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This past Wednesday night I ignored the drizzling rain and the crowded subway as I made my way over to Union Square. Joining an eclectic group of New Yorkers, we huddled around the stage like groupies awaiting a rock concert. But this wasn’t a chance to see The Rolling Stones or The Grateful Dead—this was the alter ego of Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw. Writer and producer Candace Bushnell glided up the stairs in her sparkly blue Miu Miu Platform Sandals—the same ones she wore to The Sex and the City 2 movie premiere. We were all mesmerized by her and those heels.

Bushnell talked as if we were old friends catching up. She was delightful, sexy, snarky and funny. After reading from her latest novel, Summer in the City, Bushnell started the Q&A portion of the night, which proved to be the most entertaining. She answered the probing questions candidly and humorously, and really, what more could fans want.

Eventually someone complimented her shoes and asked about the designer. She danced out from behind the podium, extending her slender leg so everyone could catch a better glimpse. Bushnell promised they were extremely comfortable and even claimed she could run in them if necessary, the kind of heel, she acknowledges every woman should own.

I wondered about that. I love the look of heels, but I struggle in a two-incher. It’s just not that often I find myself dressing up enough to fight the awkwardness of heels or the pain that follows. According to a recent review by Intelihealth and Harvard Medical School, “On average, women squeeze into shoes that are two and a half sizes too small for their feet.” Although it’s difficult to find flashy shoes that truly fit, it can be the deal breaker between comfort and excruciating pain.

Providence Foot Care recommends time limits on wearing heels. And in a recent interview, Bushnell started with a photo shoot, wearing incredibly high heels, her signature wear, but then slipped into a pair of “suede trainers.”  Ah, moderation. Even the most glamorous know when to say no to heels and yes to comfort.

So there seems to be a method to the madness. If you do wear heels to an event, always carry a pair of comfy shoes in your bag—just in case. When buying heels, select shoes that fit properly. Wear the shoes around the house to break them in and familiarize yourself with the feel and stride.  And most important, limit the amount of time you spend dancing the night away in your heels.  

You can find Tips for Wearing High Heels from The American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society.

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Guest Blogger of The Month: Alacia Jordan

If your feet could talk, what would they say? I’m sure if they could, our feet would give us all an earful. A good part of the day we are either standing, running, walking, rocking, pressing or shoving them into  some uncomfortable shoes that offer little to no air flow or circulation. This leads to tight and tired feet that constantly hurt.

The good news? Our feet do have a way of communicating with us—and they send their message loud and clear. I’ve been a massage therapist now for 5 years and my secret weapon to helping my clients understand how to listen to their feet is through reflexology.

So what is reflexology? Reflexology is an ancient technique of applying pressure to reflex points on the feet or hands. This ancient healing art has been traced back to ancient China. Applying pressure to these points encourages the removal of waste from the body and the restoration of balance; reflexology can simply be used to improve overall well-being.

The daily wear and tear on our feet blocks these pressure points, causing many more issues than just sore and tired feet. I have found through my practice that I’m able to help with circulation, digestion, respiratory problems, and stress simply by applying pressure onto these reflex points and releasing the toxins that they are holding. As it helps the body to naturally maintain its balance, this therapy is thought to help prevent possible problems from emerging. 

During my reflexology sessions, I first apply hot towels to my client’s feet to help relax the tender points in the feet. Then I slowly stretch out the feet by flexing the feet back and forth. This action returns blood flow to the ankles and in the toes. Once I’m sure that the foot has enough flexibility I apply a small amount of oil and apply to both feet.

During this part of the session I will use light to medium press on the reflex points to remove any toxins I find in them. Usually a session lasts from approximately 30 minutes up to an hour depending on how blocked certain points are.  I truly believe that reflexology is a wonderful way to actually finding out what our feet are saying. It aims to bring about greater unity of mind, body and spirit, as well as being an excellent form of relaxation.

Alacia Jordan graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 2006. She became a Certified LMT in 2007. Modalities include: Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue, Hot Stone, Reflexology, Lymphatic Drainage, Sports Massage.

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