The pandemic has forced us all to take precautions and stay within the security of our homes. At times like these, going to parlors and spas may seem far-fetched. However, with the kind of sedentary lifestyles we are leading nowadays, most of our feet muscles are not being used properly and it is important to give them appropriate care. Giving your feet the proper attention they deserve is vital as the feet convey biofeedback information to the brain for maintaining the functionality of the body. This can be achieved by pampering them with a luxury massage that revives and relaxes them. You don’t even have to go out to the professionals, as you can have your own luxury foot massage at the comfort of your own home.
How to get a Luxury Foot Massage at Home
After a long and tiring day, it does not take much effort to prepare a relaxing and soothing foot massage at home. This therapy is best done in the evening when your feet are not only tired but also swollen due to fatigue.
Here are 5 simple steps for a DIY luxury foot massage:
- Feet preparation: Remove all the nail polish, cut nails and push back the cuticles.
- Soaking and cleaning: Soak your feet in a warm water tub and clean them carefully using your preferred method. You can also throw in a pinch of salt as it aids in dirt and dead skin removal. Salt helps to soothe the swelling. There are many flavored salts with eucalyptus, lavender or peppermint available at the market or online. You can purchase the one that suits you best.
- Exfoliate the feet: Exfoliate every nook and cranny. You can use suitable exfoliation gels and scrubs for this.
- Massage: One of the best and simplest home massage is done using foot cream mixed with a few drops of lemon juice. You will get excellent results following a 10-minute massage.
- Finishing Touch: After the massage, to get a professional look, you can file the nails as they are now very soft and apply your choice of nail polish.
There are many products which you can use for your DIY luxury foot massage, some of them are:
Massage oils can smoothly stroke the skin without giving your feet the feeling of being pulled. For best results, try using a pure vegetable oil such as Jojoba or sweet almond. Even olive oil can serve the purpose. You can also add a couple of essential oil drops such as geranium or lavender to make it extremely luxurious. Massaging your feet using coconut or olive oil has proven to offer much relief from inflammation and pain triggered by foot tendonitis. This is also a great treatment for your heel spurs and is even beneficial in relieving the discomfort of burning feet sensation.
If you don’t prefer an oil massage, lotion is another great substitute as they make perfect lubricants. However, you must keep in mind to carefully read the label because though the majority of them may have a very pleasant smell, not all can be recommended for a foot massage. This is due to their chemical composition. It is recommended to use a pure and natural lotion that is free of any chemicals to look after your health. This a better and safer option.
Cornmeal – You may be someone who does not like to have the “slimed up” feel that comes with oil on your feet. However, if you still want to get the smooth feeling over your skin, you could try cornmeal or even corn starch. These products have proven to be good alternatives to using oil. Using corn starch gives you a smooth and soft feel while corn meal adds a bit more of punch due to the relative coarseness. An additional bonus of using corn meal is that it is also a good exfoliator. For the best results, first heat the cornmeal in your oven and drop several drops of an essential oil. Doing this will add luxury and a feel good-effect as you massage.
Toys – It often pays to try more creative therapy approaches using special toys to pamper your exhausted feet. One of the simplest idea is using a tennis ball. Just stand on the ball and roll it around. Another practical way is to use a foot roller where you simply roll it back and forth on your soles for a quick foot massage.
A relaxing and soothing foot massage before going to bed not only comforts you but also helps you get a good-night sleep. It helps your body to unwind, relaxes your body nerves and improves your blood circulation. By cleaning out and opening neural pathways, you improve body flexibility and functionality for many areas of the body. There is increasing evidence that proves how massaging the pressure points of your feet is good for your general health. And keeping what science has to say aside, a luxury foot massage at home definitely feels good!
A final and important tip for the maintenance of beautifully silky soft feet is: Wearing cotton socks after the application of luxurious moisturizing cream will soften your feet overnight. Doing this will amplify the results of your luxury foot massage. If you really want give your feet some extra tender, loving care, you can continue this treatment over a few nights for best results.