Many people enjoy a massage after a long day or week at the office and for those that can’t justify spending the money on a professional massage, there are several DIY methods to follow.

Foot massages are particularly relaxing, especially for those that spend a lot of time on their feet or wearing uncomfortable shoes. While many opt for other massages such as head or neck before considering foot massages, the latter actually have a number of helpful benefits including improving blood circulation, preventing injury, relaxing the entire body and even relieving some symptoms of depression!

So, here are some tips for the foot massage novice. 

Wash the feet before beginning  

Ensure the feet are properly clean before beginning the massage to avoid an unhygienic encounter. Soak them in a warm bubble bath to really begin the relaxing process.

Know your feet

If you are working on someone else’s feet, kindly helping them to relieve stress, make sure you know how that person reacts to their feet being touched. If you know them to be especially ticklish, they are probably not the right person to try your new massaging skills out on. A massage filled with tormenting tickling is not relaxing for either parties.

Use a quality product

Many people scrimp on their massage oils, opting instead for any body lotion they can find laying around the house. In order to achieve a truly worthwhile massage, invest in some foot massage oil or balm. Before applying the product to the feet, ensure the oil or balm is either warm or at room temperature. Purchase a nice scent to add a sweet aroma to the feet too.

Gently but surely

As feet are very sensitive and home to over 26 bones and 33 joints it is important to handle feet with care. You can be firmer in your movement on the tougher areas such as the heels and balls of the feet but be gentler where skin is thinner i.e. the top of the foot.

Methods

To begin with use your thumbs in circular motions to spread the oil or lotion around the foot.

Use kneading methods on the bottom of the feet, incorporating your knuckles for added pressure. Make your hand into a fist and move in circular motions.

When working on the ankle bone, use three fingers either side of the foot and massage around the bone. Afterwards move the foot to an upright position and move it from side to side to encourage circulation.

For the toes, use your thumb and forefinger moving in upward and downward strokes.

These are just some of the simple methods. There are many more available.

Little and often

While full body massages can take over an hour, there is no need for a foot massage to last that long. In fact, spending just 10 mins per foot, every other day is the most beneficial way to ensure healthier feet and a happier mind – although of course one longer massage less often won’t do any harm.

If you want to take it to the next level then brush up on some basic reflexology knowledge by consulting reflexology charts. Understand where the main pressure points are on each foot for a truly beneficial massage.

How do your feet feel after a little massage? Let us know!