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Reflexology is an old technique that aims to increase blood flow to certain parts of the body to relieve pressure and pain. These points, often found on your feet and hands, are connected directly to the body’s glands and organs. Every person’s experience with reflexology is a little bit different.

With reflexology, you may experience cold or hot sensations, the need to breathe deeply, sweating of the hands and feet, tiredness, relaxed muscles, and feeling freed of stress and tension.

You can go to a reflexology therapist to have work done, but you can also do it at home with a partner or yourself.

What better treat this Valentine’s Day than a reflexology foot massage from the one you love? But don’t waste the effect – make sure you wear your Slappa’s to maintain that comfy relaxed feeling. Your feet will love you for it!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We’re halfway through November, and that means December is fast approaching so I’ve got one thing on my mind – gifts!

Gift shopping is a fun activity for me.  I know it can be troublesome and stressful but it’s  a great way to focus on those who mean the world to us.

Every year I like to get my family gifts I think they’ll love because I love them.

Ghosts of Giftmas Past

These days it can seem like the only point to the holidays is gifts, which of course is completely untrue.

Gifts are just a small part of Christmas, but they’re a great way to embrace the spirit of the holiday and show appreciation for those around us.

One of the most memorable gifts I ever received is Frankie. He’s my extra-adorable dachshund and was actually a gift for the whole family. We love him to bits and he’s very much part of Team Slappa’s.

Hot Tips for gift buying

Over the years I’ve perfected my knack for gift shopping, working out the best ways to buy great gifts for everyone without going over budget. This skill has served me well considering every year we celebrate with friends and family, doing a bit of a blind Kris Kringle.

So, if you dread gift shopping I have some tips on how to be a great gift buyer:

  1. Know your audience – if it’s for close family or friends think about what they like. If it’s for a work Kris Kringle and you don’t know the person well try asking other co-workers about what they’re getting. If you really can’t come up with any ideas go for something practical; headphones, diary planners, coffee mugs, or in a pinch chocolates.
  2. Set yourself a budget – for each person you’re buying for, set yourself a specific budget. It doesn’t have to be the same amount for each person, but it will help restrict your spending and keep you focused.
  3. Start a present box – this is one of my favourites because it can be used for any occasion. Not just at Christmas time. The basic principle is to keep a big box that’s filled with possible gifts. Gifts can be small knick-knacks or fantastic items. You don’t have to splurge on filling the box either. The idea is to just fill it slowly over time. If there’s a great deal on buying multiples of an item you’re already getting then take advantage of that and place the extra into the box.
  4. Remember “it’s the thought that counts” – At the end of the day it doesn’t matter if you got someone the perfect gift, what matters is you were thinking of them.

Thongs On!

Denise

PS – Remember, a pair of Slappa’s also makes a great gift for anyone 😉

Post Exercise Recovery Tips

What you do before and after any form of exercise seriously impacts the speed and quality of your recovery. While training may seem like the most important aspect, aches or pains caused by incorrect recovery can be just as crippling as any injury caused during exercise. Here are some easy tips to ensure you recover correctly.

Foam rolling

Self-stretching or myofascial release, also known as “foam rolling”, is a form of self-massage used to release muscle tightness or target trigger points which can be performed using a foam roller. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function.

Compression

Compression garments are designed to increase blood flow to areas of your body and can improve performance as well as shortening recovery time. Studies have shown that wearing compression garments post exercise reduces pooling in extremities and can increase the oxygen uptake in muscles and reduce blood lactate levels.

Correct Footwear

Following any form of exercise that places pressure on your feet, supportive footwear is crucial. The muscles, plantar fascia and ligaments that make up the arch of your foot work hard during running or any weight bearing exercise. During the hours after exercise these tissues may be fatigued and will benefit from extra support and cushioning. To avoid overloading of these structures, correct support can assist your feet to relax and recover. If you can’t wait to kick your runners off, consider an orthotic designed sandal or Thongs for comfort combined with therapeutic support.

For more information, contact your health care professional.

These great recovery tips have been provided by our guest blogger Jessica and the team at Lara Physiotherapy Health Network.

For any free advice you can follow them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/laraphysiotherapyhealthnetwork/?rf=197853906916070

or check out their website http://laraphysiotherapy.com/

Slappa’s Thongs are available from Lara Physiotherapy Health Network or you can buy online https://www.slappasthongs.com.au/buy-slappas

 

What’s the best treatment for heel pain?

There are several treatment options for heel pain. Research shows that the best approach is to combine several therapies for best result. These include stretching, massage, ice therapy, strengthening exercises and custom orthotics.

Do orthotics work for foot pain?

Yes. Orthotics work by placing your foot in its most optimal functional position. This allows all the structures to function, as they should; avoiding muscle imbalance and reducing pain.

What conditions cause ball of foot pain?

There are many conditions that cause ball of foot pain including metatarsalgia, Morton’s neuroma, capsulitis, arthritis, clawed toes, bunions and plantar plate tears. Contact your local podiatrist for more information.

How can lower back pain cause foot problems?

There are several ways that lower back pain can impact the foot. Nerve root issues in the lower back such as bulging discs or compressed nerves can radiate along the sciatic nerve and into the foot. Differences in hip levels can contribute to foot pain through jarring in the joints or increased pressures when the foot lands.

What is the difference between a heel spur and plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is damage to the thin band of tissue that connects the heel of the foot to the ball of the foot. It can develop as a result of repeat stress, injury or overuse of the foot.

A heel spur is a calcium deposit or growth on the heel bone that develops where the muscles in the foot connect to bone. These can often be asymptomatic but may become irritated due to extended periods of strain on the foot.

Why are my toes numb?

Numb toes can be related to metabolic, nerve and biomechanical issues. Peripheral neuropathy often caused by diabetes causes numbness beginning at the toes and moving up. Compressed nerves can cause numbness further down the limb into specific areas of the foot. Poor foot mechanics can lead to the collapse of the forefoot arch, putting pressure on nerves in the foot.

Why is big toe movement so important in total body function and prevention of pain?

The big toe joint allows for proper activation of the arch, as well as propulsion and shock absorption. If this joint is not working effectively it can lead to painful complications such as osteoarthritis and bunions.

Why Slappa’s Thongs work from a podiatry perspective for summer

Slappa’s thongs provide a great alternative to orthotics during the summer months. They provide arch support and will protect your feet during hot summer days.

Are all podiatrists the same? How do I find the right one for me?

No, podiatrists can specialize in different areas such as biomechanics, diabetes, rheumatology and pediatrics. Ring you local podiatry association to see who will be suitable for you.

One simple exercise to strengthen the arch

Toe raises strengthen the main muscle that hold up the arch- Tibilas Posterior. By completing three sets a day your foot strength will increase and reduce the need for orthoses.

Hope this information is helpful and remember it is in your best interest to investigate pain and dysfunction and come see experts like us at Sole Therapy.

If you are not in Sydney you can talk to your local podiatry state association and they will happily guide you to a local podiatrist that may help your pain.

“For excellent free foot tips and advice like us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/SoleTherapyPtyLtd/and follow us on Instagram  @soletherapysydney or check out our website www.soletherapy.com.au. Slappa’s Thongs are available from Sole Therapy or you can buy online www.slappasthongs.com.au/buy-slappas

Thank you to Nicole Reilly, Victoria Kokotastsios and all the team at Sole Therapy for being our Guest Blogger this month and answering our customers questions.

Spring is here, and you all know what that means… it’s time to break out of your winter footwear. Yep, time to get your tootsies ready for summer!

All across Australia, the temperature is starting to rise and here is sunny Darwin that means the build-up has kicked off. Of course, summer isn’t quite here yet, which is a good thing because that gives you plenty of time to condition your feet ready to begin beach hopping, backyard barbequing and every other fun in the sun activity you can think of.

Your changing feet

But let’s get serious for a moment. Feet change a bit during the winter and they change again once summer arrives.

Coming out of the winter your feet are a lot more vulnerable. If you’re starting a new exercise routine or getting active be sure to go easy at first and then gradually increase… and don’t forget to stretch out and wear the appropriate footwear.

If you have a foot related condition already, such as plantar fasciitis, then be extra cautious to take good care of your feet.

Foot care is more than just being careful and wearing the right shoes, though that does go a long way.

To make sure your feet look extra good and feel great, this summer then check out this article which has some quick tips for summer foot care.

Remember, if you have any issues with your feet then it never hurts to go visit a podiatrist. In fact, several of our stockists are podiatrists…which just goes to show how good Slappa’s really are for your feet!

Top tip for starting summer

After those cold months all wrapped up in socks and heavy footwear feet tend to soften up, and because they’re softer at the beginning of summer that means your Slappa’s might not fit quite right.

Take a little time to remould into your Slappas. If you aren’t sure how to remould your Slappas don’t worry, just check out this video.

Remember your feet deserve the best support they can get, and moulding your Slappas gives them just that. Check out our new colour range,  and list of stockist to find one closest to you.

Thongs On,

Denise

 

Please don’t strike me down with a lightning bolt for misquoting the bible!  I’m not getting a God complex.  Promise!

I’m just a humble thong creator.  All things thongs are my passion though.  You know this because you kindly follow my blog, and/or the Slappa’s Thongs newsletters and many of you are with us on Facebook.  Thanks for being there, reading, commenting and sharing ❤

So, yes, we all know Denise is thong-mad, but maybe you don’t know why …

Many people think I got this way because Slappa’s Thongs is my business.  And that after years and years of thong immersion, I’ve become an incurably thong-manic.  I’m not denying that’s the case, though the truth, about my condition, is embedded in my sole (yes that’s spell-checked correctly).

And it’s why I started Slappa’s …

Years ago, I was selling a brand of thongs which looked good – and for those with no feet foibles – felt good enough, so long as you didn’t expect Birkenstock comfort.

By feet foibles, I mean everything from soles that needed arch support, to feet with serious issues like Plantar Fasciitis, heel pain, or just tired feet.

People started asking me for a thong that could really deliver.  Something that anyone could wear, each, and every day, with the comfort of a Birkenstock (except if you wear your Birkies in the water the cork gets waterlogged!), the support of a podiatry product and of course, it had to look great too.

Hmmm, I thought, the thongs I’m selling don’t do any of that, they’re just thongs.  And I couldn’t find any other thongs that met that wish list.

Plus, I had a motivation of my own to find a solution to what thong lovers were asking for.  I needed arch support too, but couldn’t find an affordable product that looked and felt good.  After having my children and not having good footwear, I also started suffering from sciatica.

There’s nothing that puts you in your customers’ shoes faster than sharing your customers’ pain!

So, I started designing and producing the thong of all thongs.  It’s still an Australian owned family business.  I don’t just stand by my product, I literally stand on my product! Every day.  The arch support in Slappa’s has been so good that I only really notice my sciatica when I am not wearing Slappa’s.  They keep me aligned.

Why do you need to know about Other Thongs?

What I really want you to know, is that some Other Thongs can easily be mistaken for Slappa’s Thongs.  They may look just as pretty.  Exact same colours sometimes.  But the good looks are only skin deep.

If you want an affordable, good looking pair of thongs that will last and love your feet to their soles (and back), make sure to check that they’re Slappa’s Thongs. Does it really matter? Hell yes! And here’s why it matters for you …

The material Other Thongs are made from can be too soft, so they flatten and lose their support and are more prone to shrinking.  If you’ve ever worn Other Thongs to walk across stones and felt them (the stones not the thongs!), you’ll know what I mean.  This can also lead to spreading the foot.  I’m not a fan of any part of my body spreading.

If thong material is too soft they won’t support the arch enough, allowing your foot to roll in.  Which is bad for your feet, posture and over-all body alignment and will need correcting.  Wearing a pair of Slappa’s will help 😉.

 

In my profession as a physiotherapist I am concerned about the “foundation” of my patients. In other words their feet, the arches and the surface on which they stand and walk. Slappas thongs are ideal in the tropics where many people walk bare footed on tiles in the heat. Collapsed arches are very common under these environmental conditions and many patients complain of foot pain from the hard tiles. Slappas thongs are soft yet supportive of both the medial and transverse foot arches. The outer raised edge of the Slappas thongs keeps the foot exactly where the arch support is required. I love the fact that they are made of recycled material. Slappas thongs are approximately a third of the price of other orthopedic sandals and they are perfect for the very wet weather we have in the top end of Australia. I recommend Slappas thongs to many of my patients and I wear them myself.

Alice Thorn Acupuncture & Physiotherapy 

After having your Other Thongs a while, have you ever found your feet flapping around in them? Not a good look unless you’re a penguin in Happy Feet.  That’s because the toe piece is not as strong as Slappa’s material, so it can easily stretch – and break!

Other Thong straps can be made too loose to start with, giving your feet another lack of support issue.  Like falling flat on your face maybe … ☹.

A firmer material to start with, like Slappa’s, is better for the feet, posture and your whole body alignment. Plus, your Slappa’s Thongs will last longer. Better value for money. Better quality.

I first came across your product in Darwin at the Mindil Markets. I can’t remember the actual price at the time, but I do remember thinking it was unrealistic – way too expensive! You could go to K Mart and get a set of thongs for $5.00, what were Slappa’s thinking?

As my darling and I wander around the markets, I started to reconsider. The product must be better than the original Japanese Safety Boot. It has arch support, the straps can’t pull out, it is just a matter of how well they last?

I bought a pair; I have not been more impressed with a single product for a long time. It has the extra support and it works, they are much more comfortable than a simple safety boot. The colour combination was/is good. They have lasted – (better than I would ever have believed) – I live in Alice Springs and 2 years later they are thin as, but still working. For anything to survive 2 years in Alice Springs is a statement in itself. I wear them everywhere and I mean everywhere! For anyone who is into Japanese safety boots (and even if you are not) Slappa’s are hard to beat!

Wonderful product.  –Rick | Customer (NT)

Some Other Thongs have the soles glued onto the thong, so if you get them wet the glue perishes and they fall apart. I’m shocked at some leading brand name thongs and ortho products that do this. Especially the price they charge for them. You’d have to have rocks (ooh, does that rhyme with something …?!) in your head to part with that much money for that kind of ‘quality’.

Check out what some of our Stockist say

April 1 at 11:04am ·

What an ethos and a stockist of Slappa’s Thongs. Sole Therapy Podiatrists believe that through the correct support and treatment of your feet you will transform your life and live at your greatest potential.

Home | Sole Therapy

At  SOLE THERAPY, we teach you ways to love your body from the sole up.

WHAT WE DO

We are experts in biomechanics and believe that through the correct support and treatment of your feet you will transform your life and live at your greatest potential.

What’s next at Slappa’s Thongs

Exciting new stuff! Yay!! When? What? My lips are zipped. For now.  But here’s a heads up:

If you have a favourite in the current Slappa’s range, grab an extra pair now, before they run out the door!   Check out the specials on now until 26th April.  You might be able to snare your Slappa’s size.

Have a Happy Slappa’s Easter!

Thongs On!

Denise

Did you think I had illusions of grandeur with that title?

Have those Slappa’s folk invented some way to morph the humble thong into an actual shoe?   The kind you can wear for any occasion … well yes, we have, pretty much!

That may sound ambitious, since an occasion can be anything from fine dining, race day, clubbing, a wedding, Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day …  Oh, here’s some V day love from us to you since I am writing this blog on Valentine’s Day …

We girls like to dress up to look our best on a special occasion and for most of us that means slipping off our feet-lovin’ Slappa’s and shoe-horning our tootsies into a pair of killer heals.   Killer being the operative word!   Cos not too many hours later, we’re weary of wearing them and our feet are killing us.   How many occasions have you thought of cutting short, or spent sitting the dance out, just because your feet are screaming get me out of here! As in, out of these here heals.

So, have we got a Slappa’s solution for you?

Yes!

A reminder that our ripper rainbow selection really does have an awesome alternative to tootsie torture for every occasion. Like Race Day. You don’t want to flag before the finish line!

Here’s how you can colour co-ordinate any outfit with a pair of Slappa’s, right down to the fine detail of all your accessories, including your handbag and headgear.

If you’re dressed up in your wedding guest finery and flagging after a long reception, just lose the hat and heels and party on through the night in a set of stylish Slappa’s.

You’ll still look – and feel – amazing.

Dancing Queen here I come!

Speaking of weddings, what about the Bride?

Slappa’s bridal white thongs can carry off the most exciting day of your life in complete comfort once you’re ready to ditch your heels.

You’ll look just a perfectly pretty on your day of hearts and flowers …

If you’re opting for a less formal beach wedding, you want to sear your soul to your soul-mate, not sear the soles of your feet!

Barefoot is romantic.   Hopping across hot sand like a lobster on a barbie – not so much 😉

Whether you’re after wedding white or fancy frock fabulousness, there’s a pair of Slappa’s waiting to get loved-up with your feet.

Hope you’re having a fantastic Feb!

Denise

January – the peak of our Aussie summer and so, peak thong fashion time. It’s hot, hot, hot and there’s no better way to keep those twinkle toes feeling cool and better still – looking cool!

Take a peak at some of these pretty as a picture fashioned-up feet rockin’ their Slappa’s …people are so clever! Pretty polish, anklets, a bit of bling or a ribbon and viola!

How you decorate your Slappa’s is limited only by your imagination and creative talent. Popular in the fashion stakes are the brown and white Slappa’s being colours that women say they wear with dresses and skirts as they are more dressy.

Tassie Report

Well the Slappa’s crew had a great Christmas and New Year – hope our seasonal wishes for you came true and that you had a wonderful time.

Tassie was great for our family and I loved the R & R time. Both our kids were competing in the Under 13’s Cycling and unlike many other sports, boys and girls compete together.

This was Kaylee’s first year in the Under 13’s.  She was one of the youngest in her age group and the only girl. It was pretty hard going but she placed 3rd in 2 events and will be one to look out for next year. Bernie placed 2nd or 3rd in most of his races, just pipped at the post a couple of times for 1st place.

There is money to be won in the races and all money won by the kids goes into a kitty shared by all the team.

There were 8 in our team from Darwin and on their day off the winnings paid a trip to Tazmazia and bought us all lunch at Banjo’s Bakery.

The team was very successful and after our fun day out they still have enough money to buy 2 aero helmets for all the kids to use when competing in sprint competions. They are also going to put some money towards buying sporting goods to give to the kids in Timor.

Back on Deck

We all came back ready to hit the ground running and we’ve had to burn rubber to keep up with the deluge of orders from our customers and wholesalers.

If you’re anywhere near Slappa’s HQ you might see some multi-coloured Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) foam on the bitumen – that’s how fast we’re moving – leaving Slappa’s tracks! (Not rubber – we don’t make the comfiest thongs out of that stuff!)

So, what’s next?

Yeah, Australia Day! Yay!!

If you haven’t got yourself thonged up ready for the legendary Aussie Day barbie, you know who to call!

Lime Green and yellow Slappa’s are currenty on sale for the bargain price of $30 per pair.

Have a great one!

Warmest wishes,

Denise

PS If you need thongs for Australia Day order now and get them in time for your Aussie celebration! You can view all the zany colours we have featured on this blog here

With new sellers and many of our sellers having their own Facebook pages, I reckon there’ll be more than a few first time Slappa’s wearers around the beach and barbie this summer.

We even had a Facebook post last month of a pair of Slappa’s Thongs in the Sahara Desert!

Thanks to our lovely customers who took photos, making Slappa’s a part of their travel experience.  We love to see where our thongs got to on your globe-trotting feet.

Thanks for sharing your thong-ventures with us!

Read on to see which of your adventures we’ve shared here plus a great idea of how to get every Slappa’s Thongs colour in your Christmas stocking

Big shout out to you fabulous Facebook followers and friends

Thanks to you, our  Slappa’s Thongs’ Facebook page reached over 11,000 Slappa’s friends and followers!

Besides the Sahara Desert, you’ve taken your thongs to Mystery Island, cruising on Legend of The Seas, from Vietnam to Koh Samui – you sure get around in them! Thanks for sharing and posting on Facebook with us; great stories like these from….

Sue Gates Hubby & I took our Slappers on Country Cruisin on Legend of the Seas last week….this pic was taken on beautiful Mystery Island.

Rachel Higgs From Vietnam yesterday to Koh Samui today…Most comfortable footwear I’ve travelled with. Just glad I bought 2 pairs. With Plantar Fasciitis and now odeama, they truly are my life saver.

Fibromyalgia & Fasciopathy Friendly

Rachel’s post meant a lot to me too, because apart being fashionable, fun and comfy, I designed Slappa’s Thongs with built-in Arch Support, great for Plantar Fasciitis (or fasciopathy), heel pain and generally relaxing tired feet. So, posts from Slappa’s Facebook friends who have found some relief from Fibromyalgia & Fasciopathy wearing their Slappa’s Thongs, is the best ever news to me.

Janice Jack I bought some in Alice Springs and after wearing them for a couple of days I went back for another pair. I have trouble with planter facsiitis and they are the best things I have come across. I wore them for 3 months while travelling and had no trouble at all.

Tina Robinson I have fibromyalgia and suffer with a lot of pain in my feet. Wearing slapper thongs eliminates most of my pain. Wish they came in ‘winter’ styles to for cold Melbourne winters. Mine have lasted 2 years now, getting thin from wear (almost every day) so need to restock.

Sharryn Smith Me! 💗💖💙Better than ANY expensive orthotic👏👏👏

Thanks for sharing ladies …

Thong Throng

December is shaping up super busy for us, with loads of Facebook friends asking where they can find their nearest Slappa’s Thongs stockist. Seems like everyone is thronging to their nearest thong seller.

Our Slappa’s Thongs Facebook team have been answering each of your “where’s my nearest stockist” enquiries.

Whether you’re a seasoned Slappa’s or a newbie Slappa’s wearer, you might like to see these Facebook pages of some of our super Slappa’s sellers, who may be a bit more local to you:

Splash of Colour by Fran (Airlie Beach and Bowen)
Slappa’s Thongs Geelong
Slappa’s Thongs Northern Vic
Slappa’s Thongs Hervey Bay
Slappa’s Thongs Eyre Peninsula
Slappa’s Thongs Sunraysia
Slappa’s Thongs Brighton SA

Plus, there’s a full list of all our seller’s locations on our website

Where we don’t have a super Slappa’s seller near you, you can always order on-line from us – just click on this link.

Make your Slappa’s Santa list!

One of our Facebook friends likes this idea for getting her mitts (and feet) on every Slappa’s colour available …

Rhonda Sellenthin Love my Slappas. One problem is I want a pair in every colour. Lol!

Slappa’s Thongs Get everyone to buy for Christmas Rhonda!

Rhonda Sellenthin Lol. What a good idea. 😉

We hope you’ve been good this year Rhonda Sellenthin so Santa brings you a swag of Slappas!

If you get your friends and family to order by lunchtime 20th December, you’ll have your new rainbow range in time for Christmas Day 😉

Need Slappa’s for Christmas?

The weather is hotting up and it’s the perfect time to break out some new thongs! Order your Slappa’s Thongs online  and choose from our fabulous range of colours to suit every member of the family.

Wishing each of you a safe, happy and thong-tastic Christmas!

Warmest wishes,

Denise

 

Before any great trip there is the inevitable question of what to pack.

For me, one of the biggest packing decisions is “What shoes should I pack?” Not only do shoes take up so much room, you never end up wearing most of them. And, bugger it, you are on holidays! So why not wear your thongs?

In actuality, having your thongs be your travel shoes makes sense and is the practical thing to do.

Your feet also deserve a holiday

Let’s face it. When on holidays, you are going to want to give your feet time out too. No business shows or heels – something lazy and comfy.

But for many of us, holidays include a fair bit of exploring, which also means a lot of walking. So it’s important to make sure your travel shoes will provide the correct support as well as be very comfortable. There is nothing worst than suffering with sore, swollen feet or getting nasty blisters. This can totally ruin a perfect holiday!

The perfect travel shoes

The perfect travel shoes need to be supportive, comfortable, lightweight and the kind of shoes you are actually going to want to wear on your holiday.

In other words, thongs!

But be careful! Wearing flat thongs or poorly made flip-flops could actually be harming your feet. They are likely to leave you feeling exhausted after a day of walking and can also increase the risk of potential foot problems like plantar fasciitis or heel spurs.

So what is the recipe for the perfect travel shoes?

Need the perfect travel shoe? Our customers think slappa’s are the answer for traveling around the world! Get yourself a pair of slappa’s for your next travel adventure. You can order online now!