1. HOT FOOT TIP!
What have you done for your feet lately?
Your feet are communicators; they are working hard for you.
Research shows that the vast number (200,000 +) neuroreceptors in the feet are sensing the environment and sending messages to the brain.
In response the brain communicates to the rest of the body’s systems and to the feet; ‘asking’ the body to make adjustments that will improve your performance, movement, balance, and so on . . .
We live in a 'shoe culture', so many feet are being deprived the opportunity of fully flexing their sensors and communication capabilities.
Feet are often terribly neglected.
Your feet need to explore the world too! Time to start flexing them!
Start working with your feet!
There are so many ways you can improve foot-to–brain co-ordination.
Dancing barefoot is great. If your home has a carpet or a rug, then shuffle your feet and toes as you dance. Let your toes really spread themselves – set them free, they want to help you balance!
The Right Pressure's Foot Flexing tip!
Here’s a quick routine you can practice several times a week. It's a very simple and yet effective way to sense where in your body you may be storing tension: -
After a bath or shower moisturise your feet, taking your time to massage the skin well - LOVE your feet.
Lift a foot off the floor (you can sit or stand for this!) Perform ankle rotations. Reverse the direction. Repeat with the other foot.
Sitting on a comfortable chair, or the floor (great if you are yoga trained!), hold your right ankle and place on your left thigh (as though you were planning to sit cross legged), hold your foot with your right hand.
With your left hand, take hold of the outside and inside of your Right big toe, Rotate the toe at least five times (do as many rotations as feels good). Then rotate in the opposite direction. Repeat with each toe, in both directions.
Raise your Left ankle and place on your Right thigh (as though you were planning to sit cross legged), hold your foot with your Left hand.
With your Right hand take hold of the outside and inside of your Left big toe, Rotate the toe at least five times (do as many rotations as feels good). Then rotate in the opposite direction. Repeat with each toe, in both directions.
Simple movements, now - here's the key: -
With each rotation, from the ankle through each toe, bring your awareness 'inward' to what is happening in your body. As you move through a rotation you may experience in the toe or ankle stiffness or awkwardness in a certain point of the rotation the toe or ankle. This stiffness has a connection to an area (or areas) within the body.
With time and practice, you should start to notice which areas of your body is storing tension. The continued flexing of this workout will help your body to release that tension, and help you to know where you store tension. It's helpful to keep a note of where these tensions are - over time you may start to see patterns and connections to your life. We are habitual in nature, so you may start to see some repetition of tension. This will help you to know your body and stress impactors better!
NOTE: if you have issues with your back, hips or knees, ask a partner, relative or friend to carry out the ankle and toe rotations for you!
If you are suffering injury to the feet and ankles, you can also try this exercise with your wrists and fingers too!
Reflexology and other complimentary alternative medicines are great for use as part of an overall health care plan. If you are suffering from illness it's good to first discuss your requirements with your GP or health specialist prior to commencing a course of Holistic Therapy
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