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Sunday, April 6, 2014

Fancy Footwork

Lately, I've been thinking and reading about feet and all they wonderful ways they can help restore our health.

Over a hundred years ago, naturopathic doctors would recommend that patients take off their shoes and tread through the snow or walk in a cold stream with their bare feet for short periods of time. (Of course, you don't want to try this if your feet already feel frozen. Warm them up before trying this exercise.) This was used to help improve circulation to the extremities and to relieve the congestion of blood in the inner organs associated with chronic disease. I admit I haven't tried this, but I'm inspired to create cold, calf-deep wading pool with a pebble bottom and give it a try.  

Then, there is the alternating foot bath which is a favorite of mine for swollen legs and feet. You get two buckets of water, one warm and one cold. Soak your feet in the warm water for three minutes and then plunge them into the cold bucket for 30 seconds. Do this process three times ending on cold. I have found this to help with swelling about the next 24 hours.

Pictured above is the herbal foot bath I just enjoyed. (I love watching dried herbs in water.) I poured warm water over relaxing herbs such as chamomile, lavender, and lemon grass and soaked my feet. It was amazing how relaxed I immediately felt. You can also do a fresh, hot ginger foot bath, which can help with cold feet.

I recommend a technique called "warming socks" to help people who are struggling with pain and fever, which can be particularly helpful during cold and flu season. This technique also uses a contrast between warm and cold to help relieve congestion.

Finally, there has been a rising interest in what is called the "Earthing" or "Grounding" movement to help decrease pain and inflammation. This movement involves taking off your shoes and standing/walking on a safe area of ground.

...and I even forgot to mention reflexology! This week, I urge you to connect with your feet and explore how they can help you in your journey towards health.

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