Monday, 29 June 2009

Foot Massage Helps you Get to Sleep

I was reading through some of my old complementary therapy magazines recently and stumbled upon the following interesting piece of information in the September 2007 issue of Natural Health magazine.
Trouble falling asleep? Before getting into bed, ayurvedic practitioners recommend massaging your feet for a few minutes with sesame oil, ghee or olive oil. If you have a fiery constitution, you can use coconut oil, which is cooling. This is a very helpful way to quiet the mind. Wiping the oil off with a cool cloth is also purported to induce a calming effect on the sleep centres of the brain.”
While massaging your feet, you can also work on several of the reflexes on the feet to help induce relaxation and get you off to sleep. I would suggest working the diaphragm reflex to help relax and regulate your breathing, the solar plexus, the head, brain, adrenals, pituitary, and pineal reflexes.

You could even add a couple drops of lavender essential oil to the chosen oil to help you drop off!

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