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Simple And Fast: Massage Your Feet Every Night For Better Health

Simple And Fast: Massage Your Feet Every Night For Better Health

Oh my, do we live in an incredibly busy and demanding world, indeed!

We are experts in multi-tasking and even then our minds are always occupied with the next item on our to-do list. We are tired and exhausted both physically and mentally. It’s hard to keep up with what’s really going on in life. Sometimes we find that we are losing ourselves in the process. Moreover, we often forget the things that are most valuable to us.

Although we are well aware our health is the most precious asset we need to nourish in order to live a happier life, we easily take it for granted. Sounds like you?

If so, I strongly recommend you to take a moment to pause and treat yourself to the following simple, do-it-yourself foot massage. Countless studies show that foot massage can boost circulation and reduce physical pain, anxiety and stress, ultimately revitalizing our entire body, mind and soul.

So, let’s get to it. This can be done anywhere and anytime. All it takes is 5 minutes of your time each night.

So go grab a chair, or sit comfortably on the floor and get into the groove.

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Step 1: Preparation

Put on some soft and relaxing music.

Soak your feet in a tub of warm water before you start. You may add scented essential oils or foaming gel to the water if you’d like.

Get a towel, lotion or oil.

Prop one foot in your lap and let the other rest extended in front of you.

Put a small amount warm lotion or oil in your hand. Coconut or olive oil works well. Smooth the lotion or oil over the foot.

Step 2: Rub your Sole

Hold the bottom of the foot firmly with both hands. Begin rubbing the top of the foot using a firm motion with your thumbs, slowly working your way down to the sole of the foot. Apply more pressure as you get closer to the sole.

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With the other hand, use a loose fist or an open palm and gently tap the sole of your foot to stimulate blood circulation. This is especially helpful when you have cold feet.

Step 3: Work on each Individual Toe.

Grasp the foot beneath the arch. With the other hand, beginning with the big toe, hold the toe with your thumb on top and index finger beneath. With one hand, gently stretch your toes back.

Go to each toe and gently pull on it. Imagine the pulling motion of milking a cow while doing this.

Slide your index finger into the gap between each toe. Spend time moving it back and forth, rubbing the base of each toe with your index and thumb if desired.

Gently slide all five fingers between each of the toes simultaneously, while rubbing a small amount of massage oil or cream between each one.

Step 4: Loosen Ankle Joints.

Place your right foot on top of your left thigh. Using both hands, rotate your foot at the ankle
and gently rub your fingers over the top of the bone.

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Grasp the ball of the foot with the other hand and turn the foot slowly at the ankle three to five times in each direction. This is a particularly good exercise for anyone who’s suffering from arthritis.

Step 5: Apply Pressure to the Arches

Overlap your thumbs and apply gentle pressure just below the heel bone and then push slowly up to the bone of the big toe.

Begin again pressing gently into the lower arch near the heel bone and then slowly spread your thumbs open, stretching the full width of the arch. Overlap your thumbs again, this time pressing a bit higher on the arch, closer to the bone of the big toe.

Continue these techniques until your reach the heel of the big toe. End this portion of your foot massage by simply rubbing in large circular motions with your thumbs around the arch.

Step 6: Use the T-shape Fan Technique

Wrap both hands around your foot, with thumbs meeting at the bottom of your sole and fingers curled lightly onto the top of the foot. Press your thumbs into the sole and then sweep them up the center of your sole. Near the toes, fan the thumbs out toward the sides of the feet to complete the T-shape and stretch the foot outward.

More Helpful Tips:

Try to give equal attention to both feet, as the body relishes the balance.

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Throughout the massage, if you feel tension building up in your hands, shake out your hands periodically.

Another interesting technique is rolling the foot on a tennis ball while seated. It’s a gentle and effective massage for the whole foot. You can also place a handful of marbles on the floor and rub your foot across them with gentle pressure too.

Well done! Feeling lighter on your feet and fresher in your mind?

Stick this how-to technique on your refrigerator, bedroom walls or bathroom mirror until you learn the steps by heart. And like any other habit, stick to it and take care of your well-being before it’s too late. Stand tall on your own feet and feel proud!

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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