After a long, hard day, there is nothing better to soothe your soul like a foot massage. Not only does a foot massage bring relief to your feet, it also offers other great benefits, such as improving circulation, reducing stress, and is a great way to show someone how much you care.
Whether you’re giving a massage to yourself or someone else, knowing the right steps and techniques can ensure you get the most out of your experience. Follow all the steps illustrated below on one foot before moving on the other foot. You can use oil or lotion to assist with the massage. If you do choose to do this, be sure to elevate the foot off of any furniture or to roll up pants to avoid staining the material.
Increasing Circulation & Warming the Foot
Hold the foot in the palm of your hands with your thumbs resting on the top of the foot. Starting at the top of the foot, begin to stroke the foot in a long, slow motion with your thumbs. Work your way up to the ankle and then repeat the same motion, moving back towards the toes. Once you have completed this several times on the top of the foot, do the same for the sole of the foot.
Loosening the Joints & Relaxing the Foot
Brace the foot and leg by holding one hand under the heel and behind the ankle. With the other hand hold the ball of the foot and begin to rotate the ankle in one direction and then the other. Perform this rotation in each direction about 3-5 times to help ease stiffness.
Calming the Toes
Hold the foot underneath the arch with one hand. With your other hand, hold the toe with your thumb and forefinger. Next, begin to pull the toe in a slow, firm motion. Repeat this motion, except this time you will want to squeeze and roll the toe between your thumb and finger. Repeat this process on each toe, starting with the pulling motion and then moving on to the rolling motion. Once you have done this on each toe, move your hand that is holding the foot to under the ankle, while the index finger of your free hand slides back and forth between each toe. Perform this motion several times between each toe before moving on to the next step.
Releasing Tension in the Arch
Continuing hold your foot with one hand under the ankle, while you use the other hand to apply pressure on the arch. Slide your hand from the arch, down to the heel and then back up again. You can vary the pressure depending on how much the person you are giving the massage to enjoys.