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Experience Tranquility Massage December 3, 2013

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Life is better with massageNot all MASSAGE is created equal, that’s why at Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center you can expect exceptional service from beginning to end.  From entering into a peaceful environment, to a healing and relaxing massage session, to tips on how to take Tranquility home.   So, what sets us apart from other spas and clinics?

First, every massage guest receives a personalized treatment each time they come in.   Each and every one of us is progressing, growing and changing both physically and mentally on a daily basis, which is why Tranquility’s massage therapist offer a variety of techniques, time frames, and pressures to maximize your session.  Your massage therapist spends the necessary time during the intake process to determine how to most effectively help you, whether your goal is relaxation, pain relief, or both.

Second, each massage technique has specific health and healing benefits.  Relaxation massage is the most requested type of massage offered at Tranquility, which combines gentle pressure and strokes to relieve tension in the body while invoking a meditative state. While this is great, our massage therapists may encourage you to try out a variety of techniques to achieve ultimate healing benefits.   Tranquility’s massage therapists are educated and highly experienced in the following techniques:

  • Hot Stone Massage
  • Rain Drop Therapy
  • Thai Massage
  • Reflexology
  • Deep Tissue Massage

Click here for more information on each service.

Tranquility prides itself on providing quality time with each guest offering a full 30, 60 or 90 minutes of treatment.  The Tranquility Relaxation Massage is a standalone service; however you may choose to enhance your session with aroma therapy.  We are proud to introduce a new line of organic, pure essential oils made by a Master Aroma-therapist out of California.  Your massage therapist will take you through an aroma sensory journey of 4 wonderful blends:

~ The ANXIETY/STRESS blend is a warming and soothing blend of mandarin, geranium, rose, neroli (orange blossom), rosewood, and jasmine. A definite favorite of many, this blend helps relieve mental and physical tension, is useful for stress headaches (1-2 drops on temple points or massaged into neck), and is wonderful for balancing and relieving stress around menstrual cycles. You may consider enhancing a rejuvenating bath with 5-10 drops of this blend.

~The PAIN RELIEF blend soothes with rosemary, juniper berry, sage, peppermint, and pink grapefruit. This blend is perfect for using either undiluted or diluted with oil (jojoba, coconut, or sesame are favorites) on an area of tension or discomfort. This blend is particularly helpful massaged into the base of the skull, just under the bony ridge you can feel, to alleviate headaches. For tired feet, use 3-5 drops in a small tub or basin with warm water as a soak (Epsom salts are a bonus!).

~The SLEEP AID blend surprisingly has anti-inflammatory benefits upon application to a specific area and is unparalleled in creating relaxation and peace of mind. This oil contains lavender, chamomile, neroli (orange blossom), mandarin, clary sage, and jasmine. You can use sparingly on a washcloth tucked into a pillow at night or apply to pulse points anywhere. It also makes a perfect room diffuser!

The THEIVES PROTECTION blend is quite the phenomenal concoction. This formula is antiviral, antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-infectious, purifying, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, antispasmodic, and anti-catarrh. It contains eucalyptus, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary, and lemon. Use a few drops in dishwater or the dishwasher to thoroughly clean and eliminate odor. This oil can be diffused in a room for up to 30 minutes to cut airborne bacteria.

Lastly, these aroma therapy blends, along with other therapeutic products are available to take home so you can experience a piece of Tranquility at home.

Massage therapy benefits the mind, body and soul.  Call Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center at 630.762.9864 to schedule your massage.  The journey toward beauty, health and wellness begins at Tranquility.

Health and Happiness,

Lauren, Tranquility Massage Therapist

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Happy 13th Birthday Tranquility! September 5, 2013

Happy Birthday Tranquility! 13 years of growth from a one-woman show to a house of many! On September 5, 2000, Beverly Miller, Esthetician, opened the doors to Tranquility Skin & Body Care at the Stone House in downtown St. Charles, IL.  “I was everyone- receptionist, esthetician and cleaning lady,” stated Beverly.  By 2003, Tranquility moved into a larger space to accommodate the growing staff  of another esthetician, a nail tech and a general manager/business partner, Loreta Lescelius.

Now known as Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center, Beverly’s vision has continued to expand into the present 4000 square-foot space at 113 N. Second Avenue, St. Charles, IL, adding an infrared sauna & steam shower, yoga sanctuary, and multiple treatment rooms.  No longer “just a spa”, Tranquility has blossomed into a haven for beauty, health and wellness.

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Tranquility was built on Beverly’s principle that, “Taking care of the skin is a lifelong commitment.  It’s taking care of the skin and aging gracefully… It’s about health and wellness.”  Relax at Tranquility with services including:

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Skin Care & Waxing

Massage Therapy

Natural Nail Care

Eye Lash Extensions

Infrared Sauna & Steam

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Chiropractic Care

Natural Medicine

Acupuncture

Yoga Therapy & Classes

Psychotherapy

Energy Healing

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Permanent Make-up

Sound Healing & Meditation

Wellness Workshops

As a THANK YOU to all the supportive and loyal patrons, Tranquility is offering a 13% discount on select products each month for the entire year!  During September all Anti-Aging products and serums are 13% off.  “Like” Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center on Facebook to find out about upcoming sales, promotions, events and for knowledge & inspiration.

Here’s to another 13 years and beyond!

Health & Happiness,

Dr. Emily Loveland, DC

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Healing Hands….. My first massage at Tranquility. August 23, 2013

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Tonight I was truly honored to receive my first ever professional massage!!

-I know most of you are saying You’re kidding me right?” after reading that but yes it is true. Now I have been to massage classes and been the “test dummy” if you will.. but never the real deal… the full package… the essential oils and aromatherapy and just relaxing to the point you think you might fall asleep as someone kneads all your tension and stress right out the door.

If you couldn’t tell, I was very impressed by my first time. Being a Chiropractor I very much understand the positive effects of soft tissue work and the need to have your body worked on… sometimes Nothing compares to hands on healing. But this went to a deeper level tonight… my body needed the work, but my soul needed it more.

It’s important to take some time out for ourselves to nurture our inner beings. We are often too busy worrying about what’s going on in our lives or taking care of others that we push our own human needs aside. The simple act of doing something good for yourself can be just what the doctor ordered sometimes.

It truly is the little things in life that make the all the difference in the world! I am honestly blessed to be in such a healing and supportive environment at Tranquility!

Be Healthy,

Dr. KalliDr Kalli

 

Food Cravings July 16, 2013

Whether it’s a late night trip to the refrigerator or a mid-day break room encounter, many people experience food cravings throughout the day. Is there a reason why we feel the need to consume more calories right before bedtime and why most of the time the cravings are for unhealthy, fattening foods?

Focusing on controlling these cravings and opting for healthier snacks should become a daily habit, especially with trends like obesity and diabetes increasing. By understanding why you’re experiencing these cravings we can come up with solutions to provide you with healthier and more beneficial options.

There is actually a science behind the consumer’s addiction to eating the whole bag of potato chips or whole box of crackers. Processed foods are engineered down to an exact formula using math, science, regression analysis, and energy to find the perfect amount of salt, sugar and fat in products to ignite our taste buds.

Expressions researchers in the food industry use to define what’s appealing to consumers are terms like mouth feel, maximum bite force, and sensory specific satiety.1 In a study funded by Unilever (one of the world’s largest food companies) researchers found that consumers even perceived a potato chip as crisper and fresher simply based on the sound level of the crunch. They determined these consumers are often unaware of the influence of such auditory cues1. Did you know that even the reason behind the round shape of chocolate candies has a purpose? The softer shape is comforting and allows the morsel to melt more evenly on the tongue which triggers the proper taste buds to create a satisfying response in the brain.1

How do they do it? “Salt, sugar and fat are the three pillars of the processed food industry,” Michael Moss, author and investigator of the New York Times said after he spent four years prying open the secrets of the food industry’s scientists. “And while the industry hates the word ‘addiction’ more than any other word, the fact of the matter is, their research has shown them that when they hit the very perfect amounts of each of those ingredients … they will have us buy more, eat more.” 1

To mask the bitterness or sourness that the formulations can cause, the food industry uses flavour enhancers. Preservatives are also used to increase shelf life. So the jumbo box of crackers you purchase will stay fresh for months.

One of the most common flavour enhancers is Monosodium Glutamate (MSG). MSG is an excitotoxin, a substance that overexcites cell neurons causing cell damage, and eventually, cell death. These excitotoxins are able to enter and cause damage to the brain which can lead to abnormal development. Read more about MSG in our August 2006 Newsletter. You might even see MSG under different names such as hydrolyzed soy protein, yeast extract, or “natural flavors”. It adds flavor to the canned chicken soups and salad dressings used by many American home cooks, as well as the cheese of Goldfish crackers in many of your children’s lunchboxes. Nacho-cheese-flavor Doritos contain five separate forms of glutamate! 2 Imagine what they would taste like without it?

Bruce Bradley, a former food industry executive says, “We’re not talking about food actually being real anymore. It’s synthetic, completely contrived and created, and there’s so many problems about that because our bodies are tricked and when our bodies are tricked repeatedly dramatic things can happen, like weight gain” or endocrine disruption, diabetes and hypertension.” 1

Instead of simply blaming the industry for our food cravings, we need to take a step back and take responsibility for our guilty indulgences and late night binges. One of the most simple and overlooked problem solvers is exercise. Not only does exercise boost your mood and get you in shape, but it also releases endorphins… the same neurotransmitter that chocolate releases.

Peppers, spicy foods, and protein are also endorphin releasers that help you stay focused, more alert, and can lift a depressed spirit. You may even want to try a massage or acupuncture. Trained Acupuncturist’s can utilize a well documented protocol to help alleviate food cravings, sometimes in as few as 2-3 treatment sessions.

Are you getting enough sleep? Multiple studies show sleep deprivation leads to food cravings (especially targeting sugar and carbohydrates). This is due to the fact that sleep deprivation negatively affects the production of a hormone called Leptin (a hormone responsible for telling the body when it’s full), making one want to consume more calories than actually needed.

Sugary and caffeinated beverages (such as soda and energy drinks that many depend on for their mid-day “pick me up”) are over-consumed and a non-nutritive food. Basically, you’re spending time filling up your tank with volume that’s incapable of helping your body heal/repair or overcome infections. In fact, consuming those foods actually reduces your body’s ability to heal/repair and increases inflammation. The two most common ingredients found in energy drinks are sugar and caffeine, both of which provide temporary stimulation but can result in actual long-term energy loss and increased inflammation. Also, the processed sugar in energy drinks and soda overwhelms the pancreas, which over time can lead toward diabetes.

Opt for a glass of ice water with fresh organic lemon squeeze or try and snack on protein sources. Energy-efficient snacks like almonds, a fresh piece of fruit, or even a couple bites of leftover chicken balance high-quality calories with the nutrients needed to convert calories into enduring energy. These may seem unappetizing to you but this is exactly what the processed food companies have designed. When you eat their foods containing flavor enhancers, it makes natural foods taste less desirable. Now you’ve got to go through the pain and discipline of retraining your taste buds.

Another reason why you might be craving those sweet and salty foods may be a deficiency of certain minerals. Common deficiencies of magnesium, chromium, iron, zinc or calcium can all contribute to different types of cravings. But how do you know for sure what you’re deficient in?

The best way to find out exactly what you need is to consult with Dr. Kalli Prater, Chiropractic Internist at Tranquility Spa and Wellness Center. By getting a comprehensive exam and laboratory testing (if warranted), your individualized results can explain what lifestyle habits and deficiencies may be contributing towards the imbalances of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s also important to seek answers because being short on key nutrients can lead to many illnesses and diseases, and in children, a failure to grow to their fullest potential. Let Tranquility Natural Medicine help you get on the road to better health…today!Dr Kalli

References:

1. http://www.cbc.ca/news/health/story/2013/03/05/f-vp-crowe-food-addiction.html

2. http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/05/dining/05glute.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

3. http://bk2health.com/index.php/health-alerts/269-food-cravings

 

 

What is Swedish Massage Therapy? June 27, 2013

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Swedish massage is one of the most effective massage therapy modalities. It involves a deep tissue massage applied with gentle and vigorous pressure. Think of this method as a wonderful combination of massage and physical therapy, a process that promotes total relaxation and muscle tension release.

Take note that proper Swedish massage therapy should only be performed by a licensed massage therapist. If you are new to experiencing this technique and don’t know what to expect, put your mind at ease and check to see if the spa or massage clinic you’re planning to visit is staffed with a licensed, registered practitioner.

Swedish Massage Therapy: How is it Done?

Prior to the start of the massage treatment, the therapist will ask you about any history of previous physical injuries. The main purpose of this is so the therapist can take special care to prevent further damage and assist in the healing process to tissues surrounding injured areas.

Like many other massage therapies, Swedish massage involves the use of oil which is applied to the skin to help the massage therapist’s hands glide over the body without friction, and to help the soothing, even pressure penetrate deep into the muscles.

After the gentle application of the oil, the therapist will begin the massage. You have the option to choose whether you want the massage to be relatively gentle or done with more intensive pressure. Don’t be afraid to ask your therapist to lessen or increase the pressure applied, in accordance with your own tolerance and level of comfort.

Ways that Swedish Massage Therapy Can Benefit:

Since its inception in the mid-1800s, Swedish Massage Therapy has long been used by experts to provide many notable benefits. Here are just a few:

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  • Relaxation – One of the major benefits of Swedish massage therapy is true relaxation. For busy

professionals who have long weekdays ahead of them, a trip to the spa for a great Swedish massage can loosen up tensed back muscles and an aching neck and shoulders. Complete relaxation follows suit!

  • Helps with stress – Many of us lead very demanding lives, and the resulting stress can manifest in the body, making muscles noticeably tight and stiff. If you’re already feeling stressed, this can set up a cycle of anxiety and further discomfort. Swedish massage therapy eases the body’s unwanted responses to stress and helps to clear your mind of worry.
  • Better flexibility – After an hour of this kind of rejuvenating massage therapy, you can’t help but notice the way your body’s movements improve. The increased full range of motion of your hands, arms and legs and decreased swelling are all significant benefits of the Swedish massage experience.

With good reason, Swedish massage therapy is a sound and highly beneficial treatment. Stick with tried and true techniques over passing fads. Treat yourself soon!

Posted By: Jessica Baldwin, Tofino Massage Therapy

 

The Perpetual Patient…. is this you? June 18, 2013

Join the Perpetual Patient Program
By Dr. Jeffery Scott Sullender
It starts so innocently, so easily, you hardly noticed. You’ve been stressed lately and getting to bed later than normal with all the things on your “To-Do” list. You tell yourself: “It’s only temporary”, but with your recent reliance on pre-prepared and fast foods, you’ve been experiencing some stomach upset, a little gas and burping, even occasional burning. Your physician quickly diagnoses GERD and you receive a prescription for a proton-pump inhibitor to reduce your stomach acid. It seems to work for awhile.
Life is still “crazy-busy” and months later you notice you are unusually tired. After some blood work, your physician informs you that you are anemic again and prescribes an iron supplement. But almost immediately upon taking the iron you find yourself constipated and really uncomfortable so your physician prescribes a stool softener to offset the constipating effects of the iron.
The Next Stage
A couple of years go by and you begin to experience heart palpitations, leg cramps and more irritability than normal. Your physician refers you to the cardiologist and after 30 days on a Holter monitor and some blood work, you are told no “organic” cause for your palpitations was found. However, your cholesterol is “up” a bit and you receive a prescription for both a calcium-channel blocker for the heart irregularities and a statin to lower your cholesterol. With your palpitations abated and your cholesterol 20 points lower, your physician is pleased with your treatment. But the stress in your life hasn’t diminished with all the changes at work and the divorce. At your next annual physical, you mention that you are having difficultly sleeping. “If I could just sleep!” you say and you receive a prescription for a sleep medication. Two weeks later, your physician’s office calls saying that your bone scan shows the early stages of osteoporosis. Fortunately, it was detected early and you receive a prescription for a bisphosphonate to “slow the bone loss”.
Although you fill the prescription, you find yourself increasingly concerned about your persistent fatigue, forgetfulness, and periodic brain-fog. Feeling a little “down” about it you mention it to your closest friends, who quickly reassure you its all “normal” and just “part of getting older!” After sharing these concerns with your physician, you receive a prescription for an SSRI to deal with what is now diagnosed as “depression”. Now you have a handful of medications to swallow each day and you still don’t feel “well”. But, you are too busy to figure it all out and your physician is not particularly concerned, since this is all “normal for your age”. Twenty years later, you are diagnosed with dementia.
The Slippery Slope
Now let’s keep track. You started with being stressed, over-tired, eating poorly and the resulting effects on your digestion. Your physician prescribed one of those ever-popular “acid-blockers”, (Rx #1). By impairing the production of stomach acid necessary for the ionization and absorption of essential minerals, including iron, the anemia you had previously corrected, returned. The iron supplement your physician prescribed was unfortunately a poorly absorbed inorganic form, such as iron sulfate, (Rx #2), which gave you constipation.
While the stool softener helped your bowels, you remain tired and prone to brain fog as your iron stores remained low. After years of silent mineral-malabsorption from these two drugs, your tissue stores of magnesium became depleted, resulting in muscle spasms, irregularities in heart rate, increased fatigue, irritability, easily-aroused anger and other signs of low magnesium. The cardiologist prescribed a calcium-channel blocker, (Rx #4), to deal with the cardiac symptoms and a statin drug, (Rx #5), to reduce your body’s production of cholesterol. You were not told to take Co-enzyme Q10 to offset the inevitable negative impact of the statin drug on mitochondrial function.
Your fatigue, moodiness and irritability continued. You received a prescription to help your sleep, (Rx #6), and a bisphosphonate drug, (Rx #7) to “help your osteoporosis” which resulted from the severe demineralization. Your physician didn’t check your magnesium level properly, so you were then prescribed an SSRI to treat “your depression”, (Rx #8). After years of relying on fast foods laced with aspartame, MSG and other excitotoxins, the signs of dementia eventually began to appear. At this stage “aggressive treatment” was recommended and two drugs were prescribed to help offset the cognitive decline, (Rx #9 and #10). What a way to begin your retirement.
You Joined!
Like millions of Americans, you joined the Perpetual Patient Program. There were no application forms to complete, no minimum age requirements and you didn’t even have to be of “legal age” to take part. All you needed was a symptom, a diagnosis and a desire for a quick fix. It is a program borne of the unrealistic desire to live out of sync with our biology and genetic predispositions and simultaneously silence the expression of the consequences.
It is the ultimate “buy now and pay later” program, where you pay nothing up front but it will cost you everything in the end! It is the “default” outcome when we fail to listen to our biology and address causes rather than treat symptoms.
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About the Author:
Jeffery Scott, PhD, CCN is a author, researcher and health educator. He is author of “Mind Myths” and “Wisdom from Machu Picchu: 3 Words to Change Your Life” published by www.ClinicalNutritionPress.com
How can Tranquility Spa & Wellness Help?
Tranquility has a variety of practitioners to educate, guide and support you through your Wellness journey.  Find the one, two or many that work for you to get well, stay well and be well!
Dr. Kalli Prater,Chiropractic Internist, specializes in internal disorders from seasonal allergies, hormone imbalances, infertility to auto-immune diseases.  She offers laboratory testing, gynecological exams and the opportunity to heal through nutrition.
Dr. Susan Sterling, Acupuncturist, utilizes Traditional Chinese Medicine to allow the body to heal naturally.
Dr. Emily Loveland, Chiropractic Physician, focuses on the outer body helping patients manage and overcome musculoskeletal pain through chiropractic care, massage therapy and acupuncture.
Kelly Brubaker, Holistic Nutritionist and Wellness Coach.  Kelly helps patients “Make Wellness Their Reality” by making new habits, eating for health, incorporating Green Smoothies and offering ongoing support to achieve your goals.
Sally Strosahl is a licensed clinical professional counselor providing individual, couple and family therapy with a compassionate, spiritually based approach.
Donna Burg, Yoga Therapist.  Donna brings movement, flexibility and mindfulness back into our lives through class work  and individual yoga sessions.
Call Tranquility Spa & Wellness center at 630-762-9864 to schedule.  Your journey toward beauty, health and wellness begins at Tranquility.
 

Dealing with Foot Pain? June 12, 2013

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The foot is a complex mechanical genius, with 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments and 19 muscles and tendons. Our feet are our trusty servants, providing a foundation upon which to “take a stand” and move forward in life.

But most of us tend to take our feet for granted, and rarely give them the time of day — until they hurt, that is. And hurt they will, if neglected. According to a report issued earlier this year by Harvard Health Publications, there are at least 300 different types of foot problems, and three out of four Americans will suffer some kind of foot ailment in their life.

Feet hurt for many reasons, from poor alignment, weakness and fatigue to injury and disease.

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The only way to definitively identify a soft-tissue injury in the foot — or anywhere else in the body — is to get evaluated. Only then can you determine what type of treatment(s) might be useful, for example massage, friction therapy, Chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture or if more invasive therapies are needed like injections or surgery.  Many diseases, including Raynaud’s, congestive heart failure, pulmonary hypertension, and gonorrhea can cause swollen, painful feet. For sore feet that are not associated with a serious injury or disease condition, a combination of basic self-care and targeted reflexology techniques can often provide great relief.  As a rule of thumb you should always try conservative treatments first, before medications, injections or surgeries.

Contact Dr. Emily Loveland DC at Tranquility Spa & Wellness Center for an evaluation, conservative treatments or custom orthotics from The Orthotic Group.

Self-Care Routine for Aching Feet

Many people have reduced or completely eliminated their foot pain by following a dedicated self-care routine. Below are some key actions that get results.

First of all, rest. Stop doing whatever it is that aggravates your pain. If a certain pair of shoes causes you pain, stop wearing them. If daily runs on pavement end in pain, find another way to exercise. Listen to your body’s cues and discontinue any activity that interferes with the healing process.

You should also consider ice massage. This is a simple way to reduce inflammation. Fill a small paper cup with water and freeze it. Gently move the cup over and around the injured area, stopping when the tissue begins to feel numb. Keep the motion constant, so you’re not holding the cup stationary in any one spot.

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You might also try stretching. Start by stretching your toes. Bring all your toes into extension and then grasp one toe and stretch it slowly into full extension for a moment or two. Do this with each toe four or five times. Next, take each toe and bring it into flexion all the way. Then grasp two toes at a time and gently stretch them apart for a few seconds. Repeat with all the toes. Then go on to stretch all the joints in the foot and ankle, the muscles of the lower legs, the hamstrings and the quadriceps. Use a towel, rope or stretching strap if you need to.

Roll the arch of your foot on a golf ball.  Best to perform while seated to avoid using to much pressure or falling (you don’t want to create more injury!).

Another important step is strengthening. To strengthen the muscles of your foot, toss a dozen large marbles on the floor, sit in a chair, and pick up a marble with your toes. Then cross that leg over the other, tailor-fashion, and remove the marble. Repeat until you have picked up all the marbles and then switch to your other foot and pick up all the marbles again.

It is also important to develop better footwear habits. Many of our foot-related woes are caused, either directly or indirectly, by the shoes we wear. Consider taking some of the these simple steps:

  • Change your shoes throughout the day, so as not to tire individual muscles; call on a variety of muscles to share the load.
  • Explore alternatives to high heels. These shoes do more damage to the body than we have time to discuss in this article. If you wear them frequently, they may well be the primary cause of your foot pain.
  • Replace your shoes when they begin to deteriorate and the sole or heel becomes uneven. This is particularly important for athletic shoes.
  • Always wear supportive and cushioned shoes on ceramic, concrete or wood floors or when going on long walks or running.  This includes middle-of-the-night jaunts to the bathroom.  Adult feet may require custom orthotics for arch support or to correct imbalances to counteract years of gravitational force.
  • Look into purchasing Yoga/Pilates sandals to wear around the house. They spread and lengthen the toes.

If you live near a beach and take barefoot walks, you can invite the muscles of your feet to strengthen in a healthy, natural way. Walking or gently running on sand is excellent for the health of your feet. You can also establish morning and evening routines for your foot health. Before getting out of bed in the morning, remember to stretch and massage your feet. Then, when you’re relaxing in the evening, try a combination of the following:

  • Spread your toes. Foam pedicure separators or gel toe separators do the trick.
  • Roll your foot on a footsie roller or golf ball. This will elongate and stretch the tissue on the plantar surface.
  • Soak your feet in warm water and ¼ cup of sea salt or Epsom salts, and then give yourself a short reflexology session (as described below) before going to bed.

Evening Reflexology Protocol

Reflexology is a non-invasive complementary modality involving the use of alternating pressure applied to reflexes in the feet. Reflexology reduces tension in the muscle tissue and improves circulation of the blood, lymph and neurons, resulting in reduced pain and better functioning.

Following your foot soak, fully extend, flex and separate your toes. Take each stretch as far as you can. Roll your foot and ankle in clockwise and counter clockwise circles. Range-of-motion exercises will increase blood flow to the feet, loosen up the joints and relax the connective tissue.

Use a knuckle to “walk” the bottom surface of the heel. Stop on any sensitive points and apply slow micro-friction to break up adhesions of excess nerve and/or scar tissue that has been laid down in response to trauma.

Use your thumb to apply rhythmical, alternating pressure to the remaining bottom surface of the foot. Imagine your thumb as a little inchworm, taking small “steps” over the entire surface of the foot. Stop on sensitive points and apply micro-friction.

Use your fingers to walk the top side of the foot and work on any points that get your attention.

Finish with ice massage, followed by massage with a natural moisturizer, like coconut oil or Glysolid (available at Tranquility).  For a treat add organic essential oils that have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. (Examples include German chamomile, peppermint, ravintsara, helichrysum, and lavender.)

Drink some water, turn off the light and go to sleep! Remember to wear footwear with arch support if you get up in the middle of the night and stretch your feet and calves before rising in the morning.

Remember, when you treat your feet well, they tend to return the favor.

This article was reprinted from http://www.massagetoday.com

 

 

 
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