For tired or painful feet, foot massage is a simple and accessible home remedy. It can assist you in relaxing and de-stressing along with using good arch support insoles, as well as improving your general well-being. It's something you can do for yourself or someone else with ease.
Before you begin, consider the following:
Soak your feet for 5 to 10 minutes in warm water. Mineral salts added to the foot bath will provide additional pain alleviation and muscular release. If desired, you can also add essential oil. Both of these alternatives will clean and warm your feet while also providing aromatherapy for added comfort. Using a warm towel, pat your feet dry. To make it really special, heat the towels in the dryer first and wrap one towel over your body while massaging the other.
Following are some general guidelines:
- If you want to give yourself a foot massage, sit comfortably and bend your left leg to lay your left foot on your right thigh, then repeat with the other foot. If you're getting a foot massage from someone else, lean back on a couch or bed to give your feet and legs some support.
- To protect surfaces from oil leaks, use a towel under your feet.
- Massage the entire foot and up over the ankle using massage oil or cream.
- Pay special attention to hurting areas and massage them for a little longer with a comfortable pressure.
- Avoid damaging your thumbs by not applying too much pressure.
- Avoid applying too little pressure, as this might cause tickling.
- Concentrate on just one foot at a time.
- When traveling from the toes to the ankles, apply more pressure, and when going from the ankles to the toes, apply less pressure. This will aid in the removal of excess fluid from the foot.
- After the massage, make sure to wipe away any leftover oil to avoid slipping, and then put on socks for more moisture.
Here are a few different massage techniques to try:
- Place your hands on either side of the foot and slowly pull the right side forward while dragging the left side back to warm up the foot before repeating on the other side. Begin from the toes and work your way up to the ankle.
- From the heel to the ball of the foot, rub and massage the underside of the arch of the foot with your thumbs or knuckles.
- Pull each side of your foot outward with both hands on the outside of your foot.
- Bend all of the toes on one foot back and forth with the other hand while gripping the heel in one hand. Rep this movement a few times, increasing the pressure and flexing the toes to increase range of motion.
- Take hold of the heel with one hand while cupping the top of the foot with the other. Squeeze and release the heel repeatedly.
Strokes on the top of the foot should be done with both hands' fingers, while strokes on the bottom should be done with your thumbs. Begin with the toes and work your way up to the ankles, then back down. Apply firm (but not deep) pressure to the grooves between the bones and tendons of your feet and ankles.
With one hand, grasp the base of the foot and gently tug, twist, and pull each toe, moving from the little to the big toes.
Finish the massage with light strokes, starting at the toes and going up above the ankles, using your fingers on top of the foot and your thumbs on the bottom.
We hope these ideas inspire you to indulge in some relaxing self-care at home.