Roll Your Feet with a Ball
Whether you struggle with tight hamstrings, suffer with plantar fasciitis, get leg cramps or just have tightness in the back of your body; try this simple trick for loosening up the entire back of the body from your heels to the top of your head.
The human body has one long, continuous line of connective tissue that runs from the sole of the foot, up around the ankle, up the leg, around the knee, up the thigh, over the sitting bone, up the back all the way to the top of the head ending just over your eyebrows. Tightness in any part of that chain can cause tension anywhere else along the back body. When you find yourself with tightness, tension or pain in any of those areas; start with loosening up the tissues on the soles of the feet and see how much better the entire body feels.
Simply roll the sole of your foot over a ball for 5 minutes daily. Use a tennis ball, a physical therapy ball, or when you’ve built up some tolerance, a golf ball. Begin by rolling the ball under the toes, then along the outside edge of the foot. Roll it around the arch area and back & forth across the heel making sure to treat all areas of the surface of the foot. Spend 2-3 minutes rolling each foot.
You’ll be amazed immediately at how good your feel! Opening up all the tissues on the bottoms of the feet will cause your entire back body to loosen and relax; your feet will feel lively, your leg muscles more open, you may even get a bit of relief from back pain or a headache. Resist the urge to overdo this exercise, limit yourself to once or twice a day; but make sure to do it daily. This is such a simple way to immediately feel better in your body; give it a try and let me know how you feel.
Suzanne Andrew is a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist, Reiki Master, Yoga Instructor and General Good Health Zealot.