Want a foot massage Yes or No?

Reflexology Foot Chart - This Reflexology Foot Chart shows the different areas of the human body effected by presure points in the foot.
@byfaithonly (10716)
United States
March 21, 2007 1:43pm CST
Normally I would have answered NO to that question. I have very very ticklish feet and don't want anyone to touch my feet - and you can stop looking at my feet right now. Even that drives me crazy. Today however I uncovered some interesting information:Massage can help you relax, de-stress and improve your physical and mental well-being. "A University of Miami study found that women suffering from breast cancer who received massages three times a week for five weeks experienced improved immune function. This helped speed recovery from their chemotherapy and radiation treatments." "Anyone and everyone can benefit from reflexology’s amazing ability to harmonize all bodily systems. It effectively enhances the functioning of mind, body and soul. Reflexology is a term that refers to the stimulation of the feet, hands or ears in order to affect other parts of the body via specific points that are called microsystems. The microsystems in one part of the body — for example on the foot — contains a representation or “map” of the entire body that can be stimulated to enhance the natural healing processes. Reflexology treatments can help relieve stress and muscular tension, improve blood supply and circulation, and encourage the unblocking of energy/nerve pathways." — from Reflexology by Chris Stormer. The attached chart showes the different areas of the feet that effect different parts of the body. I think I am going to have to work on my phobia of having my feet rubbed – how about you, which are you, a yes or no? Would you change your mind knowing this information? Share with me your best foot massage. Or, talk me into believing it won’t tickle when someone touches my feet.
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@greengal (4288)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I would say yes even if I didn't know all this wonderful information faith! I simply feel so relaxed and happy after a good foot massage. I don't have very sensitive feet, I do feel ticklish but foot massages are allowed..hehe You should try it faith, don't think it will tickle, then it won't ;o) Thanks for this info, very useful!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Oh going to play the little "mind over matter" game are you - as long as I don't think it it won't be - yea right I see you trying to tickle my feet :) I love this chart, I'm having a riot with it myself right now.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I am a YES in this. I've given massages for years. Both foot and body. When I studied Transendental Meditation I learned to rub the balls of my feet to relax me even more. Now that I take care of dad I do his feet and he always falls asleep right after it. So a yes indeed here. Thanks for the chart also. HAPPY POSTINGS FROM GRANDPA BOB !!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
For 3 years I worked at a foster care home on 3rd shift. I had a couple of residents that would be up during the night alot and I started rubbing lotion on their hands and feet for something to do and give them a little one on one time. They loved it and any time they would see me with a bottle of lotion they would stick their hands in my face or start taking their shoes and socks off. Management said I had to "stop" doing it because it was teaching them bad habits.
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@webeishere (36353)
• United States
21 Mar 07
There is a soothing effect when we get any extremity rubbed/massaged. Just human nature to feel relaxed at those times.
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
LOL - now if we were talking back or shoulder massages that's a different story - I would be purring like a kitten.
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@maribel1218 (3085)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
hi byfaith! I want to apologize for not responding to some of your discussion been so busy lately with law school and work. About the foot massage I love it, the way they pamper my feet with foot massager and manually massaging it really feels relaxing. My younger sister really massage me and my mom every night she is a nursing assistant with some trainings in reflexology that's why I get it free lol!!! I think it tickles me the first few days but when you get accustomed to it you crave for a daily foot massage lol!!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Oh maribel I knew you were busy, I've been rather scarce the last few days myself - writing articles. That drained my brain and I just couldn't find words or finger power to respond much.
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21 Mar 07
I LOVE foot massages! I just can't stand giving them! I have a slight phobia of other people's feet. I can't even stand them brushing against me when they're in socks. They just seem so unclean and horrid. My partner is lovely though. He gives me regular foot massages when we're sat on the sofa. I knew about the acupressure points being linked to the whole body - it's a basic principle of reflexology, so as long as you don't have someone gouging them and hurting you, massages can only be a good thing! If you can get over your phobia they're heavenly!
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Now I'm just the opposite, I'm more than willing to give them and have been told I give really good massages I just can't stand having my feet touched.
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
21 Mar 07
We have one foot refloxology just a few houses away from my place. I kept looking outside the shop and they also have this chart same as yours. But I heard its kind of painful. Kind of sucking out your breathe...LOL. For now, I'm content with a body massage. :)
@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Mar 07
It was never painful in my shop... all I ever heard was ahs...
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I think it wouldn't be good if it hurt - maybe they're pressing too hard or something. I've been setting here playing with my feet, pressing on different points, it does feel good and nice thing is I know if I'm pressing too hard or not.
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@charms88 (7543)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
Well, maybe I better try that foot massage just so to feel those ahhh...and not ouccchh!!!
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• Singapore
21 Mar 07
Why not? There are so many acupuncture points at your feet that a massage would work wonders through. But hey, if you go for regular foot massages, it is gonna burn a big hole in your pockets. :P
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Mar 07
the lady at our shop charged $45.00 for one hour,but im not sure about prices anywhere else...
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@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
LOL after the thousands of times I've yelled "Don't touch my feet" there is no way I would pay someone to touch them :) After reading this article though I may at least try doing it myself.
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• Singapore
22 Mar 07
If you get past that, I can almost guarantee you will like it. That's what my Mum said. :P
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@slickcut (8141)
• United States
21 Mar 07
hi faith,yes since i am in the beauty business,I have known this from quite sometime..The shop that i worked in we had a lady that did reflexology,she was the sister of one of our stylist her name was (faith)she could give the very best foot massages...It is nothing like you think,i am ticklish too, but the way they do it is they hold onto your entire foot and do massage,and believe it or not it does not tickle...faith had several ladies going to her because of different medical problems that they had...One i know had a stomach disorder and one was fighting menopause,they swore by it...She had her own little room with a chair that layed back,and she used some type of oils on your feet..You can take a course and become a reflexologist and thats what she did,she had lots of customers....I have all the charts for it in some of my things...for my birthday this last month my two daughters got togeather and sent me 20 beautiful roses and a gift certificate to have a full body massage and a facial...I have not used it yet but i am just as soon as i can get away to do it...I have never had a full body massage but the ones that have had one ,like my daughters say it is so wonderful,so i will find out soon...I am a YES ....I really don't think you would have a problem with a foot massage,it is not a light stroke,it is a deep massive massaging effect,and i do think you would enjoy it...
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Oh how nice of your daughters that sounds like something my #2 son would do but the other 3 would be more inclined to give me a gift like "I won't ask you for anything all day" or "I won't pretend I'm going to tickle your feet today", youngest actually did this last year, "Mom your birthday present from me is if you see any spiders (I hate even typing the word) I'll kill them free of charge"... Maybe I need to cough up the money and get a professional one done or at least try - I wonder if they would give me a refund if I couldn't go through with it.
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@MakDomMom (1474)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I love foot massages!!! I usually have to beg my husband for one - but I did actually get one last night. They certainly make me relax. I got mine right before bed last night - and boy did I sleep good!!! I also love to get a full body massage (my friend owns her own massage therapy business). I would get one every day if I could afford them!! LOL
@byfaithonly (10716)
• United States
21 Mar 07
Did you change your avatar in the last few day? Am I losing it again? LOL I am praying I sleep good tonight, haven't slept the last few nights and last night was the worst. All this massaging my own feet should be good for something.
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@linda345 (2661)
• Canada
23 Mar 07
I think you have convinced me. Where do I sign up. I wonder if when you are getting a back massage will they through a foot massage in with it. My insurance covers massages if a doctor orders them.
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@gberlin (3836)
23 Mar 07
My massage therapist always does my feet besides the rest of my body. My insurance covers 30 visits per year. I do not need a doctor's order and my massage therapist bills my insurance and she does not charge me any extra.
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@mimatexas (1835)
• United States
13 Apr 07
Yes, I would love that someone gives a foot massage! It has many benefits. It really help you relax and Reflexology is one of the methods that helps you in many ways. Thanks for the input.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I love getting foot massages, or massages period. I especially enjoy foot massages now since I'm having some pretty annyoing/bad pain in my foot from an 'injury' that no one can figure out.
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@jennybianca (12915)
• Australia
22 Mar 07
I have heard similar coments about foot massage. Apparently various pressure points on ones feet, directly relate to other parts of our body. I'm not sure how, but your reflexology comments made sense. I can well believe that feet massage reduces stress, hence improves your imuune system. Thus, cancer patients could well benefit from this.
• United States
22 Mar 07
I can't tell you it won't tickle because my feet are not ticklish...got that from my mama. Growing up, every night I would sit in front of her chair and massage her feet for hours with lotion. She loved it. If I ever spend the night with her even now I will do that for her. My girls have taken up the tradition with my feet...the difference is that they actually want me to pay them for it. I love someone massaging my feet...now my body is a different story. My husband gave me a gift certificate for a 1-hour body massage Christmas of 2005...I haven't used it yet. I can't make myself want to enjoy it. I'm sure it will be nice, but I just have this hang-up about it.
@cabergren (1182)
• United States
22 Mar 07
Reflexology is great. My husband gives the best food massages. If I have a headache or have some stress a good massage and it just goes away. I highly recommend it.
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@mykykko (424)
• Philippines
22 Mar 07
at first of course it feels like the lady doing the massage is tickling your feet but later on you'll find it a wonderful feeling,i'll asure you'll love it and it will make you relax.it's important to have a foot massage atleast once a week to relieve the tension inside our feet.for your complete satisfaction also include foot scrub and pedicure.
• United States
22 Mar 07
If I could get my husband to give me a foot massage I would be soooo happy! I have begged him since the beginning of our relationship to give me one and he won't. I give him foot massages hmmm... not fair! My mom and I used to lay in her bed reading her at the head of the bed and me at the foot of the bed and we would take turns giving each other foot massages....I miss that!!!
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• United States
22 Mar 07
I don't think I could let a stranger touch my feet but maybe in the future I would let a boyfriend touch mine. Having someone touch your feet is very intimate in my view. I've heard about this reflexology stuff before and find it interesting but I've never really wanted to try it.
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@sizzle3000 (3040)
• United States
21 Mar 07
I have seen the foot chart. I printed one of these when I first got married some twenty years ago. When my husband tried to give me a foot massage I found out I am ticklish too. I could not stop laughing long enough to actually enjoy the message.
@villageanne (8554)
• United States
21 Mar 07
The only person I want to message my feet is my husband. I hate anyone else touching my feet. My daughters and gradchildren love to have their feet massaged. They will take off their shoes and reach me the lotion. I can put my 2 year old grandson to sleep by rubbing his feet.
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@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
21 Mar 07
Oh I love to have a good foot massage, it is such a wonderful feeling I have had this quite a few times and it is great also for circulation of my feet. Thank you Byfathonly as this is really true what information you have said here in regards to a good massage of our feet.