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English: Reflexology on feet

English: Reflexology on feet (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Consider the foot, in and of itself a miracle of creation. It can support an amazing amount of weight. You can jump up and down on it, stomp with it, and hop backward or forward. If you’re fortunate enough to have a pair (hence forth referred to as feet, not foots) of them then you can do twice as much.

You can walk, run, skip, dance, balance with one as you kick something or someone. Feet will give you something to do when you are bored such as clip the nails that grow from each toe. This is also a good way to upset your wife as your toenails fly all over the bedroom floor.

The foot massage was developed in China around 4000 years ago. Ironically, the first mechanical foot massager was not patented in the United States until 1987. If you think long and hard about this and you happen to be a very, very, very old rock then that particular time span would be the epitome of rapid technological growth.

Another interesting foot facet (foot facet, foot facet.  Have you noticed how easily that rolls off the tongue? Let’s say it one more time together…foot facet), reflexology, stimulates points on the feet that, according to reflexologists, correspond to different parts of the body. Stimulating these points is said to relieve pain and help increase blood flow.

Multiple large and small muscles in the ankles and feet work to keep us balanced. Such is the case when it comes to writing. The author must find balance and continuity throughout his work. Even in such cases where the story takes erratic twists and turns the whole must work to a finish that is in complete harmony with the beginning and all other components of the book.

So the next time you find yourself writing, stand for a moment and appreciate the complex system of muscles, nerves and bone that allow you to balance easily and try to apply this same sense of balance to your work.

On a final note, please clean up your toenail clippings, cause you know what they say, “If Momma ain’t happy…”  I think you know the rest.

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