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DIY Foot Massages: Start Your Health Off on The Right Foot

Apr 3, 2013 10:02:00 PM

Take that title literally because it’s time to learn a great technique for a DIY foot massage.

Why? Because sometimes your significant other doesn’t want to touch them, or maybe your repeated requests have worn out their welcome.

A DIY foot massage is actually pretty simple.

And even though it probably won’t compare to a professional foot massage, you’re probably going to like it. So if your two thumbs are all you’ve got, give it a try. Even a quick foot massage can revitalize you, lower stress hormones, and create space for a little relaxation in your day. 

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Here are the basic supplies you'll need:

  • A wash basin
  • Small hand towel
  • Some Epsom salt
  • Lotion of some kind (bonus points for something yummy smelling)
  • A golf or tennis ball

Ready? Jump in.

DIY Foot Massage

1. Warm soak

Fill the basin with warm water add about half a cup of Epsom salt. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil if you'd like. Dip your feet in and let them soak for 10 minutes.

 

2. Roll it out

After pat-drying your feet, put the golf or tennis ball on the floor and roll the bottom of your foot over it.

Don’t press too hard. Use as much pressure to feel good but not painful.

Related: Can You Do Chair Massages on Legs and Feet?

 

3. Moisturize

Now, with your foot in your lap, lather it with lotion and squeeze your foot with both hands. 

 

4. Soften the muscles and tendons

Use your thumbs to massage in a circular motion up the sole of your foot from your heel to your toes. Then crisscross your thumbs back down the sole all the way to your heel.

Related: Trigger Points: How Massage Can Help

 

5. Leg work

Now grab the back of your calf and massage up and down while pointing and flexing your foot.

Related: Dynamic vs. Static Stretching: Are You Stretching All Wrong?

 

6. More of the same!

Repeat steps 2-6 on the other foot.

 

Remember, don’t press too hard. And make sure to stop if anything feels painful. Most importantly, remember to do this within eyesight of your significant other. All this effort is guaranteed to send him/her rushing to your side…er…feet.

 

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Greg Fox
Written by Greg Fox

After globetrotting for years as a freelance travel writer, he met the woman of his dreams and settled down. He now writes a good mix of advertising, marketing, and PR copy for Google, Adobe Systems, DC shoes, The Northface, and Verizon. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and son.

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