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By Foot Health with Leana

So I’m doing a consultation, and I squeeze the client’s foot while checking it, and you hear...”Oh, dat feels so good... don’t stop!’’ A hint of what massage can do...
The lower limbs are the most used and abused areas of the body. Generally forgotten or mistreated, we assume they are strong and in good shape, until something happens. Massage is often viewed as a form of relaxation; however, it is actually an extremely effective type of therapy that can be administered to relieve pains, improve circulation and reduce stress.

Is there any gender or age
restriction for doing massages?
Not tied to gender or age, massage should be viewed in its proper context, and persons would surely see the benefits to their body. This form of therapy is administered to persons with medical conditions such as musculoskeletal problems, injuries from falls/sports/accidents, and persons who are stressed.
Massage therapy can do your body a world of good as it relaxes the muscles and gives your body the relief needed. More and more it is becoming a preferred choice of treatment, and it is excellent when coupled with sauna treatments, as heat helps to relax the muscles further. When one considers the amount of pressure that is placed on the leg and feet in our daily activities, it is easy to see the absolute need for this therapy. It also alleviates pain and circulation issues that you have been struggling with, even when they’re not serious enough to require medical intervention.

Other benefits
Here are some other key benefits of massage therapy:
• Strengthens the immune system
• Increases lymphatic drainage
• Reduces depression and anxiety
• Improves flexibility and range of motion
• Eliminates pains
• Reduces muscle tension
• Improves rehabilitation after injury
Relaxation and muscle tension reduction
With constant use, your legs don’t relax much. The muscles can remain tight and strained, giving you aches and pains that are difficult to deal with. Massage can alleviate that tension and relax your muscles to give your legs and other parts of your body a stress free, comfortable feeling.

Improved circulation
Proper blood flow is required for the body to work as it should. When you use massage therapy, you can improve circulation in all of the massaged areas. This specific massage will improve circulation in your legs and feet, as well as help in providing support for other areas in the process.

Lymphedema
The main characteristic of this condition is swelling. It tends to occur at the extremities. It results from the lymphatic fluids being unable to circulate properly and can create serious issues in your thighs and legs. With massage, the fluid circulation can be improved and help your legs get back to normal. This won’t cure the issue, but it can offer support to manage the condition.
There are a lot of benefits that you stand to gain from something like a thigh massage. Of course, you should always talk to a licensed, trained massage therapist to make sure that you’re getting the facts and the health support that you deserve. The best practitioner however is someone trained specifically to deal with this condition.
With so much to consider, it’s going to be up to you to explore your options and decide what is best for your needs. Never try this on your own, or let someone who isn’t experienced do your massage. If you want the most from your massage therapy, you need a professional on your side.

Improved alignment
Leg and lower back massages can ensure that your body is properly aligned, to alleviate chronic pain and discomfort that you might be experiencing. Getting things back in shape can provide you with all kinds of relief from common issues that you might have accepted that you just have to ‘deal with’.

Arthritis and massage therapy
Regular massage of muscles and joints, whether by a licensed therapist at a spa, or by self-massage at home, can lead to a significant reduction in pain for people with arthritis.
While most research on massage examines its effects on the general population, and not specifically people with arthritis, more studies are currently underway to examine its effectiveness for arthritic persons.
A recent study done on 68 adults with knee osteoarthritis, receiving two Swedish massages per week for eight weeks, compared the findings with a group who received no massage.
The researchers found that the massage group reported significant improvements in knee pain, stiffness, function, range of motion, and walking.
The notion that massage is just a “rub down” is flawed. Massage is the manipulation of the soft tissue to promote health and well being.
This week’s column therefore contains contributions from our in-house medical massage therapist, Nandini Mohammed on the subject. Based on her daily experiences, she is very concerned about the general lack of knowledge about this important area, which has such broad based potential to help so many.
Your feet mirror your general health . . . cherish them!

Leana Huntley is an English trained foot health practitioner
attached to ALMAWI Limited The Holistic Clinic. Contact the Clinic at info@almawiclinic.com or visit the website at
www.almawiclinic.com.
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