I researched that reflexology/accupressure insoles are brilliant for stimulating better health. At shiatsuexpert.com website it explains: The shiatsu acupressure insoles are known for offering multiple health benefits – stimulating nerve function and boosting the energy level. It helps in increasing the blood flow in your body and eliminates the number of toxins.
At www.bio-sources.com it said:
Reflexology not only stimulates our blood circulation but also our lymphatic system, and therefore our entire immune system; it helps to balance the whole nervous system as well, and stimulates the production of our “happy mood hormones”, the endorphins, to boost our energy levels while relaxing and calming us at the same time.
I spotted an ad for these insoles, from www.mindinsole.com. They said it would help me to lose weight and remove aches and pains too. I sent off for these insoles to see what they were like, try them out. Cost: $38,99 USD. Their website says exactly this:
ENERGIZE YOUR BODY AND CLEAR YOUR MIND
Using magnets and acupressure to target specific energy zones, Mindinsole insoles will increase blood flow and oxygen, boosting health benefits throughout your body.
Mindinsole insoles will help relieve muscle soreness and stress on your feet. Wear them during everyday activity in any shoe. The insoles are one size fits all and can be trimmed to fit any style of shoe including work boots, running shoes, sandals, and heels. They are made with lightweight, breathable material that will keep your feet dry and clean throughout the day.
Upon receiving the parcel post, I opened the box and cut them down to my shoe size. It was recommended to only wear them 15 minutes per day and gradually build up the time so you are wearing them longer and longer, yet going at your own pace.
My first feeling was they felt like standing on a bed of nails. Each little nodule gets right at you like hundreds of stones in your shoe. My problem is that being in New Zealand, its too hot to wear socks. So I was barefoot and my feet in sandals.
For me, every footstep was agony. Limping along. I found the summer heat and standing without socks made it a bit harder to get used to.
By the second day I could tolerate the 15 mins, and after that, I noticed some aches and pains throughout my body had receded. A slight hitch the next day after that. I had to go out for a marathon shopping expedition. Therefore knew I should not wear the insoles. I then had an unfortunate slip. I twisted and sprained my calf muscle.
10th May 2019 update:
I have been undergoing three months of rehab physio and have abandoned the use of the insoles. My physio referred me to a podiatrist, and he put new orthotic insoles into my trainers, so I did not want to try wear both orthotics and the reflexology insoles together.