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Wow! We’re Featured in CNN Travel!

We’re so excited to discover Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild, considers a visit to The Barefoot Sage a part of her perfect Eastside Portland day! We happen to agree :). Thank you, Cheryl!

Click here to read the CNN Travel article

 

Are Flip-Flops Good For Your Feet?

This story originally appeared on Redbook.

Flip-FlopsIt’s summer, and for many, warm weather means breaking out the symbol of the season – flip-flops. Experts like Dr. Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, advise that flip-flops should only be worn at the beach, pool, spa, and in shared showers. Here’s why:

1. They expose your feet to bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.

Any time your feet get particularly filthy (i.e., any time you wear your flip-flops in public), they’re likely covered in some nasty things likes Staphylococcus, a bacteria that can irritate the skin on your foot in the best case or lead to amputation in the worst-case scenarios. (It depends on whether you have open wounds, like micro wounds from exfoliation during a recent pedicure, or actual cuts, and your state of health when you pick up the bacteria.)

Athlete’s foot, an itchy fungal infection that’s highly contagious, is spread by contact with something that’s contaminated. When you wander around nearly barefoot, you’re screwed if this fungus crosses your path. And the same goes for the virus that causes warts, human papillomavirus (HPV).

2. They slow you down.

An Auburn University study found that flip-flop wearers take smaller steps than people who wear sneakers.

3. They make you extra clumsy.

Those short strides you take when you wear flip-flops? They increase your risk of tripping (or being trampled in a crowd).

4. They destroy your heels.

Because your heels hit the ground with more force when there’s nothing but a measly piece of foam separating your foot from the ground, walking in flip-flops accentuates the heel-strike impact, which could end up causing pain — especially if you stand or walk in them for extended periods of time.

5. They can cause terrible blisters.

When a thin strap is the only thing that holds your shoe on, that strap rubs up against your skin every time you take a step. This can cause irritation and blisters. When blisters pop, you’re left with an open wound that makes you more vulnerable to the pathogens you pick up anytime your foot is exposed.

6. They can permanently damage your toes.

Ever hear of hammertoe? It’s when the knuckles of your toes bend. When you wear flip-flops, your toes need to work extra hard to keep the shoe on your foot, which can cause hammertoe over time. If you want to avoid stiffness, pain, and potentially, surgery, you’ll stick with strappier sandals (ideally, a pair with a thick strap at the midfoot, and one that goes behind your ankle). Think Birkenstocks and Tevas, which — just your luck! — happen to be trendier than flip-flops.

7. They mess with your posture.

Any super-flat shoe that doesn’t bend like your foot does when you walk barefoot alters your biomechanics and affects posture.

8. They can cause shooting pains.

People with flat feet need arch support to keep their knees, hips, and back aligned. In a flat shoe, there’s none of that, so your joints have to compensate. This can cause overuse injuries all the way up the body, including Achilles tendonitis (injury to the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone), heel pain, and pinched nerves in the back.

9. They can exasperate bunions.

Because your toes have to work so hard to keep flip-flops on your feet, over-gripping can aggravate people with unsightly and painful bunions, a bump at the big toe joint. Not good.

10. They could be made of toxic materials.

Plastic straps may be made of latex, which many people are allergic to, or plastic that contains BPA, a toxin linked to various cancers. Do you really want your toes to get all up in that? Opt for sandals with fabric or leather straps. Natural materials tend to be the safer and better option.

Are you sure you want to wear those flip-flops today?

View the original article here www.kgw.com.

Elizabeth Narins, Redbook 1:55 p.m. PDT May 4, 2015
 

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Introducing – Revitalize!

We are excited to announce our newest signature treatment: Revitalize!

A healthy immune system is key to staying well all year round, especially as the seasons change. Using the most effective techniques available to activate, support and improve the function of the immune system, Revitalize will leave you feeling both relaxed and invigorated while boosting the efficiency of the immune system to cleanse, restore and protect you.

In the immune system, lymphatic fluid (lymph) circulates throughout the body to remove toxins, pathogens and other foreign matter. However, there is no physical “pump” for lymph, the way the heart circulates our blood, so we must create this pump on our own. Gentle movements, such as walking, swimming, and yoga act as the pump, as do several massage and bodywork techniques that are incorporated into this treatment. Using hydrotherapy (both hot and cold water treatments), dry brushing, aromatherapy and massage, Revitalize will activate the lymphatic flow from your feet and lower leg, ultimately affecting the entire system.

Hydrotherapy stimulates the immune system by opening and closing surrounding blood vessels and improving circulation of all fluids, including lymph. It essentially acts as a pump to your tissues to flush out, clear and restore the area, while also increasing the flow of lymph throughout the body.

Dry brushing improves the flow of lymphatic fluid through vessels and nodes. By gently brushing the skin in an upward motion, towards the heart, with the soft bristles of a dry brush, we stimulate and encourage the movement of lymphatic fluid along its channels.

Aromatherapy is employed for many reasons. Our unique immune support blend includes rosemary, frankincense, grapefruit and ginger essential oils. This blend will support a decrease in inflammation, stimulate both circulation and immune response, brighten the mood, decrease the effects stress has in the body, and provide powerful, all-natural antibacterial and antiviral properties.

Massage is incredibly effective in reducing tension in muscles, which allows the movement of fresh blood and lymphatic fluids to move through them. This movement will help the body to more efficiently detoxify and cleanse, therefore improving overall health and the function of the immune system to keep us well. The motion and pressure of the massage also encourages the movement of lymph up through the rest of the body. Our feet and toes in particular often hold significant tension and may have less circulation of fluids than other parts of the body. Every session at The Barefoot Sage improves overall immune function and decreases tension but Revitalize offers extraordinary benefits by employing so many effective techniques!

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aromatherapy

The Nose Knows!

Of all five senses, which one do you think connects directly to the emotional center of the brain?

Our sense of smell has the unique ability to impact a variety of functions, from heart rate and blood pressure, to stress and memory. By traveling through the nasal cavity to the brain, inhalation provides a quick and direct route to the limbic system, the part of the brain that controls physical and emotional responses. Specific essential oils can therefore stimulate or calm, and are valuable, natural tools for improving health. Studies focused on the essential oils found in fragrances like Patchouli and Cedarwood revealed substantial increases in oxygen levels in the brain – to the tune of 28%! This not only may increase activity in the limbic and hypothalamus areas, but those increases may result in a better attitude, stronger immune system, even improved learning ability and greater energy!

Essential oils and their molecular properties remain a relatively unexplored area of medicine, but research shows it’s certainly worth further study.

At Barefoot Sage, we incorporate essential oils into our therapeutic treatments. Come in and enjoy one of our wonderful treatments. It’s not just about giving your legs and feet the therapy they need, it’s a healing experience that’s good for your brain and your whole body.

Read HealthyCures informative articles about essential oils and the brain here.

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According to this article they are the “Best Holiday Gift Ever”, and we tend to agree. But read for yourself and see!

A massage gift certificate tucked into a holiday card may seem unassuming, but the effects of this present will be powerful.

 

People turn to massage for stress relief, pain alleviation and relaxation, and massage is appropriate for just about anyone—from healthy adults to seniors and pregnant women to athletes. Massage therapy is also safe and beneficial for people living with conditions including cancer, fibromyalgia and arthritis.

To learn more, read the entire article: 4 Reasons Why Massage is the Best Holiday Gift Ever

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In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month we wanted to share this interesting information from an article we came across on the Cancer Network.

 

“Massage therapy is increasingly integrated in cancer programs and centers in the United States and elsewhere as an effective, non-pharmacologic means of symptom control. Preferably performed by licensed massage therapists who are also trained in working with cancer patients, massage provides safe and effective relief of many cancer symptoms. For cancer patients, foot massage… or light-touch body massage typically is most appropriate. Massage relieves and loosens sore muscles. Therapeutic massage also increases circulation, stimulates venous and lymphatic drainage, improves muscle tissue metabolism and elasticity,and enhances relaxation through increased parasympathetic and reduced sympathetic nervous system activity. [1]

Massage is generally safe and is increasingly used to provide relief from physical and emotional symptoms of cancer and other illnesses. Patients suffering from cancer or any other major illness should consult a licensed massage therapist for treatment. Cancer patients should seek massage therapy from a practitioner with training in the care of patients with malignant disease.”

http://www.cancernetwork.com

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Did you know that massage addresses tension in your muscles, stimulates blood flow, relaxes your mind and can help you to release some of your daily stresses?

 

When we release stress from our bodies we can lessen or eliminate pain and potentially better manage many other health issues we may be encountering.

 

At The Barefoot Sage, we take your foot massage to the next level by creating a calm and relaxing atmosphere. We’ve created a space where your mind and body can both be calm and come together to alleviate all the daily stresses we encounter.

 

 

 

NEW “Harvest” Foot Treatment

It’s hard to believe that Autumn is finally upon us… after many months of scorching heat and dry weather, there’s now a damp chill in the morning and evening air.

Harvest Barefoot SageLeaves are turning gorgeous shades of brown, orange and gold before they fall to the ground and reveal bare branches. Fall, the wonderful season of transition, is Mother Nature’s “last hurrah” before retiring into Winter’s slumber. Our ancestors around the world have celebrated and honored Earth and her cycles in many magical ways. This season of abundance is a perfect time for us to give thanks to Mother Earth for her crops and other offerings, while reflecting on the results of all the hard work we have put into Spring and Summer!

You may find that throughout the summer months you have been on your feet all day, each and every day! Autumn is the time for us to slow our pace down, rest and reflect inwards on our life’s journey. This is a great time to let go and release things that have been a burden in our lives, to look deep within ourselves, and concentrate on spiritual work for our personal growth.

At the Barefoot Sage, we’ve been busy handcrafting a new milky foot soak treatment “Harvest” – inspired by the Harvest Moon and bountiful goods of the season. A delightful blend of nourishing ‘goodies’ from Mother Earth, that will help detoxify and moisturize your feet, restoring them to health for the long winter months ahead. The skin is our body’s largest organ, and your feet will thank you as they soak up the benefits of the “Harvest” treatment.

Sit back and relax your feet into a warm milk bath, our custom-blend of aromatic essential oils nurture your feet, body and soul!

Lemon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree & Peppermint work in harmony to cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate. The pampering also includes a therapeutic 30 minute foot and leg massage, and ends with a delightfully warm paraffin wax dip to seal in moisture and leave your feet silky soft.

Each foot bath is lovingly prepared and infused with: Goat’s Milk Powder – a natural, vitamin-rich exfoliant that hydrates while sloughing off old skin cells; Cocoa Butter to help soften and moisturize; Pink Sea Salt – one of the purest salts on Earth – harvested from ancient sea salt deposits in the Himalayan Mountains. Laden with trace minerals that help lend it a beautiful pink color, this salt helps detoxify and boost circulation. And, bright and beautiful Calendula Flowers, with their orange Fall-like beauty, are naturally antibacterial and help reduce inflammation.

We wish you all the abundance of the season, and look forward to welcoming you to The Barefoot Sage, and sharing our “Harvest” with you.

 

All this in our Harvest Treatment for ONLY $70

Offer has been extended through November! Now Expires 11/30/15

 
We Want To Thank You
for patiently supporting us, encouraging us, and waiting for us to re-open.

 

We Are Open!

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Enjoy 10% Off Any Spa Package
September 8 – 20, 2015

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We are at the spa, taking calls and reservations.

Call to Book Your Appointment

 This offer expires 9/20/15.
Offer is not valid for groups or parties of 6 or more. Offer is not valid with gift certificates.

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Welcome BACK to The Barefoot Sage

You’ve finally found a place where you can literally put your feet up and relax. Located in the heart of the Hawthorne District of Southeast Portland, The Barefoot Sage provides unique and holistic spa therapy treatments for your feet. Our licensed massage therapists are uniquely skilled to work relaxation into the fibers of your soles, and our spa and aromatherapy services put your heart at rest.
We are reopening on the 8th and cannot wait to see you and your feet there!
 
This story originally appeared on Redbook.

 

Flip-FlopsAs the weather warms up, it’s hard to resist the urge to break out the truest sign of summer: flip-flops. But most experts are horrified by the idea. Here’s why you should reserve your flip-flops for the beach, pool, spa, and shared showers — and keep your feet out of them, otherwise, according to Dr. Jackie Sutera, DPM, a podiatrist and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association.

 

1. They expose your feet to bacteria, viral, and fungal infections.

Any time your feet get particularly filthy (i.e., any time you wear your flip-flops in public), they’re likely covered in some nasty things likes Staphylococcus, a bacteria that can irritate the skin on your foot in the best case or lead to amputation in the worst-case scenarios. (It depends on whether you have open wounds, like micro wounds from exfoliation during a recent pedicure, or actual cuts, and your state of health when you pick up the bacteria.)

Athlete’s foot, an itchy fungal infection that’s highly contagious, is spread by contact with something that’s contaminated. When you wander around nearly barefoot, you’re screwed if this fungus crosses your path. And the same goes for the virus that causes warts, human papillomavirus (HPV).

Teen blames flip-flops for crash into store

2. They slow you down.

An Auburn University study found that flip-flop wearers take smaller steps than people who wear sneakers.

3. They make you extra clumsy.

Those short strides you take when you wear flip-flops? They increase your risk of tripping (or being trampled in a crowd).

4. They destroy your heels.

Because your heels hit the ground with more force when there’s nothing but a measly piece of foam separating your foot from the ground, walking in flip-flops accentuates the heel-strike impact, which could end up causing pain — especially if you stand or walk in them for extended periods of time.

5. They can cause terrible blisters.

When a thin strap is the only thing that holds your shoe on, that strap rubs up against your skin every time you take a step. This can cause irritation and blisters. When blisters pop, you’re left with an open wound that makes you more vulnerable to the pathogens you pick up anytime your foot is exposed.

6. They can permanently damage your toes.

Ever hear of hammertoe? It’s when the knuckles of your toes bend. When you wear flip-flops, your toes need to work extra hard to keep the shoe on your foot, which can cause hammertoe over time. If you want to avoid stiffness, pain, and potentially, surgery, you’ll stick with strappier sandals (ideally, a pair with a thick strap at the midfoot, and one that goes behind your ankle). Think Birkenstocks and Tevas, which — just your luck! — happen to be trendier than flip-flops.

7. They mess with your posture.

Any super-flat shoe that doesn’t bend like your foot does when you walk barefoot alters your biomechanics and affects posture.

8. They can cause shooting pains.

People with flat feet need arch support to keep their knees, hips, and back aligned. In a flat shoe, there’s none of that, so your joints have to compensate. This can cause overuse injuries all the way up the body, including Achilles tendonitis (injury to the tendon that connects the calf muscle to the heel bone), heel pain, and pinched nerves in the back.

9. They can exasperate bunions.

Because your toes have to work so hard to keep flip-flops on your feet, over-gripping can aggravate people with unsightly and painful bunions, a bump at the big toe joint. Not good.

10. They could be made of toxic materials.

Plastic straps may be made of latex, which many people are allergic to, or plastic that contains BPA, a toxin linked to various cancers. Do you really want your toes to get all up in that? Opt for sandals with fabric or leather straps, because natural materials tend to be safer.

 

Still feel like a flip-flop day?

 

View the original article here www.kgw.com.

Elizabeth Narins, Redbook 1:55 p.m. PDT May 4, 2015
 

7 Habits That Wreck Your Feet

As seen in the Huffington Post

Next Avenue | By Linda Melone

If you wore a pedometer from the day you started walking, you’d have logged in more then 70,000 miles by the time you hit age 50. When you walk a good portion of those miles in improperly-fitting shoes or otherwise neglect your feet, it’s little wonder why they hurt.

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