6. Toes and Fingers (starts at 0:20)
Sit in a chair with feet flat on the floor. Cross your right foot over your left leg until your right ankle is on you left knee. Place your finger in the spaces between your toes, resting your thumb on the joint of your big toe. Rock the toes back and forth.
Other Ways To Support Foot Health
Self-massage is very effective in loosening the tension in your feet. It also improves blood and lymph flow. A calming essential oil (like lavender) applied with foot massage can help you sleep.
An Epsom salt foot bath is soothing and the salts (which aren’t really salt but minerals) are a great source of magnesium—a necessary nutrient that helps relax sore muscles.
“Earthing” is the therapeutic practice of walking barefoot in the grass. Cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, MD explains:
“Throughout evolution humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground, largely oblivious to the fact that the Earth’s surface contains limitless healing energy. Science has now discovered that this energy promotes health, harmonizes and stabilizes the body’s basic biological rhythms, and neutralizes inflammation.”(4)
How earthing works:
“Your body receives an electric signal from the Earth that normalizes and stabilizes its many biological systems and mechanisms. At the same time it becomes suffused with negative-charged free electrons that are omnipresent on the surface of the Earth. Your body immediately equalizes to the same electric energy level, or potential, as the Earth.”
By its nature, yoga promotes gentle stretching and grounding of the body’s energy through the feet.
Chronic pain in your feet can be an indication of a physiological problem. If you experience foot pain that just won’t go away, go see a foot specialist to find out the root cause.