National Foot Health Awareness Month đź‘Ł

Your feet are what grounds and stabilizes your entire body. Literally moving your body from morning till night, and place to place, even if right now it's from your bedroom to the living room. We often forget about the health of our feet, constantly cramming them all day long into shoes that don't allow for natural foot movement. New research in evolutionary and comparative anatomy are showing how much modern shoes are crippling your phalanges and metatarsals (toes), which in turn can negatively impact the amount of blood supply to your feet, often leading to additional body mechanic issue from plantar fasciitis to gait immobility, and can even be the root cause of knee, and hip pain. While many of us have hunkered down at home for this health sequester, why not take some time to focus on one of the most important parts of your body; free those footsies and bare it all.



You Were Born With Perfect Feet

The next time you're near a baby or while in quarantine you can google "infant's feet" and do a foot comparison. A healthy foot is widest at the ends of the toes, with straight and dexterous toes that show sufficient splay between the phalanges. Little tikes have yet to have their feet altered or deformed by our daily wear and tear in our modern shoes and are the perfect subjects to aspire to. The easiest way to work on your own toe splaying is with tools like toe separators for bunion socks (best to wear at night). And if you want to become a real foot fanatic, like moi, checkout Correct Toes website for their approved shoe list. 


Foot Work


Stretches Stretching your feet is extremely important and will have a full-body effect. Here's why, your feet along with your Soleus muscle (a muscle of the calf) are responsible for pumping blood back to your heart. Muscular contractions within the feet and legs exert pressure on the veins to push blood through your valves and back toward the heart. Every step you take, every move you make, will help with your blood circulation. Whether you are physically active or a homebody, everyone can benefit from doing foot stretches which can be done throughout the day. 

*Flex your foot up and down 10 -12 times before standing. Then rotate your feet clockwise and then counterclockwise 10-12 times.


*Do toe stretches. With your foot extended in front of you as far as possible while still in reach, grasp and pull your big toe back toward your ankle. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat three times. 


*Try towel stretches. Fold a towel lengthwise and put under the arch of your foot, holding both ends in your hands. Gently pull your foot towards you. Hold for 15-30 seconds. Repeat three times. 


*Rolling massage. Sit on the edge of the bed or a chair and roll your foot back and forth over a cold bottle of water, can, tennis/lacrosse ball or foam roller for 1 to 3 minutes. Spend some extra time on those tender spots if you've have them.


You can do these same stretches and strengthen techniques throughout the day when it’s possible to take your shoes off, such as after work, before exercising, or before bed. During these stretches you should feel some pulling, but not pain. Stop and take a break or stretch more gently if it begins to hurt. 



Massage 

Massage is relaxing even under the best circumstances, so no wonder it’s ideal for soothing sore muscles and tissues when you’ve strained something! In fact, some studies have found that massage combined with stretching works better at treating plantar fasciitis than other medical treatments. 


Start by warming your foot tissues with a hot bath, shower, or foot soak to loosen them up. With a little bit of moisturizer or massage oil on your hands, massage your foot along its full length from heel to toes with medium to firm pressure. Then switch to massaging across the width of your foot. Go back and forth in these two directions for about two minutes on each foot. Finish by applying ice to each foot for about 15 minutes. 


Whether you see a professional or do it yourself, massage increases blood circulation. Better circulation allows your tired muscles to get the oxygen and nutrients they need to be strong again. All of this promotes healing to the damage done to your foot tissues and helps those tissues be more limber and ready for action so they don’t sustain more damage as you go about your day. 


A combination of targeted massage and stretches can go a long way in healing sore feet, to developing better balance. The next time you get out of bed, pause and take a few minutes for stretches and massage, and you’ll be up on your bare feet— literally— in no time!



STUDIO UPDATES


Reopening Dates

I know these are uncertain times and the date for the studio is no exception. I am following all state and federal guidelines. Currently, California is under the "SAH" order until April 19th. However, federal recommendations are suggesting April 30th. Whatever the date, I will be notifying everyone the changes as they become more definitive. For those scheduling appointments, please feel free to do so, but be aware that the appointment may be canceled at a moment's notice. I will do my best to work with each of you regarding your appointments.


Website Updates

With the free time I have on my hands, I have been making a strong effort to update my website, specifically my Recommended Products page. I have added all of my favorites and organized them for easy accessibility. 


FREE SHIPPING on In-Store Purchases

For those wanting to replenish their CBD Elixicure (pumps & roll-ons) or needing to update their TareSpa Hot packs, I have my supply with me and ready to ship for free. Contact me via email, gettysmassage@gmail.com, to place an order.


My Video Debut

I'm passionate about self-care tools and one of my favorites is the Abacus by Gelliflex. For the past 2 years, I have had a great professional relationship with the owner Craig. Last summer he asked if I would be willing to be part of his new marketing video, which I was happy to take part in. Check out the Abacus from Gelliflex!