IN my final article for Foot Health Month I urge everyone to treat their feet with the respect they deserve.
The foot is a complex piece of engineering comprising 26 bones and a sophisticated network of tendons, muscles and nerves which makes it wonderfully receptive to a reflexology session.
But there is also an element of self-care involved… not wearing the same pair of shoes on consecutive days, varying heel height to keep feet and calves flexible and making sure trainers are kept refreshed.
For myself, I make a point of walking barefoot as much as practicable and soaking my feet in warm water with Bexters crystals to relieve tired, aching or swollen feet after a busy day.
Reflexology can provide feet with some much-needed TLC after being stuck in shoes that are too high or trainers that rarely get a proper airing, as well as aiding relaxation and helping to relieve stress
Regular sessions can improve mobility around a stiff toe joint, especially if bunions are a problem, and many clients have reported great results from using Bowtech Ease, an Ayurvedic aromatherapy oil shown to relieve joint pain and inflammation.
In my own practice I offer a unique form of sound and intuition reflexology (Reflex Resonance Technique™) which I developed in part after studying in Australia, where healing through sound is integral to the beliefs of the indigenous Aborigine people.
It is well recorded that therapeutic touch of this kind can bring comfort and relief in many situations. Even in the absence of any specific health problems a reflexology session with a qualified and experienced practitioner can leave you with a deep sense of wellbeing – almost as if you are walking on air, with shoes or without!