Among the alternative medicines, there is one that takes care of our body through the feet: plantar reflexology. The less ticklish will appreciate this energetic massage which can restore true balance throughout the body.
Did you know that your feet are made up of 28 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and no less than 7200 nerve endings? In this health practice, the skin is in relation with our organs, both perfectly informed of their health and influenced by their state. The basic reflex of reflexology passes through the vegetative system (sympathetic and parasympathetic). Nerve impulses coming from the marrow inform the skin about the state of the zones crossed from the depth towards the surface. As a result, there are areas of tension on the surface that correspond to internal problems (the body’s waste is concentrated around the reflex zones in the form of uric acid or calcium crystals). This is where all the art of reflexology comes into play: by pressing the points concerned, we get rid of the pain and we release the blocked energy. The goal is to restore energy flow, blood circulation and eliminate waste. Not to mention that reflexotherapy also has a preventive action and maintains the vitality of the individual.
If nothing replaces a first session with a professional, nothing prevents you from squeezing your own reflex zones yourself.
Start by freeing your feet that are too often imprisoned, walk barefoot for a few moments on the ground. Move them to the right, to the left, make circles with the ankles, wiggle the toes in flexions/extensions. Walk on your tiptoes, then on your heels.
Example of a typical session:
Start by smoothing, with both hands, the entire foot to loosen and relax the arch of the foot.
Then massage the different reflex zones of the head and neck on the big toe, applying sustained pressure.
You can then practice plantar massage on the different reflex zones of the sole of the foot, gradually moving towards the heel.
Gently brush the inner edge of the foot with the fleshy part of the palm to relax the spine, which you will then massage with a series of alternating pressures moving from the big toe towards the heel.
With your thumb, stimulate the reflex zones on the outer edge of the foot, in particular the reflex points of the large joints: shoulder, elbow, hip, knee. Pay particular attention to all the sensitive areas that you can relax with small circles of the thumb, soft and regular, in a clockwise direction.
Then massage the reflex zones of the lymphatic system on the top of the foot.
At the end, brush the feet again with both hands to release the tension and toxins that have been drained. Invert the position to perform plantar massage on the other foot. Once both feet have been massaged, lie down to relax for about fifteen minutes, then drink a large glass of water.