For those of you who know me well, you know I've had my share of foot surgeries.

I've been blessed with hammer toes and other foot issues, so even after the surgeries, I've been taking care of my feet big time. I often tell people that I've somewhat rediscovered my feet and feel them like I never did before. Having everything aligned from the bottom up helps my posture, movement and overall health.

What has worked for me is a combination of things. First off, I really pay attention to how I stand, making sure my weight is distributed properly. I also use Yoga Toes about 20 minutes a day (see below), in addition to working with rolling a Lacrosse ball under my foot to help break up muscle tissue at the bottom of my feet. 

I do it when I'm brushing my teeth and other things (I'm a multitasker!), and sometimes it's painful, but feels great when I'm done.  

For any of you standing on your feet all day, I highly recommend it.


While some of you might not have an issue with your feet or toes, so many of my clients often complain about their back, neck and shoulders. Whether it's from sitting at a computer all day, too many airplanes or slouching on the couch, there are items you can buy to help alleviate the pain.


For back and shoulders, massages help, in addition to lying on your back with your arms spread out and palms up. It might sound strange, but once you do it, you'll know how good it feels. In addition, there are braces and contraptions you can wear to help bring your shoulders back to proper form.   


I couldn't find a picture of the one I've used at times,, but here's something similar below. I suggest trying a store like Relax the Back and have them make suggestions of what might work in your price range. 


Finally, whose neck doesn't get tired from either sitting or standing all day? 

I haven't tried this one, but I have some friends that swear by it and my massage therapist recommends it to her clients. 

As you'll see in the photo, you lie back and put this under your head. It totally takes the pressure off your neck, which is extremely relaxing. Try it before you go to bed for a great night's sleep.


Till next time.  BJ

Barbra Jo Batterman