A small study in Japan (n=13) looked at the autonomic, neuro-immunological and psychological responses to wrapped warm footbaths.   “Warm wrapped footbaths” were associated with an increase in parasympathetic activity and decrease in sympathetic activity as measured by serum cortisol levels and salivary igA levels.  Hmmmm…. so footbaths are relaxing…..  

I actually do recommend bodywork, whether massages or pedicures, to patients to help manage and mitigate the effects of stress.  How much better to get a pedicure than to pop an extra benzo.