Try foot massage the Ayurvedic way: Pada Abhyangam

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There’s not much that’s more relaxing than having your feet massaged. I’m not talking about the “please rub my aching feet” massage – I mean a real foot massage!

There are many techniques of foot massage, including inserts for your shoes, spiky mats that you walk on, wooden rollers that you roll under your feet, and – of course – the traditional foot massage by hand.

Why is a foot massage so good for you?

You may not know that the sole of your foot is like a map to the whole of your body (as are your hand and your ear.) For instance, when massaging the base of your little toe, you’re actually having an impact on your ear! The ticklish arch of your foot corresponds to your bladder. So, by having a great foot massage, you’re actually benefiting your whole body.

How can I optimize my foot massage experience?

My personal foot massage routine starts with the Conair Waterfall Foot Spa with Lights, Bubbles, and Heat. The bubbles and lights are just for effect, as far as I’m concerned – it’s the heat that makes it all worth it! I start with a cup of Morton Epsom Salts in warm water in the foot spa, and soak for a good 20 minutes. I place the foot spa under my desk, so I can work while soaking!

What else do I need?

You really don’t need anything else besides someone to massage your feet, but if you want the ultimate foot massage, try using essential oils!

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  • Lavender promotes relaxation.
  • Melaleuca soothes minor skin irritations.
  • Rosemary soothes sore muscles.
  • Wild Orange is a powerful cleansing agent.
  • Ylang Ylang helps lessen tension and stress.

Plus, they all smell amazing!

So, what is this Ayurvedic foot massage?

Pada Abhyangam is a relaxing foot massage using Ayurvedic oils. It will help to revitalize tired feet and legs, while increasing the flow of energy, relaxing the entire body.

In Ayurveda, the points on the right foot are related to the body’s metabolic system, while the points on the left foot have a calming effect.

Learn more about Pada Abhyangam here.