Refreshing Tired Feet to Feel Revived
Do you ever consider how much time you spend on your feet, standing, walking, exercising, working, etc.? Looking after your feet can help your mind and your body to feel more revitalised or relaxed depending on what you are wanting. At the end of a long day use these top tips to refresh and relax your feet.
HIMALAYAN SALT FOOT BATH
Put up to 3 tablespoons of Himalayan Rock Salt into a washing-up bowl or shallow bucket in front of a chair and add warm water so that you can keep your hand in the water and keep it there comfortably. Stir the salt around until it has dissolved and then put your feet in the water. Sit back and relax, the warmth of the water will soothe tired feet and muscles. Unlike a normal foot bath where moisture is extracted from the skin, minerals from the Himalayan Salt are absorbed into the skin and toxins excreted into the water helping to detoxify your feet while soothing them. Keep your feet in the foot bath for 20 mins to 1 hour; you can top up the warm water as required.
HIMALAYAN SALT FOOT BATH WITH EXTRA PAMPERING
Mix together 2 tablespoons of Himalayan Salt and 1 tablespoon of Coconut Oil. Use as a foot rub to exfoliate, massage and refresh tired feet. Leave on for about 5 minutes before soaking in the Himalayan Salt Foot Bath.
FOR AN INVIGORATING FOOT BATH
Add a squeeze of lemon juice, a few drops of rosemary and peppermint essential oils, plus a few drops of tea tree oil to a bowl of warm water and soak your feet for 15-20 minutes. Refreshing and antibacterial.
FOR SWELLING OF YOUR ANKLES OR FEET AT THE END OF THE DAY
Sit down and using cushions or a stool raise your legs up so your ankles are roughly in line with your heart, do not cross your legs but keep them side by side. This allows the blood and lymph fluid that has accumulated in the lower legs to come back into main circulation and will help to decrease the swelling. This can be a useful trick after long flights where circulation in the legs can be affected.
ROLLER OR TENNIS BALL
Tight fascia in the feet can lead to tension in the legs, hips, pelvis and back. To massage the tension out of the soles of your feet, you can buy a wooden roller or use a tennis ball. Roll the soles of your feet gently over the roller or the tennis ball, making sure the whole of your sole is massaged. You can increase pressure on the roller or ball, but it should be comfortable so if it starts to hurt, decrease the pressure.
GIVING YOUR FEET A GENTLE WORKOUT
Sitting down, place your heels on the floor and lift your toes towards you so that the soles of your feet are off the floor. Now try and spread your toes out moving them away from each other into a fan shape, hold the stretch for a few seconds and release. Repeat 10 times which will release constriction caused by shoes. You can also place a few pencils on the floor and pick them up with your toes, this creates mobility and may help to relieve foot ache[i].
[i] Source: http://www.readersdigest.ca/health/conditions/6-ways-soothe-foot-pain/5/