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Self-Care for Your Feet & Ankles

Foot & Leg Massage in Walnut CreekIf you work all day standing or walking, you can feel exhausted at the end of the day with sore and tired feet. Here are some tips to take great care of your feet and feel more refreshed in the afternoon.

Comfortable Shoes

Wear supportive, comfortable shoes with flexible soles. If you can’t wear athletic shoes at work, see your doctor, podiatrist or chiropractor for advice on custom foot support for your shoes.

 

Water Exercise

Instead of running or walking, try adding swimming or water aerobics to your exercise program. You’ll get a great overall body workout without adding further stress to your feet and legs.

 

Relaxing Foot Bath

At the end of your work day, soak your feet and ankles in warm water with Epsom salts and a few drops of essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, and/or rosemary. Enjoy this refreshing soak for at least 10 minutes and allow the warmth, salts and oils relax your muscles.

 

Self-Massage for Your Feet

Use a massage ball or even a golf ball to massage your soles of your feet. While you’re sitting, step on the ball, and roll it under your feet. Adjust the pressure as needed by slightly lifting your leg. Notice if there are any tender or tight spots. Roll the ball slowly to massage your feet.

 

Therapeutic Massage for Your Feet & Legs

Nothing beats a therapeutic massage by a skilled massage therapist. Book a regular massage for the ultimate self-care for your feet and legs.

Foam Roller & Myofascial Release Class in Walnut Creek March 21

Foam Roller for Self Myofascial Release Many people have complaints about constant tightness that no amount of yoga, exercises or stretching can seam to relieve. For people who suffer with these issues, the first thing I do is introduce them to the foam roller. This inexpensive, simple and effective tool gives them instant relief and can be used out of the comfort of their home.

Some of the benefits you can get from using the foam roller are:

– Decreased back pain
– Reduced knee pain
– Improved posture*
– More efficient exercise and exercise form
– Reduced muscle spasm and cramps

* Posture is where all our movement comes from. Foam rolling can help relieve muscle tightness and help you perform full range of motion during your workouts and everyday physical tasks.

Register online for another evening full of information about how to keep your body moving and pain free on March 21st at the Sports Basement Walnut Creek.

Self-Massage for The Head and Face

To temporarily improve your mental clarity and concentration, and to reduce tension or anxiety, try massaging your head and face.

 

1. Placing one index finger directly over the other, begin pressing and releasing, “walking” rhythmically from the hairline down the center of the forehead. Then, moving about one inch horizontally to the right of the centerline, press and release from the hairline downward. Move your fingers one inch to the left of the centerline, and repeat.

 

2. Beginning with your thumbs or index fingers at the center of your forehead, “draw” a line from the midline to the temples. Smooth the skin across the eyebrows, the center horizontal line of the forehead, and across the hairline.

 

3. Make small circles on each temple with your index fingers.

 

4. With your hands, make a “claw.” Make small circles into your scalp, slowly covering your entire scalp, lingering wherever it feels tight.

 

5. Using alternate index fingers, stroke down the bridge of the nose from the top to the tip.

 

6. With your thumbs or index fingers, gently stroke from the inner corner of the eye across the cheekbones to the ears. Repeat in horizontal strips as you work down the face.

 

7. Make circles into the well-developed muscles of the jaw. Linger on areas that are sore or tight.

 

These methods are easy and great to try out while sitting at your desk at work or on your break. Let us know how they work out for you?

 


Loosen Up Bodywork provides the highest quality service by educating our clients on how to best utilize our services and products that are available. We have multiple online resources and our phones are answered by our therapists so you can always reach a trained professional to answer your questions.

Our goal is to empower our clients to take charge of their own health and wellbeing. With our therapists vast knowledge in various natural health treatments, we can assist you in finding the best modalities to match your unique body.

Visit our services page to see how we can partner in cultivating health and wellness in to your life @ http://loosenupbodywork.com/services/massage/

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