Love your Feet
Over my toes
the soft sea wash
see the sea wash
the soft sand slip
see the sea slip
the soft sand slide
see the sea slide
the soft sand slap
see the sea slap
the soft sand wash
over my toes.
poem by Michael Rosen
My feet hold so.much, they carry me through thick and thin, they help me step bravely forwards through the challenges life brings. They walk me through my daily routines, keeping me steady, balanced and strong. They take me on adventures and lead me to lands far and near. My feet are how I walk in the world, how I skip, run and dance.
Yet I rarely think of my feet; I hide them away, I cover them, I forget to hold them and care for them. I forget how important they are. I must remember......LOVE YOUR FEET!
Rhysian Reflexology Blog 12 July 2019
The Joy of Slowing Down
“You’ve got two speeds, slow and full stop! ”
After all these years, I can still hear my mother’s words, chiding me for dilly dallying.
As a little girl, I was always the day dreamer, adrift in a world of wonder and imagination.
Somewhere along the way, I lost the magic, forgot how to dance the slow waltz. I grew up and life got busy!
… so much to do, a never ending cycle of busy -ness…… school, exams, first job, falling in love (lots of times), getting married (twice), becoming a mother, college, university, changing career, retraining, volunteering, community work, moving home, travelling, becoming a grandmother.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve enjoyed my life, every step of the way, all the people I’ve met, the family and friends so important to me, every job, new adventure and even the challenges, the rocks stumbled over, the mountains climbed. But maybe I’ve lived a life too fast, too full of worry.
Busy is very much what life is all about these days. We rush to fill each minute, people to see, places to be, things to achieve. Social media bombards us. We are all moving so quickly, in a constant struggle to juggle family, work and social life.
We can often feel guilty about putting our own needs above those of others but making time for yourself is not a luxury; it’s an absolute necessity. Living life slowly helps you spend time with your thoughts, listen to your body and to understand how to nurture yourself.
In the hurry to live my life I have often neglected the very things that make me feel good...,walking in the woods, tending my garden, playing the piano, writing poetry, listening to the song of the birds and the sound of the sea.
I’m 63 now and still busy ….but living life in the slightly slower lane is helping me cope better and working as a Reflexologist is finally bringing me back to a place of balance and calm. I am reminded of the value of making time for me, finding space to nurture body, mind and spirit.
Looking back, I think that little girl had life mapped out just right….treasuring each moment…taking things nice and slow.
As the great poet W.H. Davies wrote,
“ A poor life this if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare.”
Rhysian Pengilley is a Reflexologist and a Community Well Being Champion www.rhysianreflexology.co.uk
Quote from the poem “Leisure”, by William Henry Davies or W. H. Davies (1871 – 1940), Welsh poet and writer.
Photograph by Gethin Rhys Jones, Swansea, Wales.
Rhysian Reflexology Blog 19 June 2019
Rwo Shur Reflexology
In many parts of Asia including Taiwan, China and Singapore, the Rwo Shur method of reflexology is practised. A combination of thumb-sliding and pressure techniques incorporating the knuckles and sometimes small, wooden sticks is used. The pressure is very firm. A session usually lasts about 30 minutes with the focus being on stimulation rather than relaxation.
The Rwo Shur method was developed in Taiwan by Father Joseph Eugster, a Swiss missionary. After experiencing the benefits of reflexology himself, he saw the potential to help millions of needy people with this simple therapy and began to treat and then train others in this form of reflexology.
(Source Association of Reflexologists)
Rhysian Reflexology Blog - 19 May 2019
Did you know?
An adult skeleton has 206 bones
Each foot has 26 bones! One quarter of all the bones in your body are in your feet.
There are 20 muscles in each foot, as well as 33 joints, 19 muscles, 10 tendons and 107 ligaments.
The soles of our feet have more than 7000 nerve endings.
There are approximately 250,000 sweat glands in a pair of feet, and they excrete as much as half a pint of moisture each day.
When we are born are feet are underdeveloped. The arches develop as we grow.
The average person walks 110,000 miles in their lifetime.
Each foot takes 1.5 times your bodyweight when you walk and when running your feet take 5 times your body weight.
(Source: Association of Reflexologists)
Rhysian Reflexology Blog - 12 May 2019