With the many benefits getting a good foot rub brings, it is good for you to know how to give one too. You do not have to be an expert, but after mastering some of the foot massage techniques provided below, you pretty much could be.
Start up with a warm up
Sweeping and rubbing are good ways to get the blood in the feet circulating before any tougher techniques are tried. With the foot in you hand, start to stroke the surface. Grasp the foot and pull that hand towards the ankle with medium pressure. Go back and forth to keep the flow continuous. Pressure should lessen as you approach the toes and can increase again when moving away. This should be repeated several times until a rhythm is made and the foot is warm. It is called warm up after all.
Thumb walking on what real walking is done with
Simple yet effective, all you have to do is take turns using your thumbs to apply firm pressure along the side of a foot. By alternating your thumbs and applying pressure, if this is done correctly, you should be able to feel the tendons running along the edges. Usually tense, this will make them more lax.
The need for kneading
First you have to clutch your hands into a tight fist. When this is done, use the knuckles to knead on the sole of the foot moving back and forth just like rolling dough, hence the term knead. The knuckles will also be used to press on the sole from heel to toe and back again.
It’s all in the toes
There are a few ways to loosen up your toes and get them nice and relaxed- rotating each toe in opposite directions, individually pulling at them in an upward motion, or even simply giving them a good squeeze as a bunch. Just remember not to apply too much pressure. The toes are rather sensitive.
This is the perfect way to end a good foot massage. Simply cup each foot with your hand and give it a squeeze with just the right amount of pressure. If sweeping and rubbing are good ways to warm up, cupping is a good way to warm down.
With these foot massage techniques you are sure to bring any aching foot back to life. Just remember that practice makes perfect. Just keep on trying and you will be just as good as an expert.