Awhile back I posted a thread called "The Negative Stigma of Tickling" which came from another thread, "Very Ticklish Client". The very first thread was started by a massage therapist concerning a client who was not only ticklish on her feet, but found great benefit in it as a form of stress relief. I've been having this same treatment done by my therapist (an LMT) for almost two years and though I have had reflexology and foot massage, etc., this treatment has been amazingly beneficial. It has helped with lower back pain, allergies, stress eduction, knee pain, etc. The endorphine release caused by the laughter is scientifically proven to help in may areas. Plus, its fun. I have just run across another individual who is also sold on the therapy. I have discovered that there are not as many open minded people out there as they claim, but there are a few. I am asking that some of those more open minded give this a shot. My own therapist, who had previously never done this until I asked her about it, is amazed at how it works. Maybe even incorporate it into a massage.
When I first posted, even though I was sold on it, I've not run into others who have tried it but that is starting to change. I'm sold. I think people think this is flaky cause they associate it with childhood rough housing, but it's not even close. Historically it was done in several countries, usually among royalty. Anyhow, for those open minded enough, let me give you some tips to try:
1. Have the person lie flat on their stomach.
2. Tell them about the therapy before hand so that its not a surprise and let them know you will stop immediately as soon as they ask.
3. Place your palms on the soles of the feet...either one at a time or together. My therapist starts with only one, but eventually does both together. Let them get acclimated to your palm. Then begin to slowly and lightly tickle the sole.
4. One thing we have found out is that certain very sensitive spots relate directly with reflex areas used in reflexology and worked through.
5. Don't do it long, just enough to produce light giggling which is often very relaxing. When my therapist started, it was for brief moments and eventually you can build up. My usual treatments are a mixture of the tickling and a relaxing foot massage usually balanced out. Sometimes I request more of one than the other and that just depends on what I feel like. Yesterday, for the first time in almost two years, I asked her to do as much stimulation as possible and she tickled my feet for almost the whole time! It was extremely intense but extremely stress releasing. I came home and slept for a couple hours! I could have never handled that at the beginning stages.
I would love to know how it goes and hear of your results...I think you will be pleasantly surprised. If I can answer any questions, I would be more than happy to do so. It really is a great therapy and one that should at least be explored a little. My therapist shared some insight recently that I would be glad to share as to why she thinks this works. Again, I'd be glad to share