Thursday, January 3, 2013

How To Give The Perfect Foot Massage

Step 1: Soak their feet in warm water for about 10 minutes. You may wish to include drops of your favorite essential oil (or make your own!) or bath salts. Peppermint or lavender oil is preferred by many. Make sure feet are completely dry before starting massage.
Step 2: Apply a moderate amount of cream or oil to hands to add comfort and ease. Make sure hands are warm to avoid discomfort. Mineral oil is not absorbed in the skin and it wipes cleanly.
Step 3: Begin by stroking the top of the foot, between cords located on the top of the foot at the instep. Move in the direction from toe to ankle. Then, continue by stroking sole of foot, first more gently, then increased pressure.
Step 4. Make circular motions with your thumbs and fingers over the sole of the foot, and use more pressure in areas such as the heel or ball of the foot. Start from the top and work your way down. Do not neglect the sides.
Step 5: Hold the foot with one 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.
Step 6: Knead the sole by holding the foot with one hand and making a fist with the other, using moderate pressure into the sole. Give enough attention to the arch.
Step 7: Begin with the big toe and working towards the pinky toe, take each toe individually. Roll the toe between the thumb and forefinger as you slide your fingers down the toe to the end, applying gentle pressure. Gently squeeze the end of each toe.
Step 8: Take your index finger and slide it between each toe about 5 times. To complete the massage, use your thumb and fingers to make the circular motions once again over the sole. End by stroking the sole and instep.
Step 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.
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