Treat your tired feet to a rejuvenating foot massage, either with a partner or as a self-care practice.
- Begin by thoroughly washing your feet and settling into a comfortable position that allows easy access to all areas of your feet.
- Apply a skin lotion for lubrication to your feet, ensuring a smooth and pleasant massage experience.
- Start by gently massaging the area between your toes, using your fingers and thumbs. Give your toes a little wiggle and pull them gently. Then, transition to the four metatarsal bones that run along the top and middle of your foot. Work your way from the base of your toes to just above your ankle, massaging one area at a time.
- Moving to the soles, if you’re massaging your own feet, prop one foot on the opposite knee and place a towel underneath to protect your clothing. Employ your thumbs to make small, circular motions across the entire surface of the sole, moving from the base of your toes towards your heel. Maintain a consistent and even pressure, and apply a bit more pressure when massaging the tougher skin on your heels.
- Continue working on the soles by using your pointer and middle fingers to make back-and-forth, crosswise movements from the heel to the ball of your foot.
- For added relief, firmly hold the foot and use your free hand to massage the back of the calf. This can effectively relieve muscle tension in your leg.
- Hold the heel with one hand and cradle the toes with the other, gently rotate the foot without causing discomfort. This will promote an overall sense of relaxation, ease, and well-being.
- After the massage, use a towel to wipe the soles of your feet to prevent any slipperiness. Slide into some cozy, heavy cotton socks or your favorite clean slippers to keep your feet pampered.