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Breaking the Habit of Wearing Heels. Is it Safe?Samedi 19 janvier 2019
If you’ve been wearing high heels for a long time, then it will take some time to release the tight and very shortened calf muscles in order to wear flatter shoes more comfortably and safely. If you can barely stretch your calves while performing the calf stretch (below), then wait before transitioning to a flat.In the meantime, find the lowest heel that you can wear comfortably and determine this as your new high heel. As you move to a lower heel, use this time to retrain your foot muscles and
High Heel Hangover?Samedi 19 janvier 2019
If you only wear high heels for a special night out, then you know that sometime during the night your feet will be screaming to be let out. You don’t dare take your shoes off (even though it’s what you most want to do) because you know your protesting feet will never go back into those torture chambers once they’re set free. By this time, though, it’s too late. The hangover has begun in the form of blisters, burning on the ball of the foot, achy toes, sore lower legs, calf cramps, and back
The Effects of Stress on the Immune System and How Reflexology HelpsMercredi 24 octobre 2018
Did you know that your immune system is linked to your stress level? Think back to a time when you were really sick. What was going on in your life then? Can you make a connection between your stress level and your health? Were you constantly on the go, overly worried, trying to meet a deadline, going through a major change? Were you feeling totally “stressed out”? If so, your body perceived this as a threat to its well-being and activated your sympathetic nervous system, or your “fight or
How Reflexology WorksDimanche 1 juillet 2018
For those who like scientific explanations and reasons for why things work, reflexology can seem "airy fairy" or "woo woo". It's reasonable to question how manipulating the little toe can address shoulder pain, for example. I get it. But countless testimonials from clients, and research studies now available for reflexology prove that it does work! Here are 4 ways that help explain how this form of body work works:1. RelaxationEven skeptics can't deny the benefits of relaxation. We all hear how
10 Awesome Ways Reflexology Can Help Your FamilyJeudi 12 avril 2018
Why Hand Reflexology?Mardi 10 avril 2018
When talking to people about reflexology, they generally understand that it has something to do with the feet. When I explain that the reflexes are also located in the hands, this is almost always a surprise.Unlike the more common practice of foot reflexology, hand reflexology can be practiced anywhere at any time. For example, I was traveling home on a plane after having been horseback riding. My back was aching terribly, and the thought of sitting on the plane for hours was not something that
Take advantage of nature’s gymVendredi 6 avril 2018
"Take advantage of nature’s gym. Let the terrain and conditions dictate movement, making you stronger, healthier and more able to enjoy your time outside when nature’s call comes. Learn more at Merrell.com today. #TrainSoICan"
Ad for Merrill training shoe. I really like the idea of nature's gym. We weren't born with shoes. Nature provides the most natural workout for our feet. But it sounds like technology is catching up.
How Reflexology Helps FibromyalgiaMardi 13 mars 2018
Fibromyalgia is characterized by chronic, widespread pain and tenderness in the body. It is difficult to diagnose because there are no diagnostic tests or x-rays that can detect it, and the symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic symptoms of other medical conditions. Research shows that incorporating reflexology into a treatment plan is an effective, non-invasive option for relieving the symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as: All over pain and deep muscle aches Trigger point pain Fatigue and exhaustion Sleep
5 Signs That Your Body is Responding to Reflexology WorkJeudi 22 février 2018
When working with clients, I look for signs that the body is responding to the work that I’m doing. I came across a blog from “The Foot Whisperer” (footwhisperer.com) which explains what I’ve noticed during my sessions with clients, and I thought that it would be interesting to share. I’ve also added an additional sign that I look for when a client comes in with a specific complaint.Signs that the Body is Receiving Reflexology Work Through the Power of the Nervous System1) The Face Will
8 Lifestyle Changes to Lower Blood Pressure and How Reflexology HelpsMardi 30 janvier 2018
In addition to making healthier lifestyle choices, studies show that reflexology can lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure. First what are these and what do they mean?Systolic blood pressure is the top number in a pressure reading which measures the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart beats. The diastolic blood pressure is the bottom number which measures the pressure in the blood vessels when the heart rests. According to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) the
Do You Have These 10 Symptoms of SAD? Reflexology Can HelpMercredi 24 janvier 2018
It’s that time of year in the Pacific Northwest when the days are short, cold, and rainy. For many, these winter months of little sunshine cause a type of depression known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). SAD is related to changes in seasons - it begins and ends at about the same times every year. If you're like most people with SAD, your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, zapping your energy and making you feel out of sorts. If you’re wondering if you’re
Causes for Foot Cramps and How to Treat ThemJeudi 21 décembre 2017
Foot cramps are extremely common and can occur at any time, whether during exercise and activity, or during rest and sleep. Even the slightest movement, like pointing a toe (which shortens the muscle in the arch) can trigger a cramp.CausesThe exact cause of foot cramps (and cramps in general) is unknown, but some researcher believe that inadequate stretching and muscle fatigue leads to abnormalities in the mechanisms that control muscle contraction. Other causes of muscle cramps may include:
Why People Walked Differently in Medieval Times | Mental FlossSamedi 2 décembre 2017
We are heel walkers. In fact we are very hard on our heels. According to this article our ancestors were more toe walkers.
Barefoot runners are very different than shod runners in the area of the foot that receives the initial impact. The stride impact is directly on the toes with a barefoot runner. YouTube has a video which shows this dramatic shift.
As we age we tend to lose the fatty pad and the heel gets harder and harder. Also the heel is prone to spurs, jagged calcified outcropping from the bone.
In recent years I have focus more and more on the heel. I think the heel as much more sophisticated than I once thought. Because of the heel's role in locomotion I now think of it as a multitude of sensors whose job is to feedback information about the terrain under foot.
It is hard work and can be hard on your thumbs but by working the heel more I find it helps loosen the whole foot. Breaking down the deposits in the heel helps me to reset the this stress level not only in the foot but the rest of the body as well.
How Reflexology Helps ArthritisVendredi 1 décembre 2017
As a Reflexologist, clients come to me with a variety of health issues, the latest being rheumatoid arthritis (RA). This prompted me to learn more about this condition, as well as the difference between RA and osteoarthritis (OA).Simply stated, OA is caused by continued wear and tear on the joints, while RA is an autoimmune disorder that produces inflammatory joint symptoms. Both diseases are chronic, meaning they are long-term. Neither disease has a known cure. OA is degenerative, meaning it
How Reflexology Improves Oxygen SaturationLundi 13 novembre 2017
I’ve mentioned previously that one of the benefits of reflexology is that it improves oxygen saturation levels. What exactly does this mean, and what is the importance of good oxygen saturation levels?Your blood oxygen level is a measure of how much oxygen your red blood cells are carrying throughout your body. This measurement of blood oxygen is called your oxygen saturation level.If oxygen saturation levels are too low, one may experience the following symptoms: Shortness of breath Chest pain