Once you get past the tickle-factor, getting a foot massage can be one of the most relaxing ways to unwind. Not only does it feel amazing, getting a foot rub also has some pretty amazing health benefits if you can master the right technique.
What is reflexology?
Reflexology is an ancient practice proven to treat and alleviate the symptoms of many diseases. Most of the reflex points that impact the organs of the body are found in the hands and feet. By stimulating these specific areas, recipients can see and feel the effects on the corresponding parts of the body.
How reflexology can help manage diabetes
In diabetes patients, reflexology can be a very effective tool for controlling insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels. How is this possible? Working on the reflex points that align with the pancreas and the endocrine system encourage the production of insulin by helping the cells of the body to work as efficiently as possible. Likewise, applying pressure to reflex points that correspond with the organs responsible for carbohydrate metabolism can help normalize your blood sugar.
It’s advised to start a reflexology treatment by targeting the reflex points that correspond with the endocrine glands, which control the entire metabolic system. These include the pituitary gland, pineal gland, thyroid and parathyroid glands, thymus gland, adrenal gland, pancreas gland, and the testes (for men) or ovaries (for women). Next, move onto the parts of the foot that align with the organs responsible for carbohydrate digestion and absorption, including the stomach, small intestine, liver, pancreas, and muscle cells.
The bottom line
In addition to controlling insulin production and regulating blood sugar levels, reflexology can also improve kidney function and blood flow, alleviate joint pain, and even help prevent diabetes complications like nerve damage, heart problems, eye problems, and sex and urological issues. So, the next time you ask your partner for a foot massage, come prepared with a pair of diabetic socks and a reflexology chart to make sure you reap the full benefits. When used properly, reflexology can protect your organs from the effects of long-term diabetes and stimulate and balance the function of the entire body.