While you are soothing your aching feet with a massage, you are also helping to improve circulation. Research has shown that massaging your feet for 10 minutes a day can dramatically improve blood flow to your lower extremities. Not only is this especially important for people with diabetes, but it can also help to improve the appearance of varicose veins. You also get the benefit of improved heart health with better circulation.
Regular foot massages can also help to lower high blood pressure that is often caused by stress and tension. A Danish research study found that a short foot massage three times a week was effective at reducing high blood pressure and treating migraine headaches. This was especially true for people who used a reflexology massage technique. This technique targets the pressure points on your feet, similar to the methods used in acupuncture therapy. The rubbing motions help to ease stress and pain that is often the cause of these health problems. As an added bonus, you will also notice an improvement in your general mood.