The Science of Reflection: What Your Feet Reveal About Your Body

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I sat in a zero gravity chair and was tilted backwards gently until I was comfortably horizontal–and ready for a nap. Thus began a deeply relaxing reflexology session, my first. Like many people, I had seen the map of the foot that reflexology is known for, and I had done the standard google search. But I wanted to know more. I haven’t experienced many professional massages, but I believe in the healing power of the one I have had. And reflexology is basically a massage just for the feet, right?

So I sat down with reflexologist and Bliss Your Sole Reflexology owner Coca Bell in Beaverton, Oregon. She explained–and then showed–how reflexology is a foot massage. But it’s also so much more than that, too.

Reflexology is the science of reflection. It’s a pressure-point therapy that’s applied to the feet in order to boost the body’s immune system and amplify circulation. Reflexology comes from an ancient tradition of healing practices. It’s a close cousin to acupuncture, which uses needles placed along the meridians of each organ; however, reflexologists’ primary tool is their hands.

Reflexologists see the whole body reflected within the feet. To get a rough idea of the map of the foot, hold your feet out in front of you. Your feet will be symmetrical. Think of the space between them as your spine. The brain is reflected in the big toes, and the rest of the toes make up other parts of the head. From there to the back of the foot, the body is mapped. The ball of the foot represents the chest, including the heart and lungs. The ribs extend over the top of the foot, and the reproductive system is represented in the indented triangles around the achilles tendon. The reflexologist’s map even includes the shoulders and knees. Each reflexologist maps the foot a little differently, but the outline is the same.

The focus in reflexology isn’t on getting you in and out of a session as quickly as possible. It’s another avenue to overall health, and it demands unhurried attention to detail. By focusing on the foot and what the foot is telling you, one can learn about the body as a whole. As we know at Good Feet, the health of the feet are an essential aspect of a person’s wellbeing. Any structure, from house to human, is only as strong as its foundation. As Coca says, “happy feet, healthy you.”

Many who receive reflexology come with a specific focus in mind: neuropathies of all varieties, back or neck pain, plantar fasciitis, and even menopause. But just as many come in with the simple desire to relax. And during my session, relax I did! I felt the foot massage throughout my entire body and even experienced a delightful tingle in my scalp.

What seemed like hours later, but still wasn’t long enough, I emerged from the session feeling refreshed, relaxed, and peaceful. Still seated comfortably (I learned it’s important to transition slowly back to your day after a reflexology session), I learned about what my feet were telling the reflexologist about my body. I was surprised by the insight.

Coca noted my neck and diaphragm needed attention and expansion (a lot of time hunched over the computer, she presumed correctly). She also noted that I was slightly dehydrated, which made me think about how I’d been applying more chapstick lately. In this introductory session, my reflexologist didn’t have any specific goal in mind. She was instead looking to get an overview of my body through the lens of my feet, and she quite literally touched on some important things for me to pay attention to.

Feet are an essential part of the body, and I was humbled by how much mine revealed. Even when we care for them properly, we still often take them for granted. By taking some time to learn about what they were saying, I felt more connected to my body overall. This is one case of trying new things that had an immediate and relaxing reward!

 

Be Inspired to Take Advantage of Your Opportunities

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Josh Bangert, a fifteen year old from Chicago, is going blind due to Leber’s Hereditary Optic Neuropathy. The fast moving genetic disease means that he’s had to get serious about the experiences he wants to have before he loses his vision. But that’s not stopping him. With a successful fundraising campaign and an established list of the new things he’d like to try, he’s not taking no for an answer.

Good Feet is inspired! We’re happy to hear about how Josh is making the best of this challenging situation by prioritizing getting out there and experiencing the world with his family.  

Trying new things is always challenging. Whether we’re held back by time limits, financial limits, or the limits we create in our minds, it can be all too easy to put things off, waiting for the perfect time. But there is never a perfect time. There’s only what you make it.

And we like how Josh is approaching the experience of trying new things: surrounded by family and friends, full of appreciation, and open to what the world has to offer. We can all learn from Josh’s positive spirit and passion for life.

 

Hello, North Carolina

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Good Feet NW | SE is excited to be joining the Charlotte community!

We are proud to bring good foot health to the Southeast region with our first store in Charlotte. The Good Feet Store’s certified fitters are trained to fit uniquely designed arch supports that help guide the foot into its natural ‘ideal’ position, as well as encourage even weight distribution and proper body alignment from the ground up. The supports can be useful for anyone who wants to perform better, prevent injury, recover from activity, or even reduce pain.

Earlier this summer, we hosted a career fair for our newest store. Our enthusiasm has only grown since then. District Manager Rolanda says, “we connected with some great individuals who are excited to be on our team!”

Rolanda and other new Charlotte employees travelled to different Good Feet NW | SE locations throughout the country and learned the ins and outs of being arch support experts and building a stellar team.

Good Feet believes in creating a positive impact. That’s our reason for being in business–our why. It appears in everything we do, from our personalized in-store fittings to our community outreach. We want to help the communities we’re a part of live the lives they love without their feet getting in the way.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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Take The Leap

Try New Things Post

It’s “Try Something New Month” here at Good Feet! Throughout October, we’ll be helping you get motivated to try new things, which helps work muscles in both the brain and body. What do you think of when you think of trying new things? Sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities and start thinking it’s only possible to try new things if you have an abundance of extra time–or cash. But what you try isn’t half as important as that you try. The essence of trying new things remains the same, no matter what activity you engage in. Get inspired with this post on why getting out of your comfort zone is a good thing.

One of the most important reasons to try new things is that the act of trying serves as a primer, preparing you with tools essential to personal growth. For example, if you try something like painting or guitar lessons, it will most likely take a while to master. But you’re not just learning how to paint or play the guitar; by trying new things, you’re learning how to learn, how to navigate in a new world of information. This incredibly important skill can be applied to many aspects of life.

Or, think of trying new things another way: If you spend a month engaging in the exact same routine, you’re likely to later remember that month as moving fairly quickly. But if you intersperse new activities throughout the month, you’re more likely to remember each activity as a separate event, thus giving yourself more memories to reflect upon. Time won’t go any slower, but you’ll be filling it with meaningful experiences. What memories do you want to have?

It can be easy to become complacent with everyday routines, as enjoyable and important as they may be. We wouldn’t be who we are without having these experiences, but we can always be growing. Decide how you want to grow. Then dive into this month of trying new things with as few expectations as possible and a lot of excitement. Extending yourself beyond your comfort zone is exhilarating.

Of course, as exhilarating as it is, it is also challenging. When you’re thinking of what you’d like to try, build off what you already have. Do you have a lifelong dream to travel solo? Have you and your family always wanted to vacation together? Realize those dreams at whatever scale you can. Do you want to socialize more, or develop your thoughtful side? Consider signing up for a club or to volunteer in your community.

Be inspired to walk through the world freely. It’s normal to feel apprehension. But you’re giving yourself the opportunity to build on something: your experiences. They say that life is 10% what happens and 90% how you react to it. New experiences give you the opportunity to learn more about yourself, and how you tend to react. So even when you’re engaging in familiar routines, you’ll have more tools in your toolbox to take on challenges–and triumph. Life is what you make it, so don’t be afraid to try!