Feet are the most neglected part of the body. Unless you go for a regular pedicure appointment to make your feet look pretty and clean.
While they are looking pretty and colorful very less importance is given to the foot massage. Our feet take the entire weight of our body while we stand.
In our Indian culture touching feet of elders and teachers is widely practiced even Ayurveda explains the importance of the foot massage.
A wise man once said the personality of an individual is weighed by looking at his feet.
Ayurveda explains the human body as an inverted tree where the roots (head) lies at the top and branches (hands & feet) are attached to the trunk (trunk of the body) are directed downwards. Hence taking care of the roots will nourish the branches i.e. hands and legs.
In Ayurveda, foot massage is known as “PadaAbhyangam” where Pada means foot while Abhyangam means massaging of the foot with the help of medicated oils.
Although it is considered as a massage treatment, PadaAbhyangam is more of holistic therapy and religious approach in order to heal the human body by taking care of foot’s health which is connected to the overall well-being.
Padaabhyangam is a traditional foot massage from where the other forms of foot massage have originated such as acupressure, acupuncture, reflexology, and pedicure.
There are plenty of benefits which are not only great for your feet but your entire body and soul too.
Benefits of Ayurvedic foot massage
- Good night sleep
- Improves blood circulation
- Improves digestion
- Improves eyesight
- Cures a headache
- Heal cracked feet
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Improves foot health and hygiene
- Relieves foot pain by relieving the nerve pain
- Relieves foot cramps and fatigue
- Reduce edema in blood pressure patients and in pregnant women
There are about 700 nerve endings, hence treated ailments by massaging feet can help to reduce the stress and tension. It is said that every part of the foot is connected to every organ of the body.
- The big toe is connected with the head and neck part
- 2nd and 3rd toes are connected to our two eyes
- Below 2nd and 3rd fingers lungs are connected
- To the right side of the lungs, shoulders are connected
- To the left of it, the heart is connected
- 4th and 5th toes are connected to our two ears
- The middle part of the foot is connected with the stomach, kidneys and liver are connected
- The lower part of the foot is connected with intestines, abdominal area, and bladder
- Just at the very end of the lower foot are is pelvic area connection
You can easily perform ayurvedic foot massage at home but if you are looking for the curing an ailment, it is advisable to let the professionals do their job.
Ailments such as diabetes, blood pressure and people with severe back pain require light hand while doing the massage.