Healthy Computing: Foot Ball Massage

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Do your feet scream for attention? Do they feel trapped in your shoes?
Do you take your shoes off almost immediately upon arriving at home?
Sitting at a computer during the day without much movement can be stifling
for the whole body, especially for the feet. Without muscle movements
lymph fluid and blood tends to pool in the legs and feet. Free yourself
and energize with FOOT BALL MASSAGE.

HOW TO GIVE YOURSELF A FOOT BALL MASSAGE*:

This requires 1 or 2 tennis balls.

Stand bare-foot and lean against a wall or closed door. Make sure that
you are completely relaxed and breathing diaphragmatically. Place a
tennis ball under one foot and gently roll it on the floor. Roll the
length of the foot, then in circles. Change the pressure from light to
firm. Roll the ball for 1 to 2 minutes then, switch feet and massage your
second foot in the same way.

Alternatively, sit comfortably in a chair. Place a ball under each foot
and roll from heel to toe, then in circles. Keep your body relaxed and
maintain your diaphragmatic breathing. Do this for 2-3 minutes.

Optionally, use nubbed massage balls.

Relax you whole body as you relax your feet.

*We thank Monika Fuhs for suggesting this practice.

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