture treatment, that other areas of the body will be effected.

For example, pressure applied to the heels connects with the lower back/gluteal area, and can provide relief. Bearing in mind there are nearly 15,000 nerves in the feet, the calming, soothing effects of a good foot massage can even send those who suffer from chronic insomnia in a deep slumber. Here are a few tips to utilise your feet to send you to sleep…

  1. Relax the feet by pressing and squeezing, or whatever feels good for you! Finish up by pressing and holding your thumb on the solar plexus point (under ball of the foot, in the centre).
  2. From the bottom of each foot, drag your thumb from the bottom of the feel to each toe, pressing the reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb
  3. If you have certain areas in need of a bit of TLC, then target them as follows:
  • Head/Brain (top of each toe)
  • Pituitary gland (centre of big toe) 
  • Pineal gland (outer side of big toe)
  • Thyroid (base of big toe)
  • Neck/shoulders (ridge of toes)
  • Chest/lungs (ball of foot)
  • Solar plexus/diaphragm (under ball of foot in the center)
  1. End by lightly running your fingertips down the tops, bottoms and sides of each foot in a ‘breezy’ motion, barely touching the skin, repeat several times.

 

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