Have you ever had one of those days where you feel so overloaded and stressed out, you feel like you’re on the verge of a small breakdown? Unfortunately, most of us feel like this from time to time, and everyone has their different methods of escaping. For some, its exercise, cooking, music, TV, or a warm bath, and although all of these methods can work, the next time you are feeling overworked, try giving yourself a foot massage. This may sound strange to some, but there have been several studies which have shown a foot massage can lower stress at nearly the same level a full body massage would. To help you reduce your stress through a foot massage, and do it efficiently, here are some step by step directions you can follow.
Step #1: Create a relaxing environment for yourself; you will not be able to fully enjoy a stress relieving foot massage if you are in a room with a blaring TV, or have kids running around everywhere. Pick a spot in your house, or outside, that you feel most comfortable and turn on some soothing music in the background.
Step #2: Make sure your feet are nice and clean, wash them in warm water with soap, and then dry them thoroughly.
Step #3: Apply a stress relieving scented oil to your feet. You can use whichever oil you prefer, but some good suggestions would be lavender, almond, sesame, or linalool.
Step #4: Begin the foot massage at the base of your small toe, applying an amount of pressure you feel comfortable with.
Step#5: Move on to the next toe, and start rubbing at the base once again.
Step#6: Apply a light amount of pressure on the skin located in the middle of the small toe and the toe next to it.
Step#7: Go to the middle toe and move it in a circular motion, rubbing, pulling, and stretching it simultaneously. Continue to do this to all other toes.
Step #8: Next, apply pressure to both sides of your heel just under your ankle using either your palms or fingers. In a clockwise motion, rub around your ankles, this will help to increase your energy and circulation will be improved as well.
Step#9: Rub around your calf muscle to get rid of any tension that may be stuck there.
Step#10: Repeat to your second foot, and start the process again whenever your stress returns!
If you feel stressed out from all the activities going on in your life, a foot massage can be very helpful for you. You can administer this massage yourself, or ask someone else to help you; either way following these easy steps will get you on your way to feeling relaxed again. Massage has many other benefits as well, so if you’re overwhelmed, or have any other reasons you think massage could help with; make an appointment with one of our skilled massage therapists today! 801-897-8711