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Try This Foot Massage To Give Yourself A Restful Sleep Tonight

Try This Foot Massage To Give Yourself A Restful Sleep Tonight

You know that feeling you’re about to get, just before you fall asleep? Peaceful, calm, serene… all words that could describe this feeling.

Then something awful happens – you jolt awake, and find yourself uncomfortable, grouchy, irritable, and just plain can’t fall asleep. This is one of the worst feelings in the world. If you’ve ever experienced this, you know exactly what I mean.

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If you want to get rid of insomnia and feel rested and ready to tackle your day after a full night of deep sleep, you have to try this foot massage. It could do wonders for you.

What Is This Massage?

The proper name for this type of massage is actually called “Foot Reflexology”. Basically, it’s an ancient technique used to change the energies in your body. If you don’t believe in that, keep reading – this isn’t about energy, it’s about a good night’s sleep!

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This method is backed by science. By stimulating different points on the feet, you can subtly impact the glands and organs around your entire body. Massaging these various points can cause:

  • Relaxation
  • Pain Relief
  • Increased Blood Flow
  • Positive Effects on Organs (Specifically the Kidneys)

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    So how do you perform such miracles on your feet? Well, first we need to know what different points on the feet affect. Look back to the image above, and you’ll see that:

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    • Your toes affect your head
    • The ridges between your toes and the ball of your foot affect your shoulder/neck
    • The balls of your foot affect your chest
    • The arches affect the digestive organs
    • The heels and ankles affect your reproductive system

    How to Get Rid of Insomnia Using Foot Reflexology

    Now, armed with this knowledge, you’re ready to start massaging! The massage should take about 15 minutes and you can incorporate it right into your night time ritual. So, step by step:

    1. Relax your feet, one at a time, by gently rubbing and massaging up and down. Some light tapping may help as well – whatever feels good for you/the person you’re performing on. End this beginning relaxation stage by gently squeezing the solar plexus of your feet (the upper middle portion) between your thumb and index finger for 5-10 seconds.
    2. Starting at the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up towards the top of each toe, one at a time. Imagine you’re crawling up your foot like a caterpillar. Once you reach the tip of each toe, press the reflex points on the tip, sides, and center of every one using the top and sides of your thumb and index finger. For added benefits, if you have a particular area you’d like to focus on, press into the corresponding reflex point. Refer to the list above or the image to see which points affect which body parts.
    3. Repeat the relaxation techniques in step 1 once more, ending with another press on the solar plexus.
    4. Finish the entire massage with “breeze strokes” – lightly run your fingers up and down your feet so they’re barely touching the skin. This technique is very soothing to the nerves, and helps to lull you into a deep, calm state of mind where you can sleep peacefully.

    Once you’ve finished this technique you’ll likely be in a very meditative-like state. Your body and mind will be more open to self-suggestions, so affirmations can be particularly powerful. You can say to yourself, “I am ready to have a deep, restorative sleep and wake refreshed in the morning.”

    Additionally, it is a great time to think about the good things in your life and incorporate some gratitude. It’s easy to be thankful for even the little things when you’re relaxed. Gratitude can help you improve almost everything in your daily life.

    Good luck, and may reflexology help you get rid of insomnia once and for all! (For added benefit, give this massage to your significant other – they might just return the favor, and they’re sure to appreciate it!)

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    Last Updated on September 18, 2020

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

    Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

    Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

    1. Exercise Daily

    It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

    If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

    Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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    If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

    2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

    Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

    One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

    This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

    3. Acknowledge Your Limits

    Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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    Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

    Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

    4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

    Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

    The basic nutritional advice includes:

    • Eat unprocessed foods
    • Eat more veggies
    • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
    • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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    Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

      5. Watch Out for Travel

      Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

      This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

      If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

      6. Start Slow

      Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

      If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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      7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

      Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

      My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

      If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

      I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

      Final Thoughts

      Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

      Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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