The feet are often the most neglected or ignored part of the body. Hutched up in socks and shoes all day, the feet rarely get the chance to be out in the open. And, being ignored, small twinges and discomforts on the feet often go unheeded. With this, it’s no doubt that the feet need to be treated, and perhaps a real treat for someone close to you is the gift of a foot massage. My husband and I will frequently give each other foot massages in the evening after dinner while sitting on the couch relaxing.
What is Foot Massage?
The theory of foot massage is plainly simple, but the practice is far more complex than the other therapeutic techniques. It is commonly associated with the concept of reflexology, which is pressure therapy that involves applying a focused pressure to the particularly known reflex points in the foot to cure any form of discomfort. However, it is important to note that foot massage is different from foot reflexology. In reflexology, some of its benefits will happen automatically by virtue of massaging the feet, while on foot massage, the main aim is to help the tired feet feel better.
How to Give a Foot Massage
Generally, the foot massage techniques do not claim to have any documented medical benefits. Nevertheless, when the massage is applied correctly and properly, chances are the receiver can walk away with a feeling of well-being and peace.
Now to begin with, it is very important to make sure that you have the right supplies. Typically, what you will need are two or three big towels and some form of lubricant. For many, a rich cream works better for the tough calluses and the hardened skin of the feet than the hand lotion or oil. But, if you don’t have a rich cream, you can use the lotion or the oil for any of these will work.
Wash thoroughly the feet of the receiver, and anoint it with a skin lotion for lubrication when carrying out the foot massage. Start rubbing the sole of their foot with your thumbs. You can do this by simply working your thumbs in a circular motion all the way from the heel to the base of the toes. However, we can’t escape the fact that most people are sensitive and ticklish on their feet. So if this is the case, reassure the receiver that you will use firm, slow strokes rather than light and quick ones. Make him or her comfortable if possible.
Take each toe individually and place it between your thumb and forefinger. Then, gently manipulate it and give it a slight tug at the end. Gently press your fingers into the person’s foot all along the sole. At the end of the foot massage, gently run your fingers along the top of the foot to provide a relaxing feeling. And, remember to do the massage on each foot.
It is important to note, however, that when applying the foot massage, you should use more oils as needed, but do not use to much of it for this will only cause your hands to slide, making the receiver feel uncomfortable.