Daily Feng Shui Tip for June 19 – ‘World Sauntering Day’

You just gotta love a day devoted to walking in a cocky yet confident manner. But ‘World Sauntering Day’ would not be complete without advice for holistically applying TLC to your tired tootsies. This specific foot massage even works wonders with colicky or cranky babies. Mix ten drops each of lavender essential oil and chamomile into a base of a half-cup of grapeseed oil and blend well. Beginning with the left foot, stroke this blend up from the bottom of your foot from sole to toe. Use firm pressure as you apply the oil in straight strong strokes. Soon you’ll feel like doing your own jig. This Ayurvedic inspired massage raises your spirits as it slightly lowers your blood pressure. Now there’s something to kick up your heels about!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily OM for 3/31 – Healing Your Sole

Healing Your Sole
Self-Reflexology

 

Our feet contain thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points which can support all over health.

Our feet are home to literally thousands of nerve endings and almost seventy acupuncture points, which is why foot reflexology is so effective. By massaging and stimulating specific areas on the soles of our feet, we can provide general support for our entire body, improve sleep patterns, increase physical and mental wellbeing and also alleviate chronic conditions such as sinusitis and digestive upset. Although it is wonderful to work with an experienced foot reflexologist whenever possible, we can also develop a practice of treating ourselves to a self-reflexology treatment if we take some time for this purpose before we begin our day or in the evening to relax before going to bed.

There are a number of different ways to work the soles of your feet, including walking barefoot on river stones, rolling each foot over a golf or tennis ball, or just using your fingers and hands to massage your feet. When starting a reflexology session, it’s a good idea to begin with loosening up your ankles – rotate each foot clockwise then counterclockwise about ten times. You might also want to pinch the end of your toes, which can increase circulation and drainage in your sinuses and stimulate your pituitary and pineal glands. Then you can begin massaging the ball of your foot, the arch, and the heel. If you find that an area is tender, it may indicate some distress or dysfunction occurring in the corresponding area of the body. You may want to explore what is going on with that organ or system.

Whether we are able to spend just a few minutes a day on this kind of self-care or a full half hour, our efforts are never wasted. By taking responsibility for our own health and taking time every day to connect with our body, we can not only assist our body in letting go of stress and dysfunction, but we can also continue to support an ongoing sense of wellness and vitality.