If you’ve been a client or student for a while, then you know I like to give you tips you can do on your own to interrupt stress.
With flip flop season right around the corner here in NYC, summer is a good time to give your feet a little extra attention. Believe me, I’ve tried all sorts of reflexology gadgets, and these are my top picks for giving yourself a mini-reflexology session in under 5 minutes.
We have 14,000 nerve endings on the bottoms of our feet, and those nerves connect to the spinal nerves, which connect with the various organs and parts of the body. Reflexology is such an efficient way to promote circulation and help the body relax and balance itself.
I use most of these first thing when I wake up, and right before bed. They each only take a minute or two, yet actually go a long way in helping your body balance itself. (Several clients say their kids love them, too!) Some you may already have around your home, others you can buy on trusty Amazon for between $5-20.
Standing up, (or sitting if the pressure is too much) roll the bottom of the foot on the foot roller. Focus on the bottom arch of the foot to support digestion.
Million Dollar Golf Ball Technique
I’ve talked about this one before, but it bears repeating–it’s a good one! I see a lot of clients with digestive issues, so this is one of my favorite self-help tips: the Million-Dollar Golf Ball Technique created by leading reflexologists Barbara and Kevin Kunz. This technique helps regulate and support your digestion.
- Interlock fingers.
- Roll the ball around the lower area of the palms, or heels of the hands. (You can use a golf ball, or I like the nubby green ball in the photo above to get even deeper results.)
- This corresponds to the digestive reflexes for the small and large intestines.
- You might notice the area feels a little crunchy or bumpy if you have digestive issues.
Flintstones Pebble Foot Mat
Ok, I made this name up, but it does remind me of the Flintstones. I keep this mat in front of my kitchen sink. (My husband actually loves it!) It basically simulates the way our ancestors used to get reflexology thousands of years ago before we started wearing shoes. Any time you walk on uneven surfaces barefoot, you’re stimulating all those nerve endings.
Last But Not Least, My Latest Favorite: Dryer Balls
Maybe you’ve seen these, they come in a pair of two and are supposed to replace dryer sheets and fabric softener (see the blue spiky ball in the photo above). I like to stand up for this one. Press each part of the bottom of the foot into the ball: starting with the heel, then the arch, then the ball of the foot, ending at the toes–holding each of for about 10 seconds.
If your feet are more sensitive, do these techniques wearing socks and work up to doing it barefoot.
Again, using any one of these is a great way to interrupt stress, help your body relax, and bring yourself into balance.
I’d love to hear your feedback, or other favorite reflexology gadgets. Let me know how it goes.