Our poor tired feet – they really take a beating without a whole lotta love. This move is easily done and can generate HUGE relief for tired feet. This pose will open space in the joints, increase circulation and even help increase ankle flexibility. Which makes it especially great after a long day standing, hiking, walking, running, you name it!
If your partner often complains about their feet, be sure to check out the comfort tips below to really set them up nicely before this pose.
How to Relieve Tired Feet with Thai Yoga Massage’s Sole-to-Sole:
- Stand at your partner’s feet and place the balls of your feet on the soles of theirs.
- Rock your weight from foot to foot, as you take tiny mincing steps on their soles.
- For a more intense version of this pose, turn around and place your heels on the soles of their feet.
** Comfort Tips: 1)Make sure your partner has sufficient padding under their feet. 2)If the front of your partner’s ankles don’t naturally touch the ground in this position, place a small blanket roll under the ankles to give them support.
Benefits: Good for tight and tired feet.
Cautions: Don’t lose your balance! If you balance isn’t great today, do just one foot at a time, keeping your other foot firmly on the floor!
–> Great Prep Poses: Not strictly necessary here but these will help to open better circulation into the legs to make Sole-to-Sole more effective… Sole-to-Belly Hip Rotations, Quad Stretch, Half Happy Baby.
–> Counterposes: Foot-to-Thigh Hip Lift, Single Leg Flip, Hip Swirl.
I suppose you could get really bendy and creative with your knees and elbows to simulate Sole-to-Sole on your own. BUT there is an easier yoga pose that will give you the effect of Sole-to-Sole for your hands, rather than your feet – Padahastasana (Hands Under Feet Pose). To do Padahastasana, take a standing forward fold (Uttanasana) and slide your hands under the soles of your feet, all the way under. Your fingers should point toward your heels and your palms should be facing up. Sole-to-Palm :-). Note that this pose does require a certain amount of flexibility in your back body – bend your knees as needed. Now, begin to shift your weight from side to side, applying pressure much as you would to your partner’s feet in Sole-to-Sole. You can also shift your weight forward and back for a different hand massage. Great relief for tired hands in this pose!
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