Foot reader Jane Sheehan tells DND she can tell all about us from peering at our feet.
So whatâ€™s it all about? I analyse the structure, texture and blemishes on feet to understand my reflexology clientsâ€™ emotions and personality.
How did you get into it? I had reflexology and was amazed at my emotional reactions. I studied it, memorised the â€˜toe alphabetâ€™ and started using it on friends and anyone whoâ€™d let me. Iâ€™d go to a party and get a foot thrust at me before a glass!
Any unusual jobs? I once gave a talk to a Jewish dating agency in Australia…
How much can you really tell from feet? Emotions and personality, but itâ€™s not spooky psychic stuff. Our emotions have an impact on the way we walk. If people get embarrassed you can see a blushing in the appropriate toe!
Can you do it from photographs? Yes. I read Reece Witherspoonâ€™s feet from a photo when she was nominated for a Golden Globe. Her second toe was tilted towards the big toe â€“ meaning sheâ€™d be comparing the past to the present. When she won for Walk the Line, she said: â€˜Imagine, little olâ€™ me from Mississippi!â€™
Seen any funny feet? Alan Carrâ€™s! I was on This Morning and Alan had his nails painted orange. It said: â€˜I want fun, I want to be the life and soul of the party.â€™
Do you make people wash their feet? No. I look rather than touch and if I washed their feet it would change them â€“ the colour would change due to the heat of the water. I have a rather poor sense of smell â€“ a boon!
Are people surprised by what you can tell from their feet? Yes. I can tell complete strangers all about themselves even if they show me only their feet.
Do you do readings for family? I practised on family but theyâ€™d say: â€˜You know that already.â€™ Working on strangers is rewarding.
Whatâ€™s the Best Western connection? I hired a meeting room at BEST WESTERN Edinburgh Capital Hotel. I was treated with such hospitality and my workshop went so well that Iâ€™ve gone there every year since.
JaneÂ Sheehan is running workshops at:
BEST WESTERN Inverness Palace Hotel, Inverness, 11-12 August
BEST WESTERN Edinburgh Capital Hotel, 18-19 August
BEST WESTERN Leigh Park Country House Hotel, Bradford-on-Avon, 13-14 October BEST WESTERN Swiss Cottage Hotel, London, 7-28 October.
So you think reading feet is a little bitÂ wacky? Well, if you donâ€™t mind dropping your trousers, thereâ€™s always the option of rumpology. An art revived by Sylvester Stalloneâ€™s mum Jackie, rumpologists claim that buttock readings can tell a lot about a person, whether itâ€™s done by touch, sight or prints.
Or how about visiting a fortune teller who uses asparagus to predict the future? Mystic Jemima Packington from Worcestershire claims to be the worldâ€™s only â€˜Asparamancerâ€™ â€“Â her predictions for 2012 include two royal pregnancies.