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6 Amazing Benefits of Foot Massage



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Foot massages have been an indispensable part of a wholesome healthy fitness regime since ancient times. Ayurveda gives immense importance to foot massages. Massaging the right way stimulates nerves, soothes your mind and body, by ensuring improved circulation, relaxed muscles, reduced tension, and most importantly eases pain. For a quick pick-me-up, you can also get those foot rollers and relieve your feet off the stress.

Massage at right pressure points to get body-part specific results. There is heart point, lung, neck point which when massaged provides much-needed relief from pain, exhaustion.

See how a little pampering of your foot takes you a long way:

Stress-buster, sleep-inducer: Foot massages reduce anxiety, depression. Massaging boosts up blood circulation in the body, activates the nerve endings. Especially the tip of the top foot when massaged induces great relief. Your body feels rejuvenated. Foot massaging also helps to battle insomnia.

Beneficial for PMS, menopause: The mood swings, the discomfort experienced during menopause can be easily kept at bay with foot massager. Press the arch of the inside of the foot, a thumb-width from the ball of the foot while massaging to get desired results.

Helps during pregnancy: Swollen feet, pain, postpartum stress are common after and before labour. Hence, reflexology-based foot massages aid the woman’s body to heal faster and achieve normal metabolic activity sooner. Massage helps to reduce the effects of edema.

Beneficial for multiple sclerosis: Patients often experience double vision, blindness in one eye, muscle weakness, dimmed sensation, trouble with coordination and crippling fatigue due to multiple sclerosis. But foot massages, especially the ones that are reflexology-based massages are great in such cases. It gets you rid of the exhaustion.

Relief from headache: At times headache is sinus generated, or due to tension build up in the neck and shoulders or it’s in your temple or the front or back of your head- but if you put pressure on the outside base of your big toe on both your feet and then the front and back of each toe using the squeeze and release technique, you will instantly see the difference.

Nervous system strengthens: Our feet has innumerable nerve endings that go way back to the spine. The insides of both our feet can be mapped to the spine, with the first vertebra being right below the big toe. So, if you put pressure on the foot and massage for about 30-45 seconds by rubbing in a circular motion, your spine will be rejuvenated.

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I’m Following a Weekly 24 Hour Fast: Anil Kapoor Reveals His Fitness Secrets, Favourite Cuisine



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Bollywood veteran Anil Kapoor reveals he has different foods for different moods. The 64-year-old says he loves to try different cuisines and special items from every country he visits. In an exclusive interview, Anil talks about all things food.

Q: What’s your favourite cuisine?

A: I have different foods for different moods. I don’t have a favourite cuisine as such really. A good meal is a good meal regardless of its shape, colour or form.

Q: Where is the food capital of India, according to you?

A: Aamchi Mumbai! I might be biased, but there’s no doubt that the food culture in Mumbai has evolved a lot over the past decade… with so many great new restaurants and talented chefs, it’s a haven for all foodies now.

Q: Do you try local food of places you travel to?

A: I love to try different cuisines and special items from every country and whenever I visit the place again I know my favourites! My manager Jalal conducts proper research on the famous foods of every country/city we visit and we make it a point to try at least a couple of the items, if not all!

Q: Do you eat fast food? How often and how do you compensate?

A: I do eat junk food! I love my burgers and fries every once in a while. My daughter Rhea often whips up some great food for my cheat days. As for how I compensate, I read a quote a while back which said you cannot overstrain a diet… and I couldn’t agree more. If I have a great meal, I always balance it out with a great workout.

Q: Do you follow a strict diet?

A: I do follow a good diet that works for me, but I keep switching it up. Currently for example, I am following a weekly 24 hour fast. I’m not sure how long I will do this, but it’s working for me so far. My diet also depends on how heavy or light my workday is… Honestly, it’s because I keep changing things up that I can sustain it for longer… Cheat days are very important to break the monotony. In fact during the lockdown, we had a designated cheat day where Rhea would cook some delicious food and I would eat to my heart’s content! Now too we have our occasional binge days and I look forward to it!

Q: Do you also cook sometimes?

A: I don’t usually cook but I would love to if I had the time and I’m sure I would enjoy it as well.

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