On your toes all day? Drained soles devoid of love, rest, balance, and spirit either seek refuge without shoes under the desk or stick out of the blanket in the middle of the night.
And what causes this unrest and irritation? Well, it could be the neglect we subject our feet to.
The skin we generally care about
You’d agree that when it comes to skincare, we usually obsess over the face, neck, decollete and hands and often take our feet almost for granted.
That too, despite knowing that our feet are like the firm branches of an inverted tree that keep us connected to nature.
What if we realize all things our loving feet do for us well in time and give them the same care, pampering, and respect that we shower on our faces.
Just as a strong root system can ‘weather the storm’, happy and pampered feet can keep most diseases at bay.
Causes of dry or hot feet
Talking of uneasiness, do you know why we often have dry or hot feet? According to Ayurveda, these may be signs of a dosha imbalance! And what does this 'dosha' mean?
Heard of Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water), and Kapha (Water and Earth) yet? Well, these are the three doshas that determine the mental and physical tendencies unique to every individual.
These doshas are basically a unique combination of the 5 elements found in nature. Emulating the characteristics of air, water, fire, space, and earth, we are born with all the 3 doshas as a part of our constitution.
In Ayurveda, these govern various physiological and psychological processes. When these 3 doshas are found in a perfect state of balance, it is defined as Prakruti. When the doshas go out of balance, it is defined as a Vikruti. Most physiological and psychological changes in the body, therefore, are a direct result of changes in the dosha.
Wonder why knowing this is important? Well, because each of these doshas affects the skin too.
Ayurvedic skin type is known to be influenced by our unique body type or Prakruti or due to an imbalance of a dosha. That’s right, the skin is likely to show distinct characteristics based on the predominance of a particular dosha.
And by this rationale, dryness of the feet is a direct result of a Vata condition and sticky or hot feet may be due to a Pitta imbalance.
Since both Vata (cool) and Pitta (hot) are contradictory forces,tending to them requires the goodness of a dual dosha balancing solution. And hat can be better than a ‘Padabhyanga’ or an Ayurvedic foot massage?
Massaging is a great way to balance doshas, boost health, and untire fatigued feet. In fact, in Ayurveda, it has been mentioned that foot massage is an essential part of personal hygiene as it helps slough off roughness, soothe stiffness, ease dryness, and shake off overall tiredness.
Foot massage also helps provide attractiveness to the feet. What’s more, regular foot massages can make the feet softer, and help maintain good eyesight as they are considered wholesome for the eyes. You can choose to massage your feet however or whenever you feel like, even every day.
It is, however, most effective just before sleeping as it helps soothe the senses and facilitate deeper levels of comfort and relaxation. While ghee or sesame oil are the best oils to massage with, indulging your feet in a dual dosha-balancing treat can be an ultimate way to enjoy an at-home spa, every day!
If you’re a yoga or chakra enthusiast, you'll love to know this:
Ayurvedic Foot Massage also soothes the nadiswhich are energy transmitting pathways all over the body. The mutually connected system of nadisregains alignment and relaxes the whole body following feet massage.
The blocks in the channels and the aura get released once the mechanism and feeling of well-being is conferred all through the body due to the impact of Padabhyanga. The Chakras regain their normal spin and maintain the energy of our aura.
A massage with iYURA Himaruti Oil and the Kansa Foot Wand is a super enjoyable way to relax and stimulate the ‘marma’ or ‘vital’ points in one go!