Reflexology the Thai way
Recorded in Asian, African, European and North American history, Foot massage has been used in many cultures.
According to the Vedi literature of Indian tradition, Foot massage is widely mentioned as a part of the relationship between guru and follower, man and wife, or friends – starting with Narajanah, the main deity of the hierarchy of the ancient world, whose feet are massaged by his everlasting spouse, Laksmí.
Ancient Egypt also has evidence from 2,500 BC. The tomb of Ankhmahor the physician was found in Saqqarah, the burial place of the pharaohs. The drawings on the wall of the tomb are recognised as a style of foot massage.
The Chinese work titled The Internal Medicine Book of the Yellow Emperor – dating back to the 1st century BC – mentions six meridians located on the leg. This volume also describes various massage techniques.
In its heyday between 300 and 700 AD, American Indian culture also attached a great importance to foot massage, as the therapy was used for both diagnostic and healing purposes.
As to European knowledge, the first book on the topic was published by Dr. Adamus and Dr. Atatis in 1582. By then, the technique of Foot massage had been widely practiced in numerous European countries.
What is it?
Foot massage is a massage of the feet and lower legs. It is both invigorating and deeply relaxing and involves hands on massage, stretching and acupressure to stimulate reflex points. It has elements of Shiatsu, Reflexology and Chinese massage incorporated into the treatment. Treatment includes working on “Sen” lines. For information on “Sen” lines please refer to Thai massage. The techniques of Foot massage stimulate and open these energy channels, leaving you feeling relaxed, balanced and invigorated.
The benefits of Foot massage are:
- Improvement of circulation in feet and legs
- Improving lymphatic drainage
- Boosting the immune system
- Reducing stiffness and improving flexibility
- Stress relief
- Can improve sleep
- Leaves you feeling better