In order to maintain healthy tissues in your legs, it is very important to have a healthy blood circulation. A blood flow that is steady and strong allows for constant exchange at the cellular level of waste and nutrients.
Healthy blood flow also promotes healthy flow of lymphatic fluid, an immune system’s key component. The lymph fluid has the role to carry waste from internal organs and muscles.
Minimizing intake of damaged fats and refined carbohydrates as well as keeping active are among the key requirements for maintaining a healthy blood circulation. Beyond these measures, a powerful yet simple way of promoting steady and strong blood circulation throughout your legs is leg massage.
Back of knees area
An important spot to focus your leg massage is the soft depression that found at the knees’ back. This area contains a number of nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic system components. It is called popliteal fossa. By massaging gently this region, you can promote nerve tone and healthy blood flow throughout your legs.
This special form of massage works via in the same way as the powerful therapeutic tools of acupuncture and acupressure. You can encourage the nerves and blood vessels to function better by applying direct stimulation to them. According to a very basic law of life stimulation of tissues and sensible use invigorates them, while lack of use can lead to atrophy.
Right in your popliteal fossa is located a powerful acupuncture point called Bladder 40. According to Chinese traditional medicine and acupuncture schools, all of the most powerful acupuncture points represent clusters of major nerves and blood vessels. This explains why massaging the point at the knees’ back can have healthy effects.
Massage for enhancing circulation
It is recommended to start with a comprehensive plan in mind if you want to massage a person’s legs for better circulation. After your plan is made, you can start working to its completion. Since nutrients and blood have to travel a long distance to reach the entire leg, the heart circulation difficulties are common in this area.
In order to return to the heart and filtering organs once again, the returning deoxygenated blood, in addition, must rise against the pull of gravity. In order to enhance circulation, massage is an excellent method. For best effects, the massage therapist must work on both your legs.
Circulation is boosted to the extremities by some particular types of massage. Someone who suffers from poor circulation issues can be affected by various discomforts including cold feet, fluid pooling in the extremities, achiness and fatigue created by acid lactic accumulating in the muscles. Tense, damaged muscles can receive more oxygen-rich blood necessary to heal if good circulation is reestablished through leg massage.
Leg massage can facilitate better circulation by
moving blood through congested areas using the pressure created. New blood flows in after the pressure release. The pulling and squeezing also improves lymph fluid circulation and eliminates lactic acid.
In order to give a proper massage, you need to first determine why it’s necessary to increase the blood circulation. In case that the patient is suffering from a cardiac or circulatory condition, you need to first discuss the treatment planned with his physician. This way you know whether the patient’s circulatory system can withstand the greater blood flow and the pressure of massage.
Other reasons for leg massage
According to the ancient Greeks, one of the methods to stay in good health is to have a daily massage. Today’s experts still agree with this recommendation. Massage can improve body function, lower blood pressure, and help to accelerate the healing process.
In case that the patient’s circulatory system is fine, there are other reasons why they might desire an increased circulation in the legs. Some common reasons are to address occasional swelling, to help warm chronically cold feet, or to relieve pain from physical activity. Other people may even be interested in using leg massage for achieving better athletic performance.
Since performing leg massage techniques can stimulate the lymphatic system as well as blood circulation, if it is done regularly it can also help preventing varicose veins. Massage strokes that go up in direction of the lymph nodes can lessen lower legs’ congestion. In case that the legs feel swollen or puffy to the touch, you have to ensure using only gently pressure.
How to give a leg massage
Firm massage around the thighs or on other larger muscles can help improve the functioning of the lymphatic system and dispel tiredness. Over areas that are bony, like the knees and shins, it is recommended to work more lightly.
You have to start your leg massage session at the foot, in order to boost circulation. Use your palms to press the right foot between them and give a firm and fast friction rub to the foot. Continue the same technique for a couple of minutes, then start stroking the foot firmly but gently going up to the ankle, while keeping it between your palms.
Use your right hand to support the ankle and raise the leg. Push from ankle to knee, moving your left hand in a firmly motion. Start the same steps with the other hand after six strokes. Before lowering the leg, repeat twice more this step.
The next step consists in moving your massage areas up to the thigh. Use your both palms to give a fast rub to the thigh. Follow this by firm, slow strokes by keeping your hand with fingers curved and relaxed. Repeat the same massage technique on the other leg and foot.
Buttocks and backs of legs massage
Performing a proper massage to the backs of the legs can considerably improve the most sluggish circulation and lymphatic system. Turn face down the one who is going to receive the massage. Stroke firmly the leg’s back, in a continuous and smooth movement.
Go up to the center of the leg, continuing the stroke movements. Keep performing the same movement at the top of the thigh, down leg’s opposite sides, by using each hand on one side. Keep the movement until you reach again the ankle’s back.
It is recommended to repeat this massage sequence three times. Increase the pressure slightly each time when going toward the heart on the upward stroke.