APR 2017

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Page 80 of 100 [ 78 ] • DAYSPA • april 2017 work fl ow According to Chicago-based personal fi tness trainer Kyla Jenkins, there are several things spa pros can do to alleviate some of these debilitating conditions in the short term. These might include limiting the number of treatments performed back to back, and taking short breaks to rest the feet. "Massaging your feet and stretching them, then pulling your toes up toward you for a few seconds after a workout or during your break at work can help," she says. Of course, if symptoms—particularly pain—persist, the individual should see a doctor to rule out something more serious. Hands-On Foot Solutions Borish and Jenkins both off er plenty of advice for maintaining healthy feet over the long term. These include staying off your feet as much as possible when not working. Relax your feet as often as you can, perhaps by massaging them yourself or booking a refl exology session, which also boosts circulation. Jenkins suggests rolling a tennis ball or specially made wooden roller back and forth between the balls of the feet and heels, which can be done when seated or standing. In addition, applying ice packs and/or elevating the feet may ease temporary swelling or discomfort. Borish says a straightforward goal would be to massage the feet at the start and end of each day to improve circulation and relax the muscles. Another tip: Place a towel on the fl oor then scrunch it and pull it in with your toes to help strengthen them. "Doing this for just a few minutes several times a week when you're watching television can go a long way toward stopping foot pain," adds the podiatrist. Spa pros should also walk barefoot, both at home and, if possible, in the workplace. "Going without shoes on soft surfaces for just a few minutes a day can strengthen your feet and help the bones naturally realign," says Jenkins. Always be aware of your posture and try to keep your weight over your ankles. Don't lean too far forward or backward, as this can put a strain on the feet. Also maintain a wide stance while standing to improve stability. u © GETTY IMAGES

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