Our feet are a bit like the black sheep of the family. They work hard for you all day long. They carry your entire weight and take you everywhere. Especially in winter, we hide them in our shoes and they get little attention.
In 2020, we wrote how science proves that foot massages have a beneficial effect. You also read tips about giving a foot massage. We are happy to give you an extension of this, with tips for two different foot massages.
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Give Attention to your feet
A great way to give your feet some extra attention is to have them massaged. A foot reflexology massage works with pressure points that are connected to your entire body. It stimulates the self-healing capacity of your body, ensures good blood circulation, is relaxing, and has a stress-reducing effect. It has a positive effect on your body and mind. There is so much possible with foot reflexology!
Preparation for every foot massage
Before each massage, loosen your feet. For this, you shake them out. Rotate your ankles left and right in circles. It is a short and important preparation so that you get more out of your massage. If you have the time and opportunity, it is also smart to wash your feet with cold water beforehand. This will ‘wake up your nerves. It is extra pleasant to use massage oil or Foot Recovery Cream®, which you can use to care for the skin of your feet.
Start the day right with a special morning message. You combine a short massage of the toes and sole of the foot (rotating movements with your fingers and possibly knuckles) with a foot bath, such as Optimal®.
During the short massage, your attention is focused on three pain points. What often bothers you during the day? Do you quickly get a headache, or do you suffer from shoulders or stomach? Refer to the foot’s reflex zones ( like this one ) to find the three pressure points. Massage it with extra attention. Then finish with a foot bath. To increase the uplifting effect, you can add a fragrant sprig of mint leaves.
Sleep better after a foot massage in the evening
Start at the bottom or base of your big toe. Grab your toe with your thumb and forefinger and make circular movements on and between the toes. Go down each toe up to your little toe. Then pull all toes short.
Then, pay full attention to all parts of your foot, including the top. Make slow, circular movements with your thumbs, fingers, and knuckles if necessary. Because you massage yourself, you feel better when you need to exert extra or less pressure.
Finish the massage with a short massage of the ankles, left and right of the Achilles tendon. Repeat this process with your other foot. In principle, you can also conclude this massage with a foot bath.
A “normal” foot massage does not work on the pressure points, but it is wonderfully relaxing and ensures good blood circulation. It is very pleasant and you can easily do it yourself at home. Make it a real moment for yourself. You will notice that after a nice massage you are wonderfully relaxed and your feet feel good. Make sure you cannot be disturbed, put on some soothing music, find a comfortable place, and enjoy the peace!
You don’t have to massage your feet all day long to benefit from it. Even having a massage once a week has a positive effect. By playing with and (literally) mastering the morning, afternoon, and evening massage, you can alternate and adapt each massage to the situation. Choose invigorating when you need extra energy, and relaxing when you need some rest.
If you have enough time, you can start with a foot bath. Make sure the water is pleasant, but not too warm, and let your feet soak in the water for about 10 minutes. To ensure that the foot that you are not yet going to massage stays nice and warm, wrap it with a towel or put on a nice, warm sock.