Massage is one of the most effective care we can give our feet.
THE FEET AND OUR HEALTH
The feet are a reflection of the state of our body and most of the time we do not give them the care they really deserve. They are usually the most neglected part of our body.
Each foot consists of 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles, which together with nerves and blood vessels make up one of the most complex and important parts of our body.
When calluses, bunions, hardness, foot or ankle pain begin to appear, different ailments may also appear in our body or vice versa, in the event that they appear as a reflection that there is something that is not working well in our body. Many disorders such as diabetes, arthritis or heart disease can be directly reflected in our feet.
We know that 70% of Spaniards suffer from a foot disorder. According to experts, half are caused by inappropriate footwear.
Foot ailments affect more than 90% of those over the age of 65, while 15% of adult complaints are due to foot problems related to plantar fasciitis.
Women have up to 4 times more foot problems than men, due in large part to wearing inappropriate heels.
TIPS FOR FOOT CARE
When buying shoes, it is preferable to do it in the afternoon since feet tend to swell late in the day and thus we make sure that they are not too small for us. Remember to choose the right footwear for your feet and the activity you are going to do, preferably leather footwear, it is more natural, breathable and water-repellent than other materials. Wash and moisturize your feet every day, cut your nails straight, wear cotton socks that are not too tight, and don't forget to do some weekly exercise that involves your feet.
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FOOT MASSAGE STEP BY STEP
Before beginning, it is convenient to have clean hands and well-trimmed and rounded nails to avoid unwanted scratches.
Find a good place with a pleasant temperature and dim light, put on relaxing music and adopt a comfortable position. A low chair will be a good ally.
Bathe your feet in lukewarm water and let them sit for about 10 minutes. Warm water is essential to stimulate circulation in the feet and works as a good calmer.
Dry your feet, put a towel under them and settle where you feel really comfortable.
Relax and focus on the massage, to do this, take two or three slow, deep breaths.
Then rub your hands together to warm them up and start the routine.
Los primeros ejercicios te ayudarán a relajar los pies y darles descanso.
Foot massage instructions:
Apply some cream or oil on your hands. Rub the product well between them before using it on the feet.
Start massaging one of the feet, always with both hands. Be subtle. Start by stroking the top of the foot. Go from the toes to the ankle. Then change and go down to caress the sole of the foot. Little by little, your caresses should increase the pressure, going from less to more intensity.
Make movements in a circle, placing the thumbs of your hands on the sole of the foot and the four fingers on the instep. Go from the metatarsal heads at the base of the toes toward the heel. Ideally, the greatest pressure should be focused on the hardest areas, especially on the heel.
Hold the foot with one hand and with the other make him turn the foot from left to right. Do it repeatedly in both directions. It is advisable to perform the movement about 4 or 5 times in each direction.
Change the hand foot and return to massage it again with the other.
Massage the foot with your fingertips as if you were trying to knead them. Start with the big toe of your foot until you reach the little finger. Massage from the root of each finger to the end applying light pressure. It is important that you use your fingertips and that you do it gently.
When you're done stroking all your toes, move on to the rest of the foot, focusing a bit on the top and bottom of the foot.
With the help of a towel, remove any traces of cream or oil that you have used.
Repeat the process with the other foot.
Finally, get up very slowly.
BENEFITS OF FOOT MASSAGE AND FOOT REFLEXOLOGY
Massage can not only help you improve well-being and relieve the feeling of tired feet, leg pain or other pathologies that your feet suffer from, there are areas of the foot that are directly related to vital organs of our body. Foot reflexology is a special massage that is given to the soles of the feet, whose objective is focused on improving organs and specific parts of our body, being able to influence the circulatory, nervous, digestive system...
Did you know…
At present, foot reflexology is highly regarded and is part of natural medicine despite the fact that in its beginnings there was great skepticism and many detractors.