Show Your Feet a Little Love
No matter how long you’ve been in a relationship, dates are essential for reconnecting and touching base with your partner. While Valentine’s Day is the biggest date night of the year, there is a ton of pressure to make perfect plans. Avoid the stress and get creative on February 14th by making a DIY date night crate for a memorable night! Before choosing which date to plan, get a reusable box or crate big enough to hold everything you’ll need for your night.
What is Reflexology?
Reflexology, also known as zone therapy, is an alternative medicine involving application of pressure to the feet and hands with specific thumb, finger, and hand techniques without the use of oil or lotion. Benefits of reflexology include relaxation and stress relief, better sleep, lower blood pressure, improved circulation, and alleviation of headaches and migraines. It is based on a system of zones and reflex areas that purportedly reflect an image of the body on the feet and hands, with the premise that such work effects a physical change to the body.
For example, using the basic reflexology knowledge on the above chart let’s find the “stomach” area on the foot. Note that on the foot the body is divided into sections akin to that of the human body. On the human body, the stomach is under the chest region and above the waist line. We also know that it is mostly on the left side of the body. Therefore, the “stomach” of the feet is mostly on the left foot between the “chest area” and “waistline.” Target this area to help alleviate discomfort to that area.
5 Basic Reflexology Tips
- Begin by greeting the feet. Gently cup both feet with the palm of your hands (open hands on bottom of feet). You may do this for one to two minutes.
- Gently move the hands to the outsides of the feet. Hold the feet with a light touch, until you can physically feel the feet relax.
- Sprinkle a little corn starch on your hands and feet. Cornstarch is a natural powder and assists in the absorption of the perspiration, allowing the treatment of the reflexes to be more efficient.
- Reflexology session may start on the right or left foot; however, most reflexologists start with the left.
- Reflexology is meant to relax. Do not apply any deep pressure that causes severe pain.
Thumb walking: This is the main technique used in reflexology. Move the thumbs in a caterpillar walking motion on the plantar area of the feet. Bend the thumb and straighten the thumb on the foot, while gently moving the thumb a small area at a time. The smaller the movement, the greater the coverage on the specific reflex areas.
Finger walking: In the same form of caterpillar walking or thumb walking, use the fingers usually on the dorsal area of the foot. Bending the finger and straightening them on the foot, gently moving over a small area at a time. Like thumb walking, the smaller the movement the greater the coverage on the specific reflex area.
Rotating the toes: Beginning with the big toe, hold the toe firmly at the base and gently move it in circular motions so that you are rotating and stretching the base joint that attaches the toe to the foot. Hold the toe just above the second joint and again move the joint in a large circular motion. Rotate the very top joint on the toe (the big toe only has two joints). Continue down toe by toe until the smallest end toe
Remember, reflexology is a complex healing technique so you’re not likely to pick it all up quickly! The below video will give you a simple how-to for five basic reflexology techniques to help get you started:
Treat Yourself With The Comfort Sock
One of the most important ways to keep your feet healthy, relaxed, and strong is to make sure they are properly armored. That’s where The Comfort Sock has your back (and feet)!
Sources include: Buzzfeed, How-To-Do-Reflexology.com, NaturalLivingIdeas.com, Wikipedia