Sole to Soul

The minute when we open our eyes in the morning is the time we are ready to start our day. But is that necessarily so? How many of us actually hit the snooze button and go back to sleep for another half an hour? Therefore, the right line should read: The minute when our sole touches the floor is the time we switch on our brains and go on with our busy schedules, that is why we call it “kick start” the day. In other words, once our foot is on the ground, we are geared to start moving and stay occupied. Essentially, the only way to be totally relaxed is when your feet are off the ground.

So, how are we going to calm our brains? Let’s give ourselves a warm footbath at the end of the day. Fill just enough lukewarm water to cover the feet up to the ankles in a small tub. Throw in some mineral-based salts (Epsom salts are believed to be great to relieve aches, improve circulation and soften and deodorize the feet) and a few spoonful of essential oil. Try to rotate your angles, spreading your toes in the tub. Repeat this routine two to three times a week for duration of 30 to 60 minutes.

Give your feet a ten-minute gentle massage during or after the footbath. Starting by massaging the pressure points on the soles of your foot before moving on to the sides of your feet. Then, proceed to caress the sole and back to the heel. Bend your toes back and forth to their full range of motion. Then massage your ankle and instep. Gently pat the pads under each toe, using you thumb. Remember to use a pumice stone to smooth corns and calluses gently. By starting this foot relaxation regime, you will be closer to achieve inner peace at the end of your hectic working day.

Soaking your feet in warm or hot water is therapeutic. So even without the minerals and essential oil, it could simply make you feel better.

Now, too frequent a footbath may result in dried, cracked skin on the feet. The best ending to this beauty regime is to rub a coat of Ellgy Plus Cracked Heel Cream over the tops and bottoms of your feet, but not between your toes.

Walking barefoot all the time will give ways to the formation of cracked heels. Do invest in comfortable shoes and socks that fit well and protect your feet. Even when you are home, do not stop supporting your feet as you are still actively moving around doing chores. Invest in supporting slippers with arch that will give comfort and reduce strain on the feet and legs. The important difference between your shoes wearing outside the house and inside the house is, your home slippers should provide your feet “breathing space” and to keep feet dry.

While you are sitting working at office or relaxing on your couch at home, try to put your feet up at a stool to increase blood circulation. Wiggle your toes and move your ankles up and down for 5 minutes, three times a day and try not to cross your legs for long periods of time.

They say a journey of thousand miles must begin with single step; but before you start that journey every day, let’s make sure your sole is ready for it and your soul is recharged for is.