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Monday, April 24, 2006 

Having Trouble Sleeping? Reflexology to the Rescue!

After a long day of activity, whether you are working at home, in an office, going to school or taking care of children, a good rest is what we all look forward to. But it seems to be that these are exactly the times when sleep evades us.

What to do? Try using a do-it-yourself reflexology foot massage. It makes sense, your feet work the hardest supporting your entire body throughout the day, plus all the nerves in your body end here.

What is reflexology? The art of reflexology has its roots in the ancient cultures of Egypt, India and China. The West received word of this therapy in 1913 from Dr. William Fitzgerald, who noted that reflex areas on the feet and hands were linked to other areas and organs of the body. Eunice Ingham developed this zone theory further in the 1930's and reflexology as we know it today became real. She found that tension in any part of the foot is mirrored in the corresponding part of the body. Reflexology is a complementary therapy, which works on the feet to help heal the whole person not just the prevailing symptoms.

First, take a nice shower or bath, get out your favorite lotion and coat your foot with just enough to lubricate your foot.

Now beginning with the ball of your right foot, take both hands and place the thumbs in the middle, beneath your third toe. Use enough pressure that is comfortable for you and make slow, circular movements.

Next, move to the arch of your foot. Make sure you massage the complete area of the arch from the ball of your foot to the heel.

Now, move to the heel of your foot, continue using circular movements, by now your body should begin to relax. Use both hands and hold your foot between them, flex your toes, first forward and then backward, then massage each toe from the top to the bottom where it meets the ball of your foot.

Finally, move to the top of your foot. Take your thumbs and beginning at your ankle, use the same circular movements down to your toes, around the sides of your foot and the ankle joint.

Repeat the process on your left foot, and once you are finished you should be more relaxed and ready for a wonderful dream.


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