Just what is Brazilian toe massage? You may have heard of this technique and wondered what masseuses are doing to people’s toes down in Brazil. This type of bodywork is more than just a weird way of messing around with someone’s toes, though. Brazilian toe massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on pressure points and helps to relieve stress and tension that has built up in the body. If you’ve never experienced it, you should definitely try it and see what all the fuss is about.
Many people believe that Brazilian toe massage works on the same principles as acupuncture, enhancing energy flow in depleted organs and releasing surplus energy that is trapped within other organs. Acupuncture causes a natural alteration of one’s physical, mental and emotional state, just as Brazilian toe massage does. Instead of inserting needles into the skin at certain pressure points, though, the toe massage technique revolves around six energy meridians at the ends of the toes that intertwine with all the organs of the body. Massage therapists who practice Brazilian toe massage can release chi, or positive energy, by holding the toes and influencing the body’s energy meridians, which connect with the spleen, liver, stomach, bladder, gall bladder and kidney.
Having a Brazilian toe massage is a comfortable and relaxing experience. You simply close your eyes and lie on a massage table with your toes exposed to the masseuse. He or she then holds the tips of the central toes between his or her thumb and fingers for several minutes each, in a specific order. While holding your toes, the massage therapist channels energy that causes a positive reaction in the meridians leading to the affected organs. When moving from one toe to the next, the massage therapist moves his or her fingers onto the next toe before breaking contact. For those who swear by the technique, it is a lifesaver from the stress, improperly channeled energy and negative energy that is pent up in the body.
There has not been a great deal of research done on the short-term or long-term effects of Brazilian toe massage, but a physician at a drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Melbourne did conduct some studies about its therapeutic benefits. He found that patients who had not responded well to the center’s traditional psychotherapeutic techniques did respond well to this technique, when it was applied twice a day for an extended period of time.