A foot massage can be
performed at any time you wish or as part of a home pedicure procedure. The
following illustrations depict some standard foot massage techniques that a nail
technician might perform on a client during a pedicure.
Wear lose, comfortable
clothes and sit comfortably with your back supported.
For massage you'll
2 teaspoons (10 ml) castor, jojoba, soybean, or extra-virgin olive oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop German chamomile essential oil
1 drop geranium essential oil
Combine all the
ingredients in a small bowl. Stir thoroughly. Yields 1 treatment.
relaxing your foot. Hold your foot so that one hand is on the sole
and one on the top. If using a massage oil or lotion, protect
clothing and furniture with a towel or two. Rub oiled or creamed
hands together vigorously to warm them before beginning the foot
massage. Working from your ankle to your toes. Massages it with
long, firm strokes. Stroking, stimulates circulation and warms the
Holding your heel in one hand
and your toes in the other circle your foot five times clockwise then
anticlockwise. This will loosen the joints and relax the foot.
Starting with your big toe,
stroke the length of each toe in turn and, when your reach the tip, pull
gently to stretch it out. Repeat this three times. Pulls and Squeezes can
be very calming.
Using our thumb and starting
at your big toe move along the line of pads just below your toes. Press on each
one firmly before moving on to the next. Work your way to your little toe, then
change hands and, using your other thumb, work your way back.
Use your thumb to press down
gently from the top to the base of your big toe. Repeat
on all of your toes. When your reach your little toe, change
hands and use the other thumb to go back the other way .Repeat twice.
Holding your toes in one
hand, use your thumb on the other hand to press along the sole, pressing
in a line from the base of your big toe to the center of your foot,
following the line of the metatarsal. Repeat on all your toes, then repeat
on the top of your foot following the same line. This will help in
releasing tension in the inner and outer longitudinal arches.
Starting at your heel, use
your thumb to press along the inside edge of your foot all the way up to
your big toe. Press firmly and follow the line up over your instep. Then
repeat on the outside edge of your foot, from your heel to your little
Finally, massage the lower
half of your sole, using firm pressure. Rotate your ankle, both clockwise
and anticlockwise, as in
step 2. Repeat
step 1, using long, firm strokes
from ankle to toes. Put on a cotton sock and repeat the massage on the
Tip: Use a firm touch
Dated 27 April 2013