Our feet play an important role in our body. They provide us with our much-needed body weight support, so we can stand up and perform functions such as walking and running. Moreover, according to reflexology, applying pressure and/or placing TCM pads to specific parts of your feet would aid certain organs in your body. For instance, right below your big toe to your neck - if you suffer from neck ache and soreness due to long work hours, ask your therapist to pay special attention to the point below your big toe! Needless to say, our feet need the tender, loving care they very much deserve.
The Health Benefits of Foot Detox
More than its relaxing benefits, a good foot detoxing treatment can do wonders for our overall health, mood, and energy level and even enhances your quality of sleep. As reflexology shows, our entire body is represented by and connected to the feet, meaning that caring for and nurturing different parts of the feet can bring health and well-being to the corresponding limbs and organs. Here are some of the great reasons why you should treat your feet:
- Stimulate blood circulation
- Eliminate the toxins from the body based on foot reflexology theory
- Aids against anxiety and depression
- Enhance your immune system functions
- Improves cardiovascular health
- Aids in pain and inflammation
- Soften thick stubborn calluses and make them easier to exfoliate
The 4 Main Types of a Foot Detox
There are different ways to detoxify through your feet. Below are the four main ways:
1. Acupressure-based Foot Spa or Foot Reflexology
Our feet consist of hundreds of vital nerve endings as well as acupressure points. Acupressure-based foot spa aims at stimulating these acupressure points which are believed to be deeply relaxing and health beneficial.
2. Detox Foot Pads
Essentially based on the science of ancient reflexology, detox foot pads offer natural body detoxification. Patched at the sole of your feet and ideally left overnight, these foot pads help draw out toxins from the body which in turn help release tension, enhance blood circulation and promote cell regeneration.
3. Foot Scrub and Foot Mask
Both foot scrub and foot mask are excellent ways to clean and detoxify the feet. Aside from being great stress-relievers, these methods help soften and exfoliate your feet’s skin as well as deal with odor and common foot fungal infections.
4. Do-It-Yourself Foot Soak
Besides visiting a spa for foot treatments, you can make your own detox foot bath from the comfort of your home. You can can also massage your feet by yourself particularly at the reflexology points.
How to Do a Homemade Foot Soak
Experience the benefits of detoxifying your feet. If you find foot spas relatively expensive you can make your own foot soak at home by following these steps:
1. The preparation
Fill a basin with warm to hot water. Sprinkle some bath salt into the basin. Add some bubble bath solution and essential oils if desired.
You can also use TCM foot bath powders (typically include ginger and mugwort) as the main "ingredient" of your foot bath, both bath salt and foot bath powders offer the benefits of eliminating toxins, removing feet odor, and boosting blood circulation. Definitely include bath salt if you want to do a scrub to exfoliate your feet.
You can also add herbs such as mint and rose petals or even some lemons for aromatherapy and fragrance.
2. Soak feet for about 15 minutes
Indulge your self for a relaxing foot soak for 15 minutes. While you’re at it, listen to some relaxing music, read a book, light up a candle with a calming scent, massage other parts of the body or combine it with your other beauty regimen like a face mask.
Our Zen recommendation here is to practice a 3 - 5 minutes breathing meditation to clear your thoughts and turn yourself into sleep mood!
3. Exfoliate your feet
Soaking in water softens the skin around your feet. Now is the best time to exfoliate your feet using a foot scrub, preferably a homemade foot scrub or organic scrub to ensure you are using natural and harmless product.
4. Foot massage
Give your feet a good massage using your hands for further relaxation and pampering. You can search for a foot reflexology chart online and massage the points that "reflect" specific internal organs.
5. Finish off with a lotion or oil
Once done, pat your feet dry and keep it warm. Don’t forget to apply foot lotion or body oil to seal in the moisture around your feet.
Last but not least, Zenkle Box is here to take care of your foot wellness! On evenings that you feel lazy to make your own foot soak therapy, you can also eliminate toxins from your body by pasting on the detox foot patch on your feet. Try out the benefits for yourself by signing up for September's Zenkle Box today.