Foot Massage dates back to ancient China, Egypt, and India. All three civilizations had a different representation of the foot massage, from restoring Qi (Energy) to Ayurvedic tradition of healing, to physiotherapy. But, they all used foot massage as a form of healing and restoring energy, balance, or harmony to the body, mind, and spirit.
Ancient Egypt’s Tomb of Ankhmahor was erected sometime during the sixth dynasty (2345 BC to 2181 BC). It’s sometimes known as the tomb of the physician, as there are references to medical practices throughout the tomb. There is one scene of four men, with two practicing some sort of massage or reflexology on the other two men’s hands and feet. It is known in ancient Egyptian history that they were the first to use essential oils to make massage oils and perfumes. And, according to ancient Egyptian teachings, “The feet collected all the energy of the Earth and used it like magnets to support our body. Everything good or bad starts in the feet,” (House of Life).
Ayurvedic medicine or Ayurveda began at least 5000 years ago in India as one of the original medicine practices. It’s used widely today in India as their primary medical system. Ayurveda is a holistic approach to healing and like Qi, it’s about balance and harmony of the body, mind, and spirit. Ayurveda means Life Science, from the two Sanskrit words, Ayura (Life) and Veda (Science). Chinese medicine and later philosophies were influenced by Ancient Ayurveda tradition, including Chinese reflexology which uses pressure points in the feet to heal and restore energy in specific areas of the body.
Around 5000 BC, China began making references to massage. Qi, or life energy or energy force, is the basis for their acupuncture, acupressure and reflexology theories and practices. Qi is the energy flow that makes for a balanced body and mind (Yin and Yang). If your Qi (pronounced Chi, or Chee), is out of balance or blocked , your body loses its energy force, and aches & pains, even disease can appear. Ancient Chinese tradition says that the feet are the soul (not sole) of your entire body and that by pressing certain points on the feet, you can unblock Qi and regain balance in the body.
All of these ancient civilizations commonly knew the feet were the key to overall health and wellness. Foot massage has been a practice in all traditions from thousands of years ago to today to improve circulation, relieve stress and anxiety, aches and pains, and even heal your body from disease.
Indian Kansa Vatki Foot Massage comes from the Ayurveda tradition and it means metal bowl. The Kansa Vatki bowl is made of three different metals: copper, zinc, and tin. Copper is used to help reduce pain, inflammation, and arthritis, Zinc is considered to be helpful to the immune system and digestion, and Tin may relieve headaches and insomnia and digestion.
Foot massage is not only one of the best things you can do for tired, aching feet, but you’ll feel the benefits throughout your entire body. It can improve circulation and muscle stimulation. It may also relieve pain and tension, including joint pain and headaches.
Jivana Green Spa & Salon features the Tibetan Revitalizing Foot Treatment which combines a soak, scrub, massage, and the Tibetan three-metal bowl massage.