Less-than-supple feet can feel uncomfortable or even painful. The reason our feet tend to feel rougher than the rest of of our body often boils down to simple physics. Feet take all kinds of abuse. Every time we walk, we exert a lot of pressure from our body weight, and the friction between our feet and the ground can cause them to become dry. It’s no wonder foot massage is so welcome. The 7,200 nerve endings in the foot deserve to be pampered; massaging the feet is the perfect solution. Here, we will go over the topicals to use on feet, and how to use them.
When Using Topicals to Massage Feet, Less is More
Use a minimal amount of lubricant when massaging feet. Most people have enough natural moisture in their feet, so it’s usually preferred to not use much lubricant. However, if a client requests extra glide, they will oblige with a little massage cream and essential oil.
Regardless of the cream or oil used, the blend should be balanced and the therapist should always consult with the client before applying any product to the body.
How to Apply.
Put a small amount warm lotion or oil in your hand. Smooth the lotion or oil over the foot.
Firmly hold the foot with both hands. Rub the top of the foot using a firm motion with your thumbs. Start at the tip of each toe and move slowly all the way up to the ankle. Move back towards the toes and rub with a lighter stroke. This step can be repeated 2 or more times.
Continue to hold the foot with both hands and move your thumbs to the bottom of the foot. Rub the bottom of the foot. Start at the tip of each toe and move your thumbs firmly towards the heel. Go back in the direction of the toes and rub the bottom of the foot with your thumbs. This step can be repeated 2 or more times.
Repeat the above steps on the other foot.