Massage Therapy For Children

Whenever we talk about massage, we generally associate it with adults only. But the healing and relaxing benefits don’t only apply to the older generation. People of all ages can benefit from massage therapy, including children.

Why It Works

It’s no mistake that infant or child massage routines have been practiced since ancient times. The power of touch and sensory stimulation is the first sense felt by humans and has shown to help children reach developmental milestones. Sadly, there have been studies revealing babies suffer from “failure to thrive” because they were deprived of the loving touch they desperately need.

You may not realize it, but children of all ages experience different kinds of stress. Stress in children can range from separation anxiety, various fears, or emotional strain within the family. These heightened levels of cortisol so early on hinders healthy development. Massage therapy can help children manage these feelings of stress in a controlled and positive setting.

In addition to helping children manage stress, massage therapy early in life supports a positive sense of self. Children who learn a healthy understanding of touch early on are more likely to grow to be adults with a healthy self-esteem, a sense of appropriate boundary’s, and long-lasting intimate relationships.[1]

The Power of Touch

I once worked with a family that adopted three children who hadn’t come from a positive environment. I visited them at their new home once a week, same day, same time so that they’d get used to having a “friend” that would always came back and who wasn’t going to leave them. I would bring with me creams and oils and for them to make up their own aromatherapy potions and then massage their new parent’s feet or hands. It was an emotionally charged time and the little boy told his new mom that he loved her for the first time during one of our sessions.

We also asked another one of our young friends (age four) how it felt when her mom gave her a massage. She said every night before bed, her mom rubs her back and sometimes uses lotion. “It makes me feel comfy and snuggly! I like it when mommy tickles my arms too.” And coming from mom, she says it’s the best way to help her little one fall soundly asleep.

Daily massage with your kiddo does not have to complicated. A quick 10 to 15 session with your child’s favorite scented lotion or oil is just enough to have lasting benefits. This step by step guide can help you master the perfect technique for you and your little one.

What We Do

We offer private sessions designed to teach parents or caregivers how to massage their medically stable newborn and are available  to answer questions regarding the best ways to massage older children. As always, we strive to be a resource to support you in anyway we can.

If you are interested in learning more about Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center or ready to book your session, click here or call our office at 330-721-9357 and schedule your appointment today.




Healthy Prenatal and Postpartum Techniques

Throughout my many years as a Birthing Doula, Reiki Master, and massage therapist, I’ve seen how natural body-work techniques promote a healthy pregnancy, safe labor and delivery, and easy transition into the postpartum phase. Simple treatments like massage therapy or special chiropractic adjustments can have exceptional benefits for both the mother and the child.

Massage Therapy

With so many major changes happening to the body, massage can help relieve the physical and emotional discomforts that take place.

Some of the physical benefits include:

  • Reduced muscle cramps and painful trigger points
  • Pain relief in muscles and joints and legs, low back, and upper back
  • Increased flexibility, making it easier for the body to adjust to its changing shape
  • Eases constipation, gas, and heartburn
  • Improved circulation and reduces excess fluid retention
  • Slowed progression of varicose veins
  • Relief of headaches

According to a study from the Touch Research Institute at The University of Miami, massage greatly reduces anxiety and negative feelings and can have a positive impact on an expectant mother’s mental-state. The study found that pregnant women who received one massage per week had lower levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and increased levels of serotonin and dopamine (the feel-good hormones). These positive hormonal changes have been linked to few complications and healthier pregnancies overall.

For more information on how massage therapy can benefit you during pregnancy, read my article here.

Chiropractic Care

Regular chiropractic care during pregnancy can help ensure your body is structurally prepared for labor and delivery. When the pelvis is out of alignment, it can reduce the amount of room the baby needs to develop in the womb or lead to complications during delivery. Adjustments also support optimal nervous system function, ensuring your cells are receiving adequate nutrients and oxygen for the growing baby.

Other benefits of regular chiropractic care during pregnancy include:

  • Relief from back and neck pain
  • Reduced swelling
  • Controlled symptoms of nausea
  • Reduced labor and delivery time

No matter how great your prenatal care may be, sometimes the baby doesn’t want to cooperate.

Breech or posterior positions can also interfere with labor and delivery and could lead to alternative interventions such as c-sections. The Webster technique is a specific type of chiropractic care that focuses on taking un-needed stress off the uterus and supporting muscles to create optimal balance in the pelvis. Chiropractors are highly trained in these techniques to provide gentle and safe adjustments to encourage the baby to move into the right position.

Once a mother has her child, changes in the body don’t stop there. Postpartum discomfort can be just as intense. Combined with massage therapy, chiropractic care can help shorten recovery time and address all the components of one’s pain to help your body back to normal.

Work With A Doula

A Doula is a trained professional who provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to a mother before, during, and shortly after childbirth to help her achieve the healthiest, most satisfying experience possible.

The term comes from a Greek word meaning “to serve.” Birth doulas serve and support expectant women and their partners and families with the emotional and physical aspects of childbirth. A doula’s role fits perfectly into the modern childbirth scheme where health care providers cannot be 100% present to care for a woman’s emotional and physical needs during childbirth.  Postpartum doulas serve and support after childbirth. Both birth and postpartum doulas can assist women and their families in getting information to make the very best health care decisions for themselves and their families.

According to DONA International, the following are benefits of having a Doula:

  • Mother’s are less likely to need Pitocin
  • Less likely to have a cesarean birth
  • Less likely to use pain medication
  • More likely to have a positive childbirth experience

Interested in using a doula for your pregnancy? Click here to find one near you.

Are These Techniques Right For Me?

We always encourage our clients to inform their caregivers that they are receiving treatments outside of their primary care. In our office, our massage therapists at are specifically trained in providing the most comfortable and effective massage sessions during normal, healthy pregnancy.  Because massage is not appropriate for certain conditions, we encourage our clients to keep us updated about their health. We want to take the best possible care of our clients during this special time in their life.

Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center is an oasis for expectant mothers or new mothers to relieve the aches and pains of physical stress but to de­stress their minds as well. Click here to schedule your appointment or call our office at 330­721­9357 to learn more.

The Secret to a Perfect Golf Game

Golf – a favorite past-time enjoyed by many. However, it’s a difficult game to master. If you’ve ever played, you know how frustrating the game can be. Half physical and half psychological, the focus and precision required to get that small white ball across hundreds of yards into a tiny hole can be excruciating. Yet if you do so in a minimal amount of strokes, the feeling of success can be oh so rewarding.

While it’s not the most physically demanding of sports, it does put quite a bit of stress on the body. Swinging a club hard and fast with an intense twisting motion will pack quite a punch on your muscles and joints. In fact, Golf Digest reports that around 80 percent of golfers experience some kind of back or shoulder pain.

Thankfully, massage therapy offers a number of solutions to golfers looking to maintain their swing. And while the physical aspect of golf is important, the psychological component is also critical.

Reduce Pain

It may sound like common sense but it is ever so important. No one wants to live in pain! Massage therapy is one of the best ways to ease the soreness of overworked muscles and joints. It increases circulation, allowing the required oxygen and nutrients to flow through the tissue and maintain muscle health.

Increase Range of Motion

As we age and move less, our joints begin to tighten, restricting movement. Kneading and working on muscles and joints can help keep them lubricated, more fluid, and working properly.

Decrease Risk of Injury

The hard swing and twisting motion from a golf swing is a very unnatural movement. It’s intense, vigorous, and strenuous. Even a healthy individual is at risk for injury. Keeping muscles loose and flexible is the key to preventing a tear or strain.

Promote Mental Clarity

Massage therapy is a great way to relax, but for many the sense of calm wears off shortly after a session. You get back to your busy life and let stress sink in again. Reiki is another natural healing technique that can benefit you beyond the treatment room. It is an ancient Tibetan form of natural healing that is administered by the “laying of hands” to help restore imbalances of energy in the body due to blockages. This technique increases energy, accelerates healing, calms the mind, stimulates spiritual awareness, and creates a general feeling a well-being.

Practicing Reiki is especially important when looking to balance the chakras of the body. When we see clients with physical ailments, whether it be pain, migraines, digestive issues, etc., we can often times relate it back to a blockage in one or more of the chakras from an emotional trauma. As a Reiki Master, we can help people identify where these blockages are located and clear them to allow the body to once again become centered.

If practiced regularly, you can see how these positive effects can transfer over to your golf game.

Boost Confidence

Golf is a competitive sport, but it is also meant to be a means of enjoyment. Whether you are playing with a group or solo, it’s supposed to be fun! Heading out with a sense of relaxation and clarity can take the stress off trying to play perfectly. Our goal is to help you take a deep breath, smell the fresh air, and appreciate your physical health and ability to move.

Now as you can see, I don’t exactly have the secret to a perfect golf game but I know that massage therapy and Reiki can help you get pretty close. Everyone’s body and skill level are different, but maintaining a healthy physique and clear mind will help you play your best game yet.

If you play golf and are looking to improve your game, give us a call or click here to schedule your appointment today.

Raising Awareness on Heart Health: Why massage therapy can help save your life

Heart disease is now the number one leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States, resulting in over 610,000 deaths every year.[1] Because February is National Heart Month, we can’t help but wonder why these statistics are so staggering. What can we do to help raise awareness?

Biologically, we all know what the heart is and it’s functions. It is an organ the size of a fist, located behind the breastbone just left of center. It pumps blood throughout the body through the circulatory system, supplying oxygen and nutrients to tissue. Aside from the brain (your command center) the heart is the center of the body, giving life to every inch of your physical self.

Spiritually, the heart is the center of your entire being. Known as the fourth chakra, it is purposely situated in the middle of the body, balancing the lower three chakras of world matter and the upper three chakras of the spirit. When it’s open, it colors your life with compassion, love, beauty, and acceptance of self. When closed, it’s said to give way to anger, resentment, grief, and hatred.

Whether you are a spiritual person or not, it’s clear that the state in which your heart is functioning will impact your overall health. Obviously, there are many factors that affect this (diet, exercise, medications), but more and more studies are showing that simple lifestyle changes can have a dramatically positive impact—massage therapy being one of them.

  • The biggest way massage therapy supports a healthy heart is by reducing stress. It’s relaxing, peaceful, and gives you time to rest. Many people meditate and reflect during their sessions or rather just quiet the mind and enjoy the stillness. Stress increases cortisol levels telling the heart and other organs to work harder. Massage therapy can actual inhibit these hormones from being produced and instead replace them with feel-good hormones known as endorphins.
  • When muscles become stagnant from lack of exercise or movement, naturally occurring toxins have no where to go. They begin to build up and your tissues start to become inflamed. If blood can’t reach the tissue, your already hard-working heart is forced to pump harder in an effort to get those vital nutrients and oxygen where needed. Before you know it, you can have dangerously high blood pressure. Massage therapy releases contracted muscles which helps increase circulation, allowing blood to flow more freely throughout the circulatory system.
  • Massage therapy also plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of those who have had operations on their heart or are going through other cardiovascular procedures. Surgery related pain can lead to disrupted sleep, negatively affect mood, and interfere with living a normal life. All these factors can lead to stress and anxiety, further delaying the healing process and putting additional burdens on the body. Recent studies have shown that incorporating massage into cardiac surgery patients’ post-operative rehabilitation can significantly reduce pain, anxiety, and muscular tension while improving relaxation and satisfaction.[2]

Here at Nature’s Touch, our clients’ health and happiness is our top priority. We hope that talking about issues such as cardiovascular health will encourage or inspire you to practice positive lifestyle choices.

Massage therapy is a simple, drug-free, and non-invasive treatment that could change your life! Call us today to schedule your appointment.




Massage Therapy & Weight Loss: Committing To Love Yourself

It’s no secret that self-improvement is a shared interest among Americans. Now that January is in full-swing, the discussion of New Year’s Resolutions seems to be on everyone’s mind. Whether it’s weight loss, cutting back on the sugar, or finally utilizing that gym membership, it appears that these resolutions are oftentimes focused on superficial, high-pressure goals revolving around body image.

Here at Nature’s Touch, we advise our clients to make New Year’s Resolutions with extreme caution. Why, you may ask? The reason isn’t because we don’t have faith in our clients, but rather we know what the implications may be if those resolutions don’t come to fruition. Not succeeding in those weight loss goals or achieving the perfect makeover can lead to frustration, lowered self-esteem, or even depression.

That’s a lot of pressure! Instead of making a promise you might not be able to keep, why not take a minimalistic approach that actually works?

The solution is simple. Make a commitment to loving yourself, each and everyday. If your goal in this new year is to work on self-improvement, staring at a fitness magazine or listening to ads claiming you can drop 20 pounds in two weeks just aren’t realistic. Why not work on improving your body image, self-esteem, and focus on what works for you.

To help you start this journey of self-love, I have put together three tips that I practice as daily reminders to love the body I was blessed with. When you love yourself, you’ll start doing things to care for your health and wellbeing, and weight (if that’s your goal) will begin to fall off naturally.

  • Recite Daily Affirmations
    • It may feel silly at first, but tell yourself how much you love YOU! You think your thighs are too big? That’s ok, they give you strength to walk around. Feeling pressure that your house isn’t always clean? Tell yourself how wonderful you are for providing a roof over your family’s head. Consciously turn the negatives in your life into positives. This change in mindset can have a huge impact on your overall outlook on life.
  • Practice Meditation
    • I talk about meditation a lot in my office, but that’s because I believe so deeply in its power. Taking 15 minutes out of the day to sit quietly and peacefully can calm the mind and can help you refocus, recharge, and reconnect with yourself. It’s inexpensive, simple, and can be done anywhere! Meditation is something I suggest anyone of any walk of life practice.
  • Find Your Passion
    • One of the reasons why New Year’s Resolutions crumble to quickly is because we commit to something unrealistic. While wanting to try new things is certainly advantageous, purchasing a CrossFit membership when you’re really not interested in doing such a high-intensity sport won’t do you much good. Instead, really consider something your heart has been yearning to do but still fits in your life. An activity such as taking a dance class, trying yoga, or working with a massage therapist to understand your body on a deeper level. Whatever it may be, find something that you can be passionate about that really focuses on YOU.

Promoting self-love is the first step in becoming the best version of you. While massage therapy is our main service offering, we also do our best to guide you as you make this new commitment. We spend time talking to our clients when they come in to make them feel comfortable. No matter what shape or size you may be, there is no judgement.

If you are ready to commit to becoming the healthiest and happiest version of you and making this year your best year yet, click here or call our office at 330-721-9357. We look forward to seeing you.

My Tonalli Healing Ritual Experience

While in Mexico this past week I visited the local spa to receive a traditional healing ritual called Tonalli. In the Aztec wisdom, Tonalli means “luminous essence,” from the belief that the breath of life is the essence that brings One love, One energy, One purifying light to all living things our One world. In reverence to this tradition, the Tonalli ritual awakens the One purifying light in your body through successive steps of cleansing.

My therapist’s name was Rosa and she thoughtfully walked me through the treatments and explained each step. With her soothing voice, she guided me through a short meditation to bring One love to myself. She indicated that One love begins with loving yourself, and she is so correct.

With my hands over my heart I listened to her voice which lulled me to a calm place. Next, with dried herbs in hand, Rosa cleansed my aura (our energy field that surrounds us). I sat and she placed my feet into a bowl of warmed water while she scrubbed and then dried them. When she was finished, I laid on the warm massage table and was surrounded by a warm herbal body wrap with the intention that your body absorbs nature’s light and life. With firm pressure, she massaged my scalp and used a trigger point massage technique on my face. The wrap was removed and followed by the use of obsidian stones. These stones contain anti-inflammatory powers when gently massaged over the body. Rosa used the stones on my tight muscles to rebalance my body’s energetic flow.

The combination of these healing properties of the stone, massage movements and heat delivered a healing experience that cleanses the spirit and energizes the body and mind.

I’m sharing this experience with you because this day in the spa was the perfect example of taking time out of my busy life to show my body, mind, and spirit some self-care. We talk about the importance of taking care of your self all time at Nature’s Touch but we all know it’s easier said than done. I always like to think of it this way, how can you fully take care of others – whether it’s your spouse, children, an elderly parent, or friend – if you aren’t healthy and happy and fully capable in the first place?

Not everyone will has the availability to utilize a spa in Mexico, but there are so many ways you bring a little bit of this Tonalli experience to your home. Meditate, kick your feet up, get a massage! Anything to help you relax, get centered, and de-stress. Your body will thank you later.

5 Self-Care Tips to Staying Healthy This Holiday Season

The holidays can be one of the best times of the year but also one of the most daunting. Especially living in colder climates, stress and the elements can take their toll on the body. While we all know eating right and exercising regularly are important, it seems doing these things are often put on the back burner during busy times. So what else can you do to prevent holiday burnout? Try these five self-care tips to stay on top of your game:

1. Meditate

It’s inexpensive, simple, and can be done anywhere! Meditation is something I suggest anyone of any walk of life practice. Taking 10-15 minutes out of the day, either first thing in the morning, on your lunch break, or before bed, can dramatically reduce stress and calm the mind. It may sound simple, but during busy times it can be incredibly difficult to truly relax. Taking a few minutes for you to center yourself will create a sense of peace and help keep stress-levels at bay.

2. Get Salty

Have you ever wondered why people living near the sea seem to be naturally more vibrant or happy? While living near the ocean has endless benefits, one of the biggest is salt.  More and more studies are showing the positive benefits of salt inhalation. Salt balances positive and negative ions in the air improving the immune system and mood. Other benefits include reducing inflammation, improving respiratory conditions, and promoting better sleep. Because of the wide-spread benefits of salt therapy, more and more spa’s or wellness centers are making salt caves available to the public. If you don’t have access to a salt, try purchasing a salt lamp or two for your home.

3. Practice Gratitude

With the presents, shopping, and parties, it can be very easy to forget what the holidays are truly about. Taking the time appreciate the season and all you have to be thankful for is an easy way to improve your health. Depression and anxiety seem to creep in as the temperatures dip or during high-stress times. Reminding yourself to be positive and thankful for the good in your life can improve your mood, help you deal with adversity, maintain strong relationships, and simply make you happier.

4. Self-Massage

Give yourself a little rub down when you can. Massage therapy improves circulation in your body, reducing inflammation, promoting flexibly, and flushes toxins out. While we can’t all get a massage everyday, you can massage small areas of your body on your own. Working on your own hands, feet, and legs and have positive benefits on your health. A technique we like to use for self-massage is called the Melt Method. The MELT Method is an exceptionally easy yet highly effective therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, and tenderness. Using a small, soft ball (about the size of a tennis ball) you simply roll the ball under your feet and massage the tender areas. This massaging motion helps re-hydrate connective tissue and tendons promoting flexibility and proper nerve flow.

5. Skip the Sugar

So we know avoiding indulgent foods is next to impossible, especially when it seems like holiday treats are everywhere we turn. Trying to diet or obsessing over what you are eating can put a lot of stress on the body. Instead of avoiding these treats all together, avoid the high-sugar or processed ones. Grandma’s homemade recipes with real ingredients are probably a better option than highly refined, store-bought options. Load up on healthy fats that will satiate your taste buds while nourishing your body. And don’t be so hard on yourself if you do indulge! Practice self-love and forgiveness and know you can always try to get back on track tomorrow.

Massage & Breast Cancer

Often we find our lives so busy we forget about taking care of ourselves. With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, it’s the perfect time to remind ourselves that monthly breast checks are a critical component to women’s health.

In the United States, about 1 in 8 women develop invasive breast cancer at some point in their lifetime. According to the Susan G. Komen, most breast cancers grow slowly and by the time women finally notice a lump, the cancer is very aggressive.

No one wants to look for cancer, but incorporating the thought process of checking yourself routinely could save your life. In fact, a recent study found that 40% of breast cancers are diagnosed after a woman has felt a lump in her breast on her own, without having a mammogram. To help get in this mindset, don’t think of this as an exam—think of it as a massage instead.

Breast self-massage offers a way to let go of tension and get the lymph fluids flowing. It can be done simply by lying down on your back. The breast tissue will then spread out evenly along the chest wall.

Place a pillow under your right shoulder so it can relax, and your right arm behind your head. Using your left hand, move the pads of your fingers around your right breast gently in small circular motions covering the entire breast area and armpit. Use light to firm pressure. Work around the outside starting at the armpit, under part, and then inner part of your breast, around the nipple, and back toward the armpit. Now repeat the self-massage on your left breast in the same manner. Using a bit of oil such as coconut oil will help your fingers glide better.

This self-massage technique can be done anytime. During certain times of the month our breast may become more lumpy than others, so know that it may take more time to get to know ourselves and the changes that our breast go through at different times during the month. If there’s something that catches your attention, give your healthcare provider a call and make an appointment. Have a yearly mammogram done in addition to your self-massage sessions. Take action and take care of your-self. Exercise, eat right, de-stress, be in nature, and enjoy your life!

Fall In Love With These Fall Treatments

At Nature’s Touch, we offer relaxing massage therapy services all year-round, but as the season’s change, so do our clients preferences. And as we enter into autumn, warm, cozy treatments begin to sound as irresistible as a pumpkin spice latte. Help us embrace the season with these fall spa favorites:

Hot Stone Massage

What doesn’t sound more relaxing than hot stones designed to melt your tension away? This treatment is performed with the application of smooth basalt lava stones that have been heated to just the right temperature and placed on the areas of your body that are tight or sore. Once your muscles are nice and relaxed, the same stones are oiled and used in flowing strokes by your therapist to complete your massage.

Bamboo Infusion Massage

Bamboo Infusion Massage is a unique and innovative method of performing a deep tissue massage. Using heated bamboo to roll and knead tissue, this treatment creates an extreme sensation of relaxation. The smooth edges of the bamboo sticks allow for more penetrating maneuvers to work through all angles of your aches and pains. Many clients report that the benefits of this type of treatment last even longer than regular deep tissue massage. How wonderful does that sound!

Steam Tent Therapy

As the weather starts to cool down, you may be finding yourself more prone to catching colds and getting sick. The perfect way to give your immune system a boost and warm up from the chilly weather is with a session in our steam tent. The steam tent is like a relaxing sauna that helps the body to sweat out toxins. As it heats the body, it acts as an artificial fever that kills off unwanted invaders and puts your body into healing-mode. Many people who incorporate regular steam tent sessions into their life notice significant improvement in congestion, headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Facial Toning

Face Toning Massage is a stimulating and vigorous method of treating the problem of aging skin. But what many people do not know is that it’s just as relaxing as any other massage. Using hot towels at various points of the session, it feels like a luxurious and cozy facial.


Reflexology is a non-invasive treatment performed on the feet and hands to promote movement of energy along pathways. We combine this treatment with various essential oils to stimulate your senses, uplift your spirit, balance, and re-energize you. Especially during fall, we use scents of the season to give you the full autumn-time experience.

To book your fall massage therapy session, contact Nature’s Touch Massage & Wellness Center today!

The Surprising Benefits of Foot Care

During my studies as a massage therapist, I’ve done extensive research on all areas of the body to understand how every inch of the human frame is connected. And at the base of it all are the feet.

The feet are the foundation of the entire body. There are located at the bottom of the skeletal system, so if the bones, muscles, or tendons become injured in some way, the rest of the body must compensate and adjust for the imbalance.

So it should come to no surprise that wearing non-supportive shoes, like flip flops during the summer months, or having a labor intensive job, can put a strain on the feet, leading to overuse of the muscles and potentially trigger more serious problems like tendinitis, plantar fasciitis, or chronic pain.

So what can you do to protect your feet but still enjoy wearing those summer sandals or work your job? Give them the care and attention they need with these simple practices:

Massage Therapy

Massage therapy is not only for your upper body. It’s for your feet too. Massage therapy on your feet helps increase circulation, pushing toxins out, and allowing fresh blood to easily flow into the injured or tense areas. Kneading and stretching muscles can reduce inflammation to allow vital nutrients to flow back through the area and promote healing to the tissue.


Similar to regular massage, Reflexology is a specialized, non-invasive treatment performed on the feet or hands. This holistic therapy uses thumb and finger pressure of varying degrees, focusing on areas that correspond with all body parts. The pressure applied during Reflexology stimulates the movement of energy along the pathways. Its benefits range far and wide from emotional release to physical relief. It can ease pain, reduce stress, improve circulation, stimulate the nervous system, uplift your spirit, balance and energize you.

The MELT Method

When you wear flip flops or other shoes that don’t offer much support, your toes are forced to squeeze and grip the shoe. And without padding, your heel and arches are exposed to pressure and force from the weight of your body. The MELT Method is an exceptionally easy yet highly effective therapy to help reduce pain, inflammation, and tenderness. Using a small, soft ball (about the size of a tennis ball) you simply roll the ball under your feet and massage the tender areas. This massaging motion helps re-hydrate connective tissue and tendons promoting flexibility and proper nerve flow.

Kick Your Feet Up

Simply elevating your feet at the end of the day for short periods of time can help remove pressure and reduce swelling after a hard day’s work. Before bed, prop your feet up on a few pillows or on the side of the couch and let them rest for 15-20 minutes. This will help keep inflammation at bay and give your feet the break they need.

Go Barefoot

Have you ever heard of “earthing” or “grounding?” Earthing is the practice of putting your body in direct contact with the Earth. Because your feet are at the base of your body and in closest contact with Mother Nature, one of the easiest ways to “earth” is to simply walk barefoot on soil or sand. The Earth has a mild negative charge, sending positive energy throughout the body and soil. While scientific researching is still being done on all the benefits, people who regularly practice this often experience less pain, reduced inflammation, better sleep, increased immunity, and an overall more positive outlook on life.

Practicing these simple techniques everyday will not only do wonders for your feet but for your entire body as well. During your next massage appointment, ask your therapist to show your feet a little TLC.