It's no secret that if you have worked with me you would have heard my spiel about the importance of your feet. I learned from my teachers and it has been my pleasure to educate all persons about why they need to take care of their feet. So far in my feet geek research it has been focused simply on moving and using them in the proper way. If you have been following along with me, you know by now I am in India. The relevancy of that statement is the reason for this post. I walk to and from work, I walk the markets, I walk to the corner store often, and I walk around my house. Most days I am galavanting around in Jandals or thongs or flip flops:)
Walking the streets in India is like walking the gauntlet most times, not only is traffic out to get you, but you have all kinds of fecal matter to deal with, rubbish, dirty water and most of the streets are dirt themselves or very dusty.Seriously, I'll walk to the corner store and back maybe one hundred steps all up and my feet will be a feather dusters dream.
I went through a period where I wasn't sleeping very well, my skin when I woke up was pretty dingy, I felt tense, even my energy levels were low. Now, I am sure there are many things that contributed to those symptoms and many things that helped dispel those symptoms. One thing I know for sure is when I made the decision to take care of my feet every night before I went to bed, magic happened.
Yes! thats right I wash my feet every night before I go to bed, you may be thinking well thats a no brainer living in India but you will be surprised how many times exhausted I have crawled into bed forgetting. I will toss and turn feeling like I cant relax, No matter what I will get up and go wash my lovely feet with TENDER LOVING CARE and upon returning to bed fall right asleep. I capitalized those three words because i believe it is a key ingredient to what makes this new ritual for me so beneficial. Taking care of yourself better yet LOVING yourself with joy in your heart, is a sure fire way to relax your body and mind, therefore easing into the day or the night. Washing your feet before bed with a hot wash cloth using gentle strokes helps the blood circulate through the entire body. Since the feet are the root of the body this circulation enhances muscle relaxation as well as provide a way for your overactive mind to draw back into the body, and Voila a great nights sleep. In ancient chinese studies it has been said that doing this one small thing could be the key to a longer healthier life, I am a believer.
I first started this lovemaking ritual to myself out of necessity because my environment is so dirty and I have a thing for clean sheets, however reaping the benefits from this ancient practice has inspired me to carry on no matter what road I travel down.