24 Jul Foot Care Tip – Foot Massages are Healthy
Give Yourself a Foot Massage
You already know how great a foot massage feels. If you have foot problems or your feet are feeling ragged from standing up all day or wearing high heels, a foot rub is almost a necessity.
A massage is a great gift to share with another person but it’s also a wonderful opportunity for self-care and self-healing. Read on for some ideas about enhancing your foot health with the ancient art of massage.
How Foot Massage Can Benefit You
- You’ll sleep better. Massage warms your muscles and boosts your blood circulation. This helps you relax and sleep deeply, which will boost your health in many ways.
- Feel better sooner. Massage is a key part of rehabilitation from ligament strains that result in conditions like Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist may recommend stretches, exercises, and massage to keep these ligaments flexible and aid in their recovery.
- Reduce your pain. Increasing blood flow to swollen, painful leg and foot muscles will help reduce the swelling and the pain.
- Get softer skin. Using lotions and natural oils in a massage will keep your skin clean, soft and free from flakes. Your toenails will also be stronger and healthier. Certain oils, including coconut oil and shea butter, can ease the symptoms of skin conditions like eczema.
- Get stress relief. Studies have found that massage therapy can lead to drops in your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. This stress relief can help you lower your blood pressure and enjoy better overall health.
- Boost your love life. A massage is a great way to bond with a loved one. Giving and receiving a massage is very nurturing. It will help you both relax and feel closer, setting the stage for romance.
The Perfect Foot Massage
Set the stage. Before you start, make sure your room is ready for relaxation. Light candles or lower the lights. Keep noises and other distractions to a minimum.
Soak your feet. Begin with a 10-minute soak. Use warm water and add essential oils to add aromatherapy value. Lemon, mint and similar scents will make your feet feel refreshed, while lavender and chamomile will help them feel relaxed. Choose the scent or oil that best suits your mood.
Use oils. It’s difficult to rub your skin without using oil as a lubricant. A natural oil will allow you to work muscles more deeply and keep the skin pliable while you massage it. Try a natural oil like jojoba, coconut or almond. You can also buy massage oils at bath stores, drugstores or stores that sell natural foods.
Use the knee technique. Place your foot on the knee of the opposite leg and hold it by the heel. Begin rubbing the ball of your foot. Hold it firmly in your hand and squeeze it for several minutes. Press into the ball of your foot firmly with your knuckles.
Work the sole. With both hands, grasp the sole of your foot firmly and squeeze it. Use your thumbs to press the muscles of your foot all over. Finish by sliding your hands firmly over your whole foot.
Give your toes special attention. Massage each toe separately, giving each one a slight pull to release stiffness. Use your fingers to squeeze each toe and stretch it. After a few minutes, your toes will feel light and loose.
Relax and enjoy your feet. They will feel loose and weightless after a good massage, as though you’re walking on air.
Make Massage Part of Your Healthy Foot Routine
To keep your feet happy and healthy, follow good foot care and make massage part of your regular self-care.
If you’d like more information about foot health, contact Shuman Podiatry & Sports Medicine. We can treat any foot problems or foot pain you might have and help you develop a good foot care routine.
Try a foot massage tonight and wake up to feet that feel great.