I’ve suffered with back pain for years now and recently I was recounting my experience with Thai foot massage some years ago whilst I was in Thailand to my Physiotherapist. Basically, I had been suffering with acute lower back pain to the extent that one evening I fainted in a restaurant the pain was so bad…and it was very very hot that evening, which didn’t make things any better!
Anyway, the next day I went off and had a Thai foot massage – for anyone who has never had one, it is very similar to Reflexology except it is very very firm and the Therapist will use a little stick instead of their thumbs.
It is such a firm massage that even though at times you dont feel particularly relaxed it does actually release a lot of tension and you do walk away feeling refreshed and in my case totally pain free!
How could it have totally removed my pain?
Well, Reflexology/Thai Foot massage delivers a stimulus to the body hoping to get a reaction from it. The reaction we are looking for is RELAXATION. We want the pressure we put on the soles of the feet to each reflex point to tell the corresponding body part that it needs to relax.
When we are in pain constantly, it is hard to relax and the resulting tension only worsens the pain! It is a vicious circle.
So if we can help to induce relaxation then the hope is this vicious circle will be broken and the body can begin to heal itself.