Massage Therapy and Your Feet

After a tiring day whether it is at work or simply shopping when you return home the first thing that you notice is that your feet are killing you. The simplest thing that you can do to relieve this pain is to sit down and take your shoes off. This takes away the immediate pains. Then you wriggle your feet and toes to restore the blood circulation in your feet. This helps a little more but to give your entire foot total relief having a foot massage is sheer bliss.

A loved one or even you can provide the benefits of a foot massage. The main things that you need will be a comfortable place to keep your foot on, creams, oils, essential oils that are used for massages and your favorite soft mood music or even a meditation CD.

To give yourself a foot massage you will first need to get your feet clean and dry including between the toes. You can if you want to soak them in a foot bath with Epsom salts. This foot bath will de-stress you so that you feel even more relaxed. Next rub your massage oil onto your foot.

Holding your foot that is in your lap gently in one hand to support it, with the other hand begin to massage the top part of your foot. Use your thumbs for this massage. Use slow, firm stroking motions that start at the toes and move upward towards the ankles. Once you come to the ankles following the same path massage your way down to your toes. The pressure of the massage must be lighter than at the ankle. Repeat this foot massage 5 times.

Next gently hold the heel of your foot in a cupping motion. With your other hand hold the top of the foot and gently rotate the foot first clockwise and after anticlockwise. Do this 3 to 4 times to relax, calm and de-stress the foot, ankle joints and your senses. Do this foot massage gently so that you don’t hurt yourself.

Now still holding your foot in one hand, with the other hand, massage the sole of your foot with the thumb. Begin at the base of your big toe and slowly move towards the other toes. Use gentle rolling motions to give the ball of your foot a relaxing foot massage.

You can then knead your foot. Here you will use your thumb or the finger tips to give the massage. Knead the sole of the foot in a back and forth motion. With your knuckles “Knead” the second joints of your foot. Use large pressing and rotating motions but be gentle.

By the time you will have ended your foot massage not only will your feet feel good but you will have calmed down and your day’s stresses will have vanished as well. Instant bliss.