In a world where all we does is stand, run, walk and lift – our feet support us the entire way. While being quiet in shoes and socks all day, they have restricted circulation and air contact.
Be kind to a big shot close to you and give them the gift of a foot rub. Although machines that massage feet are becoming popular, there is no replacement for what the genuine human touch can do.
So whether you massage your own foot or someone else’s, take a few moments to explore the site and try some foot massage yourself.
The feet are often a very derelict part of the body. Cooped up in shoes and socks all day, they may not get a chance to be out in the open. However, a real treat for someone close to you is to give them a foot massage.
The feet, when manipulated through massage, can lead to a feeling of revilatization throughout our entire body.
This massage technique does not pretend to be a lesson in reflexology. Reflexology is a practice of massage which holds that all of the nerve endings in our feet directly correct write to various organs and portions of our body.
The massage technique which follows does not claim to have any medical benefits. However, when it is done correctly, it will more than likely have your recipient walking away with a reaction of well-being and peace.
Foot Massage Benefits
Foot massage, also known as sole massage or reflexology, has been widely practiced by the Chinese in their belief that every organ in the body corresponds to a particular point on the sole of the foot.
Thus they feel that via foot rub down, the nerve endings on the foot's sole will be stimulated and would then produce benefits for the malfunctioning organ. This is also the principle behind the strange-looking insoles with protruding dots which became a fad several years ago.
A foot massage starts with a brief foot bath wherein the feet are placed in a small basin of warm water. Herbs or fragrances are then mixed into the soaking solution, both to make the skin softer and on the way to relax the foot muscles. Various points on the soles, making the foot massage an unforgettable experience.
Foot Massage Steps
Make sure your "patient" or friend feels completely comfortable and relaxed. Arrange the right chair or bed until they sense able to sit or lie comfortably for at least 30 minutes.
- Soak the feet in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes. Feel free to add some fragrant essential oils for an aroma therapeutic benefit.
Apply a lubricant. (Note: if your patient has sensitive skin, or prefers not to use a lubricant, that's OK. A lubricant purely makes the massage easier to complete).
The next step is to cradle the foot one hand and use your other hand to apply a stretch and flex to your friend's foot. Begin at the ankle, then do the ball. You can repeat this 3 or 4 times and change directions for a full stretch of the foot.
Now your attention switches to the sole of the foot. Using your thumbs or knuckles, apply a firm but gentle rubdown motion. It is most important that the arch of the foot is your focus.
Toes! Beginning with the big toe and working towards the pinky toe, squeeze the toes one at a time and apply small stroke massage to each tow. If your patient likes, you may always massage between each toe. You may also "snap" or "flick" each toe gently, but briskly flanked by your fingers.
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