How to give yourself a 3-minute foot massage.

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Hard day at work? Kids running you ragged? Overdid it on the machine? Got a spouse who’s always demanding a foot rub? Here’s a quick guide to a brief but effective self-delivered foot massage – which would work for your spouse as well!

If you’re serious about foot massage, you probably know about reflexology. Reflexology is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body. Here is a chart which shows which parts of your feet relate to other parts of your body.

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While there is no convincing evidence that reflexology is effective for any medical condition I resorted to it when I had a brutal sinus infection while pregnant and unable to take medications. The lady rubbed one of my toes and instantly the “damn broke” in my sinus and I could breathe again. Was it coincidence, i was lying down at the time, I don’t know. But, boy was I glad to have it cleared.