How to give a foot Massage
Here’s no better way to treat a friend or loved one that to give their aching feet a wonderful foot massage. Here’s how to make that someone feel like a king or queen.
Things you'll need.
• Cream and or oil
• Warm water in a tub or basin bath salts
• Favorite essential oil (preferable lavender or peppermint)
• Soft back ground music. (Optional)
• Lightly scented candles. (Optional)
• Thick clean socks or slippers
1. Soak feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. You may wish to include drops of your favorite essential oil or bath salts. Peppermint or lavender oil is preferred by many. Make sure feet are completely dry before starting message.
2. Apply a moderate amount of cream or oil to handle to add to comfort and ease. Make sure hands are warm to avoid discomfort. Mineral oil is not absorbed in the skin, and it wipes off cleanly.
3. Begin by stroking top of foot, between cords located on top of foot at instep. Move in the direction toe to ankle. Then, continue by stroking sole of foot, first more gently, then increase pressure.
4. Make circular motions with your thumb and fingers over the sole of the foot, and user more pressure in areas such as the heel or ball of the foot. Start from the top and wok your way down. Do not neglect the sides.
5. Hold the foot with once hand, use the other hand to rotate the foot, first at the ankle, and then near the ball of the foot. Be gentle. Repeat about 5 times in each direction.
6. Knead the sole by holding the foot with one hand and making a first with the other, using moderate pressure into the sole. Give enough attention to the arch.
7. Begin with the big toe and working towards the pinky toe take each toe individually. Roll the toe to the end, applying gentle pressure. Gently squeeze the end of each toe.
8. Take your index finger and slide it between each toe about 5 times. To complete the message, use your thumb and fingers to make the circular motions once a gain over the sole. End by stroking the sloe and instep.
9. Wipe off any excess cream or oil with a soft towel. Slip into thick socks to retain moisturizing, or slippers will suffice as well.
10. Try to give equal attention to both feet, as the body abhors asymmetry.