How to do a Self Foot Massage
As far as we can recall, the ‘Guide for the Lonely Guy’ didn’t include a chapter on how to do a self foot massage, but that can be easily corrected. According to the practice known as reflexology, the feet are a microcosm of the entire body. Therefore, the toes and the ball of the foot represent the body’s upper part, the torso corresponds to the central area of the arch, the heel correlates to the areas of the body from the waist down, and so on. The good news is that you don’t have to believe any of that to benefit from a self foot massage.
The very first thing to do is to pressure massage the entirety of the foot, focusing primarily on the bottom, but also on the top and the ankle. As you cover the whole foot, you can start identifying particularly sore and tender areas. You can come back later to these specific spots and work on them. Stimulation of these points supposedly helps organs, glands, and tissues throughout the body; whether that’s true or not, you will certainly enjoy a great deal of relaxation and pain relief, and that’s what we’re after here, isn’t it?
As a general rule, a self foot massage is applied with the thumbs of both hands. However, while the thumbs gain the necessary strength to provide enough pressure for a proper massage, you can also use bunched and extended fingers, knuckles, and the heel of the hand. The pressure should be light at first, and then gradually increased, being careful that it doesn’t actually hurt. You can a picture new tennis ball or a brick, and use only the force that it would take to impress the former or pick up the latter between the thumb and the index finger.
The tennis ball is a recurring example in self foot massage terminology because it is the easiest way to give yourself a foot massage without your hands. All you need to do is put the ball underfoot and roll it back and forth and around. Of course, if you were going to use that technique, you would certainly be better off with a Hygenic Corp Theraband Foot Roller, or a Dr. Archy Foot Massager. Either would achieve the same effect, only better and more professionally, and they are both available at Discount Medical Supplies.