By Ross Ashcraft & Sage Baker
Have you ever said these phrases out loud?? “My feet are killing me!” “Why does that spot hurt on my big toe?” & “Honey, please rub my feet tonight!?”
One of the best solutions we can offer is as old (if not older) than one of the oldest civilizations on the planet. In Africa we have hieroglyphics on temple walls showing foot massages being performed to relieve stress. Ancient Egyptians knew the power of keeping the feet happy. Modern humans have created all sorts of unique ways of alleviating foot pain. However, we feel that Reflexology is one of the most beneficial ways.
Sage Baker: “I personally enjoy reflexology because of how it has enlightened me about the tremendous role feet play in the health and well-being of people. Ever since Sharon (Lively) one my first instructors at Community Care College, introduced reflexology to the class, I have been vastly interested in obtaining more information over the subject. “
Reflexology is a system or process of massaging the feet that attempts to not just dissipate pain but also balance the WHOLE body. We have discovered these points on the feet that correspond to points throughout the body. The objective of the reflexologist is to stimulate these reflexes and therefore positively affect the corresponding body part.
I recently found in my own home library a book called The Art of Reflexology by Inge Dougans and Suzanne Flissis. I found it fascinating that reflex points on the feet correspond with all the body parts. Reflexologists attempt to not just heal the body, but also help balance all the body’s systems. They stimulate the under-active areas and calm the overactive ones. Reflexology helps to alleviate the effects of stress by inducing deep relaxation thereby allowing the nervous system to function normally. So with all of the wonderful things it does for you, it would be difficult for me to understand why anyone would not like this!
Isaiah 54, “How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news, the good news of peace, and salvation, the news that God of Israel reigns.” So let’s make our feet beautiful!!!!!
Now I want to show you a wonderful way to apply Reflexology.
Products: 1.) Heat up at least four hand towels and acquire something to keep the towels warm. 2.) Choose a nice gliding oil and perhaps some aromatic essential oils.
1.) Warm up the area by doing some jostling of the ankle and foot. We call these particular moves: foot boogie or foot pumping.
2.) Divide the sole of the foot into 5 zones from toe heel and walk your thumb through the areas.
3.) Take a hot towel and wrap that foot. Now repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 on the second foot.
4.) Using the chart provided, stimulate with gentle but firm circles the areas corresponding to the organs on the original foot: Lungs; Heart; Stomach or Liver; Kdney, and the entire Colon. Repeat on the second foot.
5.) Using the chart provide, stimulate with gentle but firm circles the areas corresponding to the glands on the original foot: Pituitary; Pineal; Thyroid; Thymus; Pancreas; & Adrenals. Repeat on the second foot.
6.) Finish the foot with gentle strokes that address any lingering stress they might be feeling.
6.) A wonderful way to finish is to wrap their feet in new hot towels while they relax and enjoy how wonderful their feet now feel.
How do you work on YOUR feet when they hurt?
Art of Reflexology: http://tinyurl.com/nn5jl6r