Foot bath – find a tub!


Have I suggested regular foot baths for you yet?

Foot bath is easy, inexpensive, feels wonderful, simply awesome. It’s good for you, it’s good for me, good for pretty much everyone. (As always, please consult your doctor if you have any preexisting conditions. I am going to assume in this entry that you are in good enough health to try.)

DP122212-detailThe only thing you need is a bucket or a tub, large enough to comfortably hold both your feet. It should be deep enough to allow water to come up to about 2 inches above your ankle as well.

Which means, the tub we see in this Japanese woodblock print from early 19th century is just a little too shallow. That’s OK, since this guy is probably mostly washing his feet after a long day of walking. The picture is depicting a humorous scene in front of an inn. Two girls in the middle are literally pulling in more customers. Since it’s the 18th century, you see, the idea of making reservations doesn’t exist yet. Our guy on the right just checked in and has removed his footwear. Tub water might be warm, since it looks like the weather is a little cool. He’ll let out a sigh when his feet goes into the water.

We, too, are going to be soaking our feet. It’s going to be mostly for relaxation and health. To maximize the benefits, we need to get properly sized tubs to get the awesome acupoints of the feet warmed up.

Find a tub!

0251249_PE389842_S2.JPGThis flexible tub from IKEA seems just about right. 22 7/8 x 15 x 11, it says. Love the $4.99 price point.

(I’m not getting anything from the store when I put in links, these are just examples to show you what I am talking about.)

medium_yellow_compactOr maybe this bucket from Tugtrugs. Medium seems to be the right size at 15.5″ diameter and 12″ height. They’ve got all sorts of cheerful colors. I have a blue one in Small. It’s usable, but a bit too small. Medium recommended.


Other aspects of foot soaking, like how long to soak, how warm the water should be, do we put anything in the water, etc… I’ll get to those things in time. For now, just do it. Because warm water is great.

I will review the acupoints of the feet in my next entry.


Notes & Reference



グウィネスがサンドレスから出ている背中に○印を付けていたころはまだ珍しかったカッピングですが、オリンピック選手が使っていてBBCやNY Timesも取り上げたということでとうとう一般化するかも。なにしろすんごく良く効きます。使い方を覚えれば自分でもできます。一家に1セット必須と思っています。もっともっと普及していい道具です。


Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?(オリンピック選手の身体に赤い丸印がついてるのはなぜ?)

What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment(マイケル・フェルプスの紫の斑点は何? カッピング、オリンピックの大舞台に)

Yey for Cupping!

Endorcement for cupping therapy from some Olympians, reported by the BBC and the NY Times. Nice! It’s good to see a great thing being recognized as such. I loooove cupping. Been using it for myself for ever.

Would you like to try it? Come in for a session!

Why are so many Olympians covered in large red circles?

What Are the Purple Dots on Michael Phelps? Cupping Has an Olympic Moment






Water – cold or hot?


I have a glass of water to drink after each session for all of my clients.On warm days, it is a glass of cold water. On chilly days it is a warm mug.

Because hydration is awesome. It’s always a good idea. Common sense for me, more than anything else. It tastes good. Do we need more reason than that?

Reasons to drink water, from around the web.

China’s go-to beverage? Hot water. Really.

Ask Well: Massage and Toxins

6 Reasons to Drink Water