Get a Foot Up on Stress: The 9 Relaxing Benefits of Foot Massage Therapy

Say goodbye to tired feet and hello to relaxation.

Are you looking for a way to unwind and relax after a long day? Look no further than foot massage therapy. Not only does this luxurious treatment feel indulgent, but it also has numerous health benefits that can improve your overall well-being.

In this guide, we'll explore the top 9 benefits of foot massage therapy, from reducing stress and anxiety to promoting better sleep and circulation. Whether you're a busy professional, an athlete, or simply someone who wants to treat themselves to some much-needed self-care, foot massage therapy is a wonderful option that you won't want to miss out on.

So sit back, put your feet up, and let's dive into the relaxing world of foot massage therapy.

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Health Benefits of a Foot Massage

Please note that while massage therapy can offer temporary relief, it is not a replacement for physiotherapy. Any persistant aches and pains should always be medically examined by your GP or a physiotherapist.

Evoke higher levels of calm and feelings of psychological wellbeing

Foot massaging activates your nervous system, which increases feel-good endorphins in the brain.

In one study, people who received a foot massage after surgery to remove their appendix reported having less pain and using fewer painkillers.

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Relieve Heel Discomfort

When we feel pain, our natural response is to rub the area. We instinctively know that massage can help temporarily relieve all kinds of aches and pains.

By rubbing the heel, arch, and surrounding areas, you can stimulate blood flow to the area, loosen tight muscles and temporarily diminish the pain signals from your nerve endings, all which will give yourself short-term relief from the discomfort.

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Promote healthier feet

Regular foot massages are great for keeping your muscles and tissues healthy.

Whether you're having a professional massage or rubbing your own feet at home, this is also a great opportunity to regularly check for other foot problems such as sores, corns or ingrown toenails.

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Improve circulation

Most of us spend a lot of our time sitting down nowadays, which means the muscles in our feet rarely get exercise.

Massage is great for stimulating blood flow, and giving yourself a regular 10-20 minute session before bed can significantly improve circulation in the legs and feet.

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Help prevent foot and ankle injuries

Not only can massage can aid recovery after an injury, but it can also help to prevent future injuries too.

Frequent massages contribute to maintaining the strength and flexibility of your feet and ankles, thereby reducing the risk of foot and ankle injuries that are prevalent among athletes or individuals engaged in high-intensity exercise routines.

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Reduce the effects of depression and anxiety

Foot massage has been found to encourage feel-good endorphins and promote better sleep and relaxation. One study found that foot massage could even reduce depression and anxiety levels

The research specifically examined the impact of foot reflexology on depression and anxiety levels in elderly women with acute coronary syndrome, discovering a decrease in both anxiety and depression.

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Lower blood pressure

Massage calms the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the fight-or-flight response, fostering a sense of safety and relaxation that could potentially influence blood pressure. While studies on massage's effects on blood pressure are still in preliminary stages, the initial findings appear promising.

A recent 2021 study found that foot and back massage was effective in lowering blood pressure and improving sleep quality in women with hypertension.

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Reduces edema during pregnancy

Some research suggests that foot massage and reflexology might help relieve foot and ankle swelling during pregnancy.

While mild swelling in the foot and ankle is typical during pregnancy, abrupt and painful swelling, particularly in a single leg, might signal a blood clot or elevated blood pressure. It is crucial to consult your GP before considering massage therapy as a treatment option.

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Promotes better sleep

The many benefits of foot massage can also help you sleep better.

A soothing foot massage just before bed is great for helping the body unwind, improving blood circulation and relaxing your nerves, all resulting in a more peaceful sleep.

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Do-it-yourself foot massage therapy

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Treat Your Feet to a Yorkshire Spa Day


Fire and Ice Foot Therapy

In this treatment, your feet and lower legs are thoroughly exfoliated, bathed and massaged using hot stones.

A refreshing cooling gel completes the treatment soothing the feet, reducing swelling and increasing circulation.

This is the perfect remedy for tired or well travelled legs.

Fire and Ice Foot Therapy

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Jessica Deluxe Pedicure

This luxury foot treatment removes hard skin, while your feet are massaged with deep conditioning oils and creams. We will then slip your feet into a pair of thermal booties, which helps the oils and creams to penetrate deep into the skin while the warmth improves circulation and relieves stiff joints.

Your cuticles are then groomed and your toenails will be beautifully shaped and polished with a Jessica colour of your choice.

Deluxe Pedicure

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Indulgent Spa Days and Experiences in the Yorkshire Dales

With Long Ashes Pure Spa, you can enjoy a soothing Spa Day in Yorkshire tailored to your needs, schedule, and budget.

We take our time with you, going beyond the basics of just a day spa. You'll get a luxurious experience where you're pampered, relaxed, and treated as an individual.

Why not spoil yourself to a luxurious and rejuvenating Spa Day in Yorkshire?

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