Making Change: From The Feet Up

When it comes to making positive change in your life, there’s no better place to start than the feet.

You might think: ‘Well of course you’d say that.’ But we’re telling the truth, we promise you.

Wear the right shoes – at the right time.

You’d think this would go without saying, but you’d be surprised how many people make the wrong choice when it comes to footwear. Wear the wrong kind of shoe to a certain event and you could find yourself in serious pain somewhere down the line. Making the right decision is as simple as considering what kind of terrain you’re going to be tackling. If you’re uncertain always opt for a comfortable shoe that gives you plenty of support.

Keep yourself clean.

Happy feet are clean feet! As much as it might be cool (in certain circles) to walk around with bare feet, doing so will put you at risk of cutting your feet or even picking up a nasty infection. You should regularly wash your feet at least once a day and ensure that they stay clean, by wearing clean, breathable socks. When you’re back at home you can, by all means, whip out your feet – just make sure that you’ve kept your floors nice and clean!

Stay in shape.

Keeping fit is something that’s on everyone’s mind these days – but few assume that your feet need to stay in shape too! By taking part in regular, varied exercise (such as cycling, jogging or football) you keep your feet guessing. Shock them with different kinds of exercise and they’ll grow stronger, so that you can keep on running and swimming, right on through to your later years. Neglect exercise and you may find that your feet fail you in later life.

Put your feet up from time to time.

Last, but not least, it’s imperative that you remember to take a break from time to time! Putting your feet up and taking an afternoon off from activity is a key part of keeping your feet healthy. There’s only so much that your feet can take on a regular basis – if you’ve been particularly busy for an extended period of time, you should consider taking it easy for a night. Play a board game with your friends or simply kick back and watch a movie.

Take a break – you’ve earned it!

Looking After Our Bodies: From Head to Toe

Reflexology is just the start!

Although we may expound the the importance of reflexology above all other kinds of holistic treatments, its important to know that the body is more than just the soles of your feet and the palms of your hands.

True happiness and inner satisfaction does not simply arise out of the alignment of the right kinds of treatments. Our bodies are more than just an ever growing list of defective body parts that need to be fixed]. The mind and the physical body need to be in-sync in order for you to be at peace.

So, other than enrolling in a series of Reflexology sessions, here’s a few other suggestions on how you can lead a rich and healthy life:

Treat Your Skin Well

Your skin is the largest organ on your body – so you should look after it!

Psychologically, human beings are naturally self-conscious of the quality of their skin. In both Eastern and Western cultures, the preservation of the skin’s condition, through the use of various cremes and masks, is seen as a paramount responsibility, especially so to women. Although one person could feasibly rack up a monthly cosmetics bill of hundreds, if not thousands, you don’t really need to spend a fortune on cosmetics in order to see the effects.

Luckily, the best products can be sources from Asia, where you will incidentally find the best value for money. Online shops, such as My Scheming, sell well-known Asian skin care brands at a low cost. The products are proven and rigidly tested, there also plenty of reviews online.

Drink Plenty Of Water

Going hand in hand with looking after your skin, the amount of water that a single person drinks everyday has an incredible impact on the smoothness of their skin, in addition to their overall well-being.

The amount of water that you’re recommended to be drinking varies greatly from different governments. In the USA, you’re told to drink a little under 2 litres each day, whereas the UK government recommends only 1.2 litres.

Whilst we can’t give you an absolute guide on how much you should drink – a glass per hour should be enough, as long as you’re staying relatively inactive. If you’re moving about a bit more, then consider upping this recommendation.

Take Part In Varied Exercise

Variety is the spice of life and there’s nothing better than applying this rule to the world of exercise.

Although you may think that going on two runs a week is keeping you in the best shape possible, it’s been proven that mixing up the kind of exercise that you take part in will result in your fitness improving quicker. Maybe take out one of those runs and replace them with a gym session or consider taking up a new sport that engages other muscle groups of your body.

Our bodies are incredibly adaptable. Continue on the same exercise schedule and you risk not only boring your body, but you might also find that your fitness plateaus. By keeping your exercise pattern varied you can constantly challenge your body to respond in different ways, so you can continue to make progress.

Enjoy The Great Outdoors

In the 21st Century, this is possibly the most crucially ignored of all the above tips.

Thanks to the development of jobs that are asking us to spend even more time indoors and under fluorescent tubes, the average man is now getting much less sunlight, hence Vitamin D, than we should be getting. Vitamin D is absolutely vital to our development as human beings. It gives us energy, it boosts our mood and it defends us against harmful viruses.

Getting out in the sun can often be easier said than done, especially in the UK. It’s all about picking your moments. Whether it’s a lunch break or spare 20 minutes in the morning, find a time when you can get outside and you’ll feel much better for it.

On Campus, On Your Feet

A lot of students will be heading home for Easter this weekend and then will have to face leaving those comforts behind again on their return.

College is a hard time for feet, all that walking between classes, maybe regular sporting activities, a very varied lifestyle with drinking and partying and generally going crazy mixed with long periods of sitting down and not doing much physical activity at all. This puts stress on the feet, as I’m sure you’d imagine. Here at Soles Reflexology we all remember our college days where we developed some feet problems, and we just want to stop that happening to others.

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College students are an important bunch of folk, they are going to become the next generation of law makers and politicians, of race car drivers and bakers, of cart makers and nannies, of princes and princesses, of child catchers and court judges.

Unfortunately, unemployment rates for court jester graduates is now at 100%

If they are going to walk those paths to greatness, they’re going to need healthy feet. What makes a healthy foot? A healthy foot needs a good soul, a healthy foot needs well rounded toes, toes that can tickle and delight. We want to bring such healthy feet to campuses and students across The United States Of America and around the world. We don’t want a college student in the world to have painful feet, crusty feet, damaged foot muscles. That simply will not happen on our watch!

That’s the plan, on campus, and on your feet!

Healthy Feet Spend Time In The Swimming Pool

Feet are involved in almost everything you do, there are certainly very few forms of exercise that don’t involve the feet.

Especially when it comes to sport I mean come on: Humanity’s most popular sport is called football for Jesus Christ’s sake. That is no coincidence.

Our most popular sport is called football because football has foot in the name and everyone loves feet, so it is the most popular sport! It is clear to everyone that when trying to move something from one place to another you should put that thing in your hands and move it there. And that became the basis for most sports (Rugby, Cricket, American Football, etc) but then someone thought ‘why not kick the damn thing!’ and they created the most human sport. Or, well, the most popular sport, and so, obviously, the most human sport.

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I love a swim, and swimming really gets the feet involved.

When a real professional swimmer is swimming they don’t really have feet if truth be told, they have flippers. They transform their feet through use into flippers, something perfectly fitted to the work of swimming. That is our wondrous ability as human beings; the ability which has made us the dominant species and has lead us to the incredible stage of development we are at: the ability to adapt.

We can adapt to swim through beautiful swimming pools with our beautiful human bodies. That’s why It really is a good idea to get yourself a swimming pool!

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Sports

Sport is as old as war and hence as old as time.

As we formed into groups and societies and cultures; we began to want resources exclusive to ourselves and began to make cultures based on superiority – we started wanting to fight. Fights would be won by the group with superior physicality and military equipment, resources and know how. In between wars soldiers needed to remain fighting fit so games were invented that simulated some of the strains and skills of war. And sport was invented.

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Ancient sumo-wrestling competition from the Heian or Kamakura period (between 794 and 1333)

And it became pretty popular.

Now, whilst soldiers still play sport and train to keep themselves fit and ready for war, more people play sport who don’t then go to war. Pretty crazy right?! Yeah, pretty crazy, I know. Now we all play sport, which means we can all get sports related injuries which can be really, really, frustrating. Like, really frustrating.

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Andy Murray: Frustration in human form

It’s brutal, when you have an injury and you just really want to be rid of it, so that you can go and start sporting again but you can’t!

So what do you do? Well, you can try massages for sports injuries. Many people assume that us in the reflexology world have some sort of resentment or disagreement with those in the sports massage world but that is not necessarily true. Sure, many of them consider what we do to be ineffective, some of them think and say horrible things about us, but we do not feel it the other way. We see them as just like us: using knowledge and using the body to heal itself.

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And the body can heal itself, and reflexology can understand the body if you trust in it and if you allow it too. That is the beauty of all things about you and your life and your body: you can decide to make something so.

You change your life. Now that’s power…

The Long Walk To Reflexology

There are some pains which are so constant, so all present, that you don’t even really know they are there. 

You think that pain is just a pain of being alive, that your pain is life. It is not life, it is pain. I believe that you can get rid of a lot of your pain, you can cure yourself of a lot of your pain. Now surely, you would want to try anything that could alleviate that pain?

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Of course I would try anything to alleviate pain. But don’t call me Shirley

Well I lived with pain.

I lived with such pain, such pain that I know wonder: how did I live like that? It is both an incredible testament to the human spirit and a damning indictment of human society that we live with such pain draped around the shoulders of our souls for so long. We can do it because we are strong. But just because you can bare a weight on your shoulders does not mean that you should, you do not have to live in pain, it is not honourable, or strong, or worthy. It is simply painful.

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Honourable? Strong? Worthy? NO! Just painful…

I felt so much pain for so long I WAS HURTING PEOPLE. I mean, I WAS HURTING, PEOPLE. As in ‘Hey people, I was hurting’. I wasn’t hurting other people as in causing others harm. I wouldn’t do that, I’m a man of peace.

And that’s what this whole thing is about: peace. It is about achieving an escape from pain and finding away to provide a level of physical contentedness for yourself. I achieved it through reflexology and I believe you could too.