A bit of love for tired tango feet! Reflexology is extremely relaxing and soothes pain that may come from dancing too much.

So, reflexology is based on the theory that different points on the feet correspond with different areas of the body: the big toe represents the head and the lateral sides of the feet reflect the shoulders, knees, and hips. The inside curves of the feet follow the curves of the spine. This HAS to be interesting for tango dancers. Because Pablo tends to have back pain, we’ve been looking into reflexology and it worked wonders.

So how can reflexology help tango dancers? Massaging specific points in our feet are great for relaxing after a milonga and preparing for the next…

1. Relax the spine: see on the reflexology map how the inside edge of both feet, from the bottom of the big toe to the bottom of the heel, represents the spine? You can relax your spine by thumb walking* up and down this part of your feet

2. Release tension from the shoulders: thumb walk* the neck and shoulder areas (again, look at the charts): upwards, downwards, diagonally once or twice – very gently

3. Relax the head and neck: gently rotate the joints of all of your toes, in one direction, then the other direction – then change feet (this is heaven)

Foot-chart-reflexology tango

*thumb-walking? thumb bent at the first joint to take tiny steps, with the outer edge of the thumb in contact with the feet

More tips here: http://www.how-to-do-reflexology.com/

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