Self-Care is Health Care: Invest in Your Feet for a Lifetime of Good Health

“Oh, my aching feet …” How many times in your life has this comment come out of your mouth? Maybe it's been after a long walk or run, a day at the amusement park with the kids, shopping at the Mall, after being on your feet all day at work, after wearing high heels or an ill-fitting pair of shoes. Whatever the reason, your feet are telling you that they've had enough and it's time for a little tender loving care.

And this is exactly why a foot massage is where it's at! We've got twenty-six bones and more than a hundred muscles, tendons, and ligaments in the foot and ankle. These itty-bitty bones and muscles bear the brunt of our body weight to stand, walk, run, hop, skip … move our body through space. All day log our foot muscles work and release so we can use the ankles, arches, and toes as levers to propel us through life, but how often are you giving your feet time to relax, re-charge, and refresh?

There is not much scientific evidence to back up the benefits, but foot reflexology has been used for thousands of years to relieve tension, improve circulation, increase “Qi” or energy flow, and help promote natural function for improved whole body health.

Reflexologists believe that there are specific points on the soles of the feet that relate to all our other organs, systems, and parts of the body. By stimulating these foot “reflexology” points you can not only help your feet feel better, but help the rest of your body too.

When any part of the body is feeling stiff, tired, or sore, stretching our muscles and massage can be two of the best things we can do to get some relief. It's easy to think about getting a neck or back massage to alleviate stress in the upper body, why not take advantage of the benefits of a foot massage and treat your feet?

Whether you have high arches, flat, feet, or a normal arch, whether you use your feet and ankles with good alignment for healthy movement habits, or your feet pronounce or supinate, whether your feet are one hundred percent healthy or you're experiencing heel pain, arch pain, plantar fasciitis, pain under the balls of your feet, arch cramps, toe cramps, bunions, hammer toes, or other foot problems, taking care of your feet with a regular foot massage can help reduce stress and help your feet feel fit and fabulous.

It's great when you can find a friend, or hire a masseuse or reflexology specialist to give you a good foot massage, but this might only happen on special occasions, and there's a really good chance that your feet could actually use a little love on a more regular basis. We're using our feet daily; why not give them a good foot massage on a daily basis to help keep them strong, fit, flexible, and pain-free?

There are a lot of easy things you can do, and helpful foot-care products you can use, to enjoy a good self-massage to treat your feet! And it does not take long at all, with a quick 2-3 minutes, using the right foot-care tools; you can give yourself a great foot massage to help your feet feel better. Of course you can always spend a little more time focusing on your feet for preventive care to keep them well … 10-15 minutes, or even a full 30-45 minutes focused on your feet with a combination of both foot massage and targeted foot-care exercises can do wonders for maintaining healthy, happy, pain-free feet.

Wipe that “Oh my aching feet …” comment out of your life with a little TLC for your feet with regular foot massages, and foot-fitness exercises as a part of your weekly workout routine. Have you been paying attention to what your feet are telling you? Start improving your foot fitness today, your feet (and whole body) will thank you. A foot massage is where it's at to help reduce and alleviate foot pain and keep you relaxed, refreshed, and refreshed.