what is reflexology
Reflexology is a scientific art based on the premise that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet, hands and ears, which correspond to all body parts. The physical act of applying specific pressures using thumb, finger and hand techniques result in stress reduction that causes a physiological change in the body.
Massage works from the outside in…
reflexology works from the inside out.
foot pain sucks
There really is not enough words to describe the excruciating pain of having your first step of the day feel like you just stepped on a hot poker. Or at the end of the day feeling the swollen stumps of your feet throb with hate toward you and your shoes.
There are many causes of foot pain and part of our sessions will be to examine your life, your habits and your shoes.
90% of clients leave my table free of pain for the day and sometimes for several days, after 5 sessions most people choose to come once a month or quarter simply for a tune up because it feels nice.
The following are a list of exercises I suggest all people do all the time, however they are especially helpful to those experiencing foot pain to stretch the muscles and strengthen the foot structures. If you come to me for a session do to foot pain, these are your exercises. Everyone else can throw them in once in a while to maintain healthy, happy feet.
The 4 most important ways to move your foot are:
Ankle circles: slowly rotate the ankle in both directions 10-15 times. Ankle circles stretch and strengthen all the major muscles that move your foot and will release tension from overuse, standing, exercise, and lack of use (sitting).
Point and flex: slowly point your foot as much as you can, gently hold this extreme for 2 seconds, release. Flex your foot as much as you can, again hold at this extreme for 2 seconds and repeat 10-15 times per foot. If you find yourself starting to cramp, gently ease off and reverse movement and with the next repetition do not go to such an extreme.
incorporate these movements into everyday
Inversion and eversion: slowly rotate the arch of the foot towards your head and hold this movement for 2 seconds. Then reverse motion so the arch faces away. I like to call this one “conducting the orchestra” as the movement in the foot resembles arm movements used in conducting. Again repeat this exercise 10-15 times and if your foot is starting to cramp gently ease off and reverse the movement.
Calf Stretching: the easiest calf stretch is to lean against the wall putting one leg back until you have a nice stretch in your calf muscles. Another option could be holding on to the railing of the stairs, drop your heel off the stair and allow calf muscles to stretch. Hold for 10 seconds then raise up on to your tippy toes (to reset the muscles) and slowly drop down again into a stretch. Repeat this process slowly moving in and out of active stretch 5-10 times. An easy way to integrate this into your daily life is to stretch while your brushing teeth or cooking. When walking do a couple of stretches on the stairs or at the curb while waiting for the light.