One can expect for sure that tapping the sole of the foot will bring down blood pressure. There is a “high blood pressure zone” in the arched part of the sole. Tapping this zone improves the flow of blood in the relatively large blood vessel which passes through the inner part of the arch, and stimulates blood circulation in the entire foot. This draws blood towards the foot and lowers the blood pressure. Densely concentrated in the sole, moreover, are many zones and tsubo (nerve points) connected to various inner organs. These too are stimulated when the entire area of the sole is tapped. Thus the rewards of sole-tapping could include such unexpected ones as relief for headaches, stiff shoulders, and general body tuning.
Sole tapping is easy to perform. Use a mallet or anything similar to it or even your clench fist and tap the whole area of the sole of your bare foot, with emphasis on the arched part. Tap gently at first, using just enough strength to give you a pleasant sensation. Beginners should tap each sole 100 times which takes only two minutes or less per sole. Gradually increase the number of taps to 200 per sole. Do the tapping exercise three times a day — morning, noon and night. Even once a day just before going to bed will bring results in the long run if continued every night.
Exercise in Bath for Lowering Blood Pressure
The Japanese are famous bath lovers—and very hot baths at that. Their purpose of bathing is not just to wash the body.
Deep Breathing in the Bath for 5 minutes a Day
Deep-breathing, toe-twisting and ankle rotation in a warm (not hot) bath is helpful in dealing with high blood pressure, various pains, ear buzzing, eyestrain, etc.
For this bathtub exercise, the temperature of the water should be 39-40 degrees Centigrade — warm but not hot. Sit in the tub so that the water level is below the pit of the stomach or the lowest rib. For five minutes, conduct slow abdominal breathing. Draw in air very slowly through the nose while pushing out the stomach forcefully. Hold your breath for a split second and then exhale slowly while pulling in the stomach strongly. Deep-breathing in the bath stimulates the autonomic nervous system which controls internal organs, induces psychological composure and stimulates blood circulation.
Deep-breathing followed by five minutes of “exercise” of the toes and ankles while breathing normally and still seated in the warm bathtub is a nice add-on.
First, grab the toes of both feet one by one and twist each toe clockwise and counter clockwise several times. It will be very awkward and difficult to do at first but after a few sessions, you should be able to manage it smoothly.
Ankle rotation is next
Bend your right leg and place the foot on the left thigh. With the left hand grasp the right ankle with four fingers and extend the thumb at almost right angles to the four fingers to press against the tsubo nerve spot which is known as San-inko. This is located about four finger widths from the ankle bone on the inner side of the leg just off the bone. Explore, by pressing with your finger tip. When you hit an especially sensitive spot, that is the tsubo. While applying pressure on this spot with the thumb, rotate the ankle 20 times clockwise 20 times counter clockwise. Repeat with the other foot. This, too, will require a few sessions to master.