A frequent comment made to people complaining of sore feet is that when your feet ache your whole body hurts. When we stand erect or walk, our feet support the weight of our bodies so they take quite a bit of stress and wear and tear. According to the theory of foot reflexology, certain points on the feet correspond to particular glands, organs, or parts of the body. Because of the rich supply of nerve endings in the extremities, any pressure or stimulation to these areas can have far-reaching effects, even though various theories exist as to just how this change is effected. Working these areas on one’s feet may unblock restricted energy flow, release endorphins, improve blood supply, and promote neurological stimulation to the affected area. One massage teacher suggests to his students that if they do not have enough time to give someone a full-body massage, just massage the feet instead. The recipient will often feel as if he/she had had a full-body massage, thus giving some credence to the physical correspondences present in the feet.
Application of the Formula
While a number of massage oil combinations exist in the Cayce readings, one particular formula for feet stands out (pun intended!). It is available on the market today from Baar Products (the official worldwide supplier of Cayce health care products) and is called Sweetfeet™. Although amounts of the ingredients vary slightly in several readings, one formula was given as follows:
“Russian White Oil [mineral oil], add: Witch hazel, Rub alcohol (not wood, but rub alcohol compound), Oil of Sassafras. Shake this together. Only use a small portion of same at the time. Begin with the hips and rub down. This would be good for anyone that stands on the feet much, or whose feet pain, or ankle or knees or tendons.” (Cayce)
Because the contents tend to separate, the suggestion is given to shake the bottle before applying the oil. A small amount of the compound, after shaking it, can be poured into an open container, then the fingers dipped in, and the oil applied onto the lower limbs. The above reading, along with several others, recommends massaging down the limbs. In The Edgar Cayce Handbook for Health Through Drugless Therapy, author Dr. Harold Reilly inserts this instruction:
“[with upward pressure of the hands]”; in other words, while massaging in the direction from hips to feet be sure that the greater pressure is upward, toward the heart. This upward pressure assists the venous blood flow back to that organ. The correct amount of oil to use would be just what the body absorbs.
Uses of the Formula
The thirty-six-year-old man [Cayce] who had received this fifth reading had been ill for some time but had obtained “wonderful results from the physical readings.” Nearly two weeks before his reading “while at work a shop truck ran over my little toe of my left foot. The toe became blue, but not having any pain I paid no attention to it.” … Yet he developed an unbearable headache along with a high fever. He carried out all the suggestions in his reading and, despite some earlier stiffness in his left leg, “I regained my strength and felt like a new person.” His headaches also disappeared, and six months later had not returned.
Another gentleman, forty-eight-year-old [Cayce], complained of tiredness in his feet and soreness and lameness in the ball of his left foot. After receiving his third and final reading, he felt that “the information in the reading revealed the source of the trouble … Of course I have known and realized like most men that my diet was not always proper in type and quantity.” … An acid condition in his body plus poor diet, lack of exercise, and worry resulted in a glandular imbalance, all of which contributed to his debilitating condition and his foot fatigue. Suggestions included massage on the lower limbs and feet, water therapy treatments, specific exercises, and a particular diet. “I intend to follow the suggestions about food and exercise,” he wrote.
These two individuals were both given the foot formula for their complaints of generally tired and aching feet. My sister and I use this remedy on our European travels, where we do a lot of walking. We noticed that at the end of the day, with feet tired and aching, when we applied the remedy, on the next day our feet were less sore. We could continue our lengthy walks almost pain-free. On those evenings when we forgot to use it, our feet were more sore the following day.
Just a reminder: This remedy is for local conditions, whereas a more comprehensive treatment may be needed for relief, such as working with increasing circulation, taking steps to enhance eliminations, and achieving a better glandular balance. The results, nevertheless, will provide the essence of “sweet feet“!
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Elaine Hruska is a therapist at the A.R.E. Houston Spa and former teacher at the Cayce/Reilly* School of Massotherapy. This article is reprinted with permission by Venture Inward Newsletter, Virginia Beach, VA.