A foot bath is one of the easiest and most effective ways to seek a healthy lifestyle in today's modern world. It not only enhances cleanliness and promotes rejuvenation but also helps relieve symptoms of stress that arise in daily life.
People living in busy cities often have stress-related ailments. Office workers who sit in the same posture for extended periods, homemakers who repetitively use the same muscle groups, students who don't even have time to stretch their arms, are suffering from unwelcome symptoms like chronic fatigue, headaches, indigestion, constipation, and muscle pain.
Foot baths, however, stimulate blood circulation, thus balancing the condition of the body holistically. In general, the lower body has a lower temperature than the upper body, causing the stagnation of blood and waste that brings about circulatory disorders. When blood circulation is improved through a foot bath, many physical abnormalities disappear. According to herbal medicine, a condition where the head is cool and the feet warm is considered most desirable. When no stimulus of muscle movement is applied to the feet, the temperature of the lower body drops because blood circulation is stemmed.
However, most people have a warm head and cool feet, which causes circulation disorders and hinders the metabolism. If this condition continues, people often develop diseases. A simple way to solve this problem is by taking regular foot baths. They not only relieve stress on the feet, but also help energize the body and the mind.
◆ How to take a foot bath
1. Prepare a chair, basin, mat, towel, and thermometer in a convenient place for a foot bath.
2. Wash your feet and drink a glass of water.
3. Pour 38-40-degree Celsius water into the basin and prepare hot water separately to add to the bowl and maintain the water temperature while taking your foot bath.
4. Sit up straight and sink your feet into the water. Make sure the water reaches the point where it is four fingers away from the inner anklebone.
5. Wait 15 to 20 minutes until your entire body warms up and your forehead, armpits, and back start to sweat. Even if you do not sweat as much as expected, do not raise the water temperature or extend the time of the bath.
6. If the water cools down, add the hot water prepared in advance to maintain the temperature.