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Massage the Feet Like This Before Sleeping, Many Diseases of the Body Will Go Away

Posted by: Priya Roy KarmakarDate: 31st January 2023 11:01 IST
Massage the Feet Like This Before Sleeping, and Many Diseases of the Body Will Go Away. Padabhyanga Steps and Benefits

If we tell you that many diseases of the body can be cured by massaging the feet, you probably will not believe us. But, Padabhyanga is such a miraculous process in which the body can be kept healthy by massaging the feet.

Yes, feet are very important in Ayurveda and feet are important parts of the body. Ayurveda states that different parts of the feet correspond to different parts of the body. The feet have pressure points called 'marmas'. These are energy centers that run throughout the body.

When pressed, it activates the circulatory energy in the liver, kidney, stomach, neck, heart, head, and other organs. In Ayurveda, there are about 107 marmas in our body of which 5 marmas (vital areas) are located in each foot and they also have many nerve endings. Padabhyanga helps release all the negative energy from these marmas and contributes to good health and well-being.

It is safe to say that aphorisms directly affect the subconscious nature as well as provide a psychological cleansing effect. Let us know in detail about this special Ayurvedic foot massage through this article. Ayurvedic expert Niti Seth ji is telling us about this. He has shared this information through his Instagram.

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What is foot massage?

The word Padabhyanga is derived from two Sanskrit words 'pad+abhyanga', 'pada' meaning foot, and 'abhyanga' meaning massage. Thus, it is described as calming and soothing massage therapy, if done properly it can completely revitalize and rejuvenate our body and there are many benefits of padabhyanga described in various Ayurvedic texts.

This therapy is also done daily which has to be done before going to bed. Ayurveda tells that out of 107 bodies 5 marmas are located in the feet, and many times they get closed due to one reason or the other. Doing this therapy daily will release the blocked energy and provide many health benefits.

Benefits of foot massage

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Some of the most common benefits of padabhyanga are-

  • Padabhyanga is known to stimulate certain regions that effectively work in mental relaxation and improve mental health.
  • Regular practice of padabhyanga provides wonderful benefits as it helps to overcome general weakness and fatigue of the lower limbs and improves the quality of sleep.
  • This therapy is done as a precursor to other panchakarma treatments that are used to treat gastric problems.
  • It helps in the management of sciatica through increased blood circulation and improved perirenal circulation.
  • Among the benefits of padabhyanga, it promotes healthy eyes and senses of hearing.
  • It helps in relieving pain by effectively relaxing the muscles and ligaments.
  • Regular practice of padabhyanga stimulates vital points on the feet which effectively improves blood and lymph circulation. Thus, it helps in detoxifying the body.
  • This therapy works effectively in reducing pain in the lower extremities.
  • It helps to relieve the contraction of the ligaments, vessels, and muscles of the feet.
  • Regular practice of Pada Abhyanga helps to pacify and maintain the 'Vata Dosha'.
  • It relieves the problem of cracked heels.

Steps of Foot Massage

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Make sure you have a dark-colored towel so that the floor doesn't get oily and you can prevent any chances of slipping.

  • Heat oil or ghee of your choice. (sesame in winter or ghee/coconut oil in summer) Add essential oil of your choice like lavender or rosemary.
  • Apply oil all over the feet.
  • Massage the bones of both ankles in circular motions.
  • Massage the top and bottom of the heel.
  • Gently pull each toe upward and massage from the base of the toe to the top.
  • With both hands, massage the front of the foot vigorously.
  • Using your thumbs, massage both the arches of your feet. Massage here for a while and use firm pressure. This will help in relieving foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
  • Gently pull and massage each toe along the back of your foot.
  • Using a closed fist, knead the leg up and down.
  • With both hands, massage the top and bottom of the foot with pressure. Focus on the ball of your foot under your big toe.
  • Then massage your heels.
  • Gently massage the three main marma points in a clockwise motion.
  • Massage the entire foot and wear socks to keep warm and keep the floor from getting oily.
  • Repeat on the other leg.

Precautions in foot massage

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The following are some things to keep in mind:

  • Apply pressure to the feet when the patient is comfortable. If she feels any pain or discomfort, don't continue with the massage.
  • In swollen feet, this treatment is not recommended.
  • Padabhyangam should not be performed if there is indigestion, an abnormal condition of the skin, or any circulatory disorder in the lower limbs.
  • If you have any injury on your ankle, toes, or any other part of your foot, the patient needs to consult an expert.

Finally we would just like to tell you that Padabhyanga, a soothing and calming massage is highly recommended before going to bed. A gentle massage including stroking and rubbing of the feet induces better heart circulation in the feet and helps you feel relaxed.

If you experience particular fatigue, insomnia, nervousness, or cramps, a simple 15-minute foot massage may help relieve your condition. Foot reflexology has positive effects on the mind and body. The use of Padabhangam promotes healthy growth in children, allows adults to retain strength, and helps prevent the onset of degenerative diseases in older people.

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