Be kind to our feet in winter
It is easy to forget about our feet when they are tucked up in shoes or boots all day, then into slippers at home, then into bed for the night until it all starts again the next day. It can be out of sight and out of mind with our feet in winter. Even pedicures may be forgotten, which is sad because our toenails, cuticles and exfoliation still need attention. With a little nurturing during winter our feet will repay us tenfold.
And what is nicer than a hot footbath on a cold winter’s night? Caring for our feet is both pampering and therapeutic. Come on – you deserve to have happy feet.
Here are some tips:
- Wipe carefully between each toe to ensure dryness after showers and baths and swims. It only takes 10 seconds longer – the other option is being prone to tinea and fungal infections
- When showering in communal areas wear jandals to prevent catching verucas
- Rub Te Tree oil between toes after showers, baths and swims as a prevention for fungal infections.
- Buy a foot roller and while you watch tv or stand – use it under your feet to work the reflexes. This is energising the whole body.
- Change socks daily – wear cotton where possible. Our feet can sweat up to 500 ml a day
- Go for comfort in shoes – natural leather where possible – this can breathe
- Get rid of dead skin by investing in a foot exfoliator – I find beauty therapists have the best and although they are more expensive, they last a long time.
- Stand on your toes; stand on your heels and move around. Go over on the outside of your feet and the insides of your feet. Make circles with your feet on the floor. Get those feet flexible.
- When you are sitting, make ankle circles – stretch the toes as far from you, to the side, stretch the toes towards you and to the side. This will help circulation and flexibility.
- Soak your feet in warm water. Fresh ginger helps circulation. Epsom salts is a good way to relax muscles and for the body to absorb magnesium. Teabags added to footbath help to stop sweaty feet.
When should I go to a qualified Reflexologist?
- Are you feeling stressed, tired, edgy, drained, out of sorts?
- Are your feet or legs sore?
- Do your feet feel constantly cold?
- Do you have pinched nerves?
- Are you low on energy when you wake up?
- Are you feeling like some pampering – and at the same time wanting to get a treatment for restoring your body’s well being and balance?
- A regular reflexology treatment is a good preventative health treatment