We Indians have this tradition of arranged marriages where the boy comes to see the girl and observes her head to toe. It was in my childhood days that I remember one of my cousins rejecting a proposal because the girl had cracked and dirty heels and according to him she had poor hygiene so how could she be a good wife? OK times have changed now. We want to keep our feet beautiful not for the fear of rejection but because we so love them and indeed it is an integral part of our beauty regime.
We are all about beauty and wellness. We love that body massage, the head and neck massage, our well-manicured hands, our beautiful hair and whilst giving priority to other parts of our body, our feet remain a bit neglected on pampering. If you have a job that entails standing for long hours in shoes, or a field job covering distances on feet or even a desk job that entails hanging feet all day, your feet is at regular wear and tear and stressed regularly. Even ill-fitting shoes can cause your feet to ache. Ever thought of pampering your feet with a great foot spa?
A foot spa is a great way to help you pamper yourself after a stress-filled day, as it improves the process of reflexology, which can benefit your entire body. Because massaging your feet can be so soothing, there are many different types of foot spas available for all needs and budgets.
We bring you some popular types Of Foot Spa Therapy. So be generous with your feet and try them once in a while:
Aqua-Jet Foot Massage
Aqua-jet foot massage has a relaxing effect on tired feet. In this technique, two hydro-jets are used for massaging the foot. The feet are immersed in a pedicure tub filled with water. The water is released by the hydro jets at controlled speeds, which stimulates the circulation of blood. This stimulates the feet reflexes, thereby giving making your feet relaxed. The temperature of water in the equipment is maintained at a certain level.
Holistic pedicure is a luxury massage therapy, which gives a sense of relaxation to tired feet. In this method, the technique of Reflexology is used to massage the feet. Like all other pedicure therapies, the feet are immersed in a bath containing warm water. Holistic pedicure begins with a whirlpool soak, followed by a half-an-hour foot massage. The pressure points of foot are concentrated, to relieve stress. At the end of the holistic pedicure, cocoa butter cream is applied at the base of the feet.
Thai Foot Spa
The Thai Foot Reflexology, also known as the Thai Foot Massage, has its roots in the Thai wats (temples), where it was practised by Buddhist monks in the ancient times. Thai Foot massage is a massage of the feet and also lower legs. It has been deeply influenced by the reflexology systems practised for over 2000 years. It includes the use of a traditional Thai foot massage stick as well as using the palms, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to work the feet. Thai Foot Massage is great for tired feet, improving circulation and lymph movement in the feet and lower legs, and improving flexibility.
During a Fish pedicure, customers place their feet in tanks of warm freshwater containing dozens of toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as ‘Doctor Fish’. They suck and gently nibble away at dry and dead skin. The end result is said to leave your feet feeling refreshed and healthy. After 15-30 minutes of soaking their feet in a fish tank, customers are then treated to a standard pedicure or other treatments.
Experts are worried that the latest beauty craze – offered in scores of salons – could spread infection and disease from person to person through open wounds. Experts advise people with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions, including diabetes and psoriasis, against using fish spas. It says people with these conditions are likely to be at an increased risk of infection.
Hot Stone Reflexology
Hot Stone Reflexology is the use of heated stones to stimulate reflex points (acupressure or energy points) on the hands and the feet. It is believed that the warm stones have healing properties and are therapeutic for the body. It is used for relaxation as well. It is the incorporation of heated basalt rocks with the specific purpose to stimulate Reflex points found in the feet. Basalt stones are used because they retain heat well and the ancients believe these lava rocks have nurturing, cleansing, and healing effects on the body
Reflexology is the physical act of applying pressure to the feet with specific thumb, finger, and hand technique without use of oil or lotion based on a system of zones and areas that reflect an image of the body on the feet, with a premise that such work effects a physical change in the body. Applying focused pressure to these reflex points located in the foot stimulate the corresponding area and thereby remove blockages in the energy body.
The benefits of a foot reflexology session are manifold – calmness and serenity, improved circulation, increased energy and balanced emotions among many others. It is appropriate for all ages as well as for a variety of ailments. Not only soothing to sore feet, it can benefit most other body aches and pains. If you can’t handle pressure in a part of your body because of soreness or inflammation, there is a corresponding part in the foot that can bring relief.
We also recommend you to visit our face book post on reflexology chart to know which point reflects which part of the body: http://on.fb.me/1bcb5Fg
Foot Spa Massage At Home
The best part of foot spa massage is that you can do it even at home. All you need to know is the right way to do it and the key ingredients required for the treatment. To do foot spa massage at home, you need to prepare a bubbling foot spa. Fill a round tub or any tub with warm water, (just above the lukewarm temperature that is bearable by your feet). Stir in one tablespoon of salt into the bath. Now, immerse your feet in the tub for about 20 minutes. This will loosen the dirt accumulated at your toenails and the fingers. Now, dry your feet using a clean towel. Now, treat your foot with massage oil, for about half an hour. The treatment will relax your feet.
Tips before going for a foot massage:
- Do not go for a spa foot massage, if you have cuts and scars in your feet. This is because microorganisms can enter through the wounds, which may lead to infections.
- If you have shaved or waxed your legs, pedicure should be done only after the next 24 hours.
- While opting for a spa massage at a salon, always check for hygiene in the place. Treatment of your legs in an unhygienic atmosphere might lead to a number of infections.
Remember, love your feet as you would love your face. So go ahead and indulge in some foot spa…. Enjoy and write to us how you felt J
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