February 18, 2008

Benefits of Chinese Foot Massage

Posted in Category : Massage Therapy

China, being one of the oldest civilizations in the world, is known for its traditional ways of healing. Natural remedies, herbal remedies, acupressure and various alternative treatments that we now value can be traced back to China. In ancient times the Chinese practiced Ruo Shi and this was where the Chinese foot massage was based. They believed in achieving complete healing by concentrating on stimulating acu-points in the body. Most of the major acu-points, according to the science of reflexology are found in a person’s feet.

Aside from what reflexology says about feet, Chinese believe that the feet hold together all the nerve points in the body and that is why they take care of their feet as much as they care for other parts of the body. They believed that the vital nerve points of our body are concentrated in the feet. Consequentially, taking good care of your feet will assure good health and vice versa. If you are familiar with Chinese culture or for that matter Chinese entertainment, you would know that when a person comes home, right after removing his shoes, he rubs his feet gently. The reason for that is to open up the passage of nerve points that has been temporarily narrowed due to stress and pressure.

This is the basic and ultimate function of Chinese foot massage. It is believed that when a blockage of blood circulation occurs in the major nerve points, the flow of energy all through out the body is affected. Using this concept, strokes and methods of this foot massage aims to remove the blockage and stimulate the flow of energy. This form of massage therapy is a combination of foot massage and Chinese herbology.

Chinese Foot Massage is proven effective not only those from the old times but also those in the modern time who have tried this foot massage. To get started the person’s feet are soaked in warm water to which medicines have been added, according to the needs of the patient. Massage oils or lotions are applied only once the feet are completely comfortable. After this the highly trained massage therapist sees to it that every acu-point in the feet is touched and the therapist should not stop striking and gliding his fingers unless he feels that all the blockage is gone.

Some of the marked benefits of the Chinese foot massage are:

  • Improved circulation in the limbs
  • Reduced stiffness and improved flexibility
  • Lowers stress and anxiety
  • Improves sleep and reduces headaches
  • Improves the immune system.