A Self-Foot Massage for Relaxation and Recovery

Self foot massage
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There are few things more enjoyable than a foot massage, whether you’re on your feet at work all day or just want to relax after a strenuous workout. If you can’t make it to the spa or don’t have anyone around you willing to volunteer, it’s perfectly possible to relieve tension with a self-massage. Light a candle and turn on some calming music, find a comfortable place and unwind with a self-foot massage fit for royalty.

Find Your Oil

Any skin-safe oil will do; you can try oils like coconut, olive, or almond to start. Just be sure not to use anything you may have any allergy to. If you prefer not to use oil, foot cream or lotion will do. You just may need to add more from time to time. You may also want to wash your feet beforehand to avoid getting your hands dirty.

How to Massage

Begin by pouring a small amount of oil (about a teaspoon) into your hand. First, apply the oil in an upward motion along the length of the calf and then onto your foot. Use your thumbs to gently knead your calf from your ankle to your knee. Then use your thumbs to draw circles around your ankle and continue downward toward your heel. You can use your knuckles or the palm of your hand to massage the sole of the foot, spending a little extra time on any knots you may find. Finish up by gently massaging your toes one at a time before moving to the other foot.