By: Dr. Brahmananda Nayak
“The doors to the body’s inner pharmacy are under the bottom of your feet.”
This statement stands cent percent true as our feet work in conjunction with multiple organs, foot tension can lead to muscle strain and intensify fatigue and irritability. Regular ayurvedic massage helps to carve these health hazards in the most soothing manner.
Ayurveda – the science of life; is the holistic system of medical science and is the oldest healing method dating back to 5000 years. Padabhyanga, the mystic art of ayurvedic foot massage using herbal oil is an age old ritual practised by Indians usually before retiring to bed. Nerves in the foot are connected to various vital organs and relaxing them before ending the day offers many benefits.
Digging deep into the pages of the dusted treasures of immense knowledge i.e. the Vedas, we got to know some of the wonders that an ayurvedic foot massage can do to our body. Brace yourself as we unveil some of the secret remedies that are tucked under your feet.
Releasing stress, anxiety and depression: The times we live in, stress and its allies are becoming more and more common. Relaxing your body with an ayurvedic foot massage for a mere 15 minutes before retiring to bed calms you down and guarantees you a good night sleep. Padabhyanga is a proven technique to cure insomnia.
Soothes the nerves, revitalises the CNS and improves blood circulation: Ayurvedic foot massage directly affects blood circulation in the entire body, activating all nerve endings for better functioning of all organs which results in an efficient immune system and better digestive functionality.
Aids foot health, heal cracks of the heels: A significant reduction in the cracking of heels, dryness and roughness of feet is observed in people treated with Padabhyanga with sesame oil for one month.
Cures Hemiplegia and Paraplegia: A study in the management of hemiplegia (one-sided paralysis) and paraplegia revealed that treating with ayurvedic foot massage for 45 minutes for one month continuously can show significant improvement after treatment.
Reduces symptoms of Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS): Applying Padabhyanga in the arch of the inside of the foot and stimulating this point by pressing it with the fingers helps in relieving abdominal cramps along with other PMS symptoms.
Apart from these, Padabhyanga also offers tons of other benefits like:
Helps to maintain good eyesight and hearing
Relieves pain, fatigue and cramps
Balances foot and body temperature.
Rejuvenates the whole body
Restores youth and vitality
Nourishes hair follicles
Relaxes tired feet & legs and reduces swelling; nourishes the skin
Improves joint mobility and relaxes the muscles of feet and legs
Restores levels of Prana (energy)
Helps to rebalance the bio-energetic principles (doshas) of Ayurveda that regulate body functions.