How Often Can You Massage Your Feet? (Learn the Facts)

Our feet put up with a lot throughout the day. We stand on them, walk on them, and they support our entire body weight. Caring for your feet when your day comes to an end is an excellent way to relax and unwind. But you might find yourself wondering, am I massaging my feet too much?
Put simply, massaging your feet daily is a great idea. There are many scientific benefits to it, and it doesn’t take a lot of effort on your part.

Benefits to Daily Foot Massage

While this isn’t a comprehensive list of the benefits you can get from daily foot massage, it encompasses some of the most common benefits.

  •  Reduction in depression and anxiety
  •  Improved circulation
  •  Headache and migraine relief
  •  Reduced blood pressure
  •  Alleviates symptoms of PMS and menopause
  •  Reduced swelling caused by edema
  •  Reduced pain from Plantar Fasciitis
  •  Better sleep

Step One

Sitting on a chair with one leg crosses across the other, use one hand to pull your toes back towards you. Keeping your toes pulled back, press into the middle of your foot, using your other hand, to just above your heel.
Applying as much or as little pressure as feels comfortable, rub your foot in either a circular motion or a tic tac toe pattern.

 

Step Two

Press your fingertips into your heel using as much or as little pressure as feels comfortable and pull up towards your toes. Once you reach your toes, use the same process to return to your heel. Try to press using an even and consistent movement. Repeat this process a three or four times to relax the muscles in the center of your foot.

Step Three

Using your thumbs, press into the ball of your foot. Hold this for ten to thirty seconds. After the time has passed, pull your thumbs outwards towards the outsides of your foot. Continue this process from your toes down towards the heel.
If you are experiencing arch pain, take time to massage the center of your foot near the arch.

 

Step Four

Using your fingertips or thumbs, apply pressure into the sole of your foot next to your toes. Next, apply pressure while you rub the arch of your foot. If it is more comfortable, you can use a lacrosse or tennis ball under the arch of your foot. Step your foot down on the ball while using it to roll the ball back and forth.



Step Five

Repeat the above steps on your other foot.

Repeat the above steps three times to achieve the maximum results. Ensure that you are resting your feet for at least thirty seconds between each stretch to avoid injuring the muscles.

Step One

Sitting on a chair with one leg crossed across the other, use your thumb to rub below the toes where they meet your foot. While you are rubbing your foot, take time to massage each of your toes, and gently pull them to stretch the muscles. Spend some extra time massaging your big toe, rubbing it in a circular motion.

Step Two

Massage the upper part of the bottom of your foot by scrunching your toes into your foot. While they are curled, use both of your thumbs to press into the ball of your foot. Release your toes and then curl them slowly in again while pushing lower on your foot. Repeat this process as you move towards the heel of your foot. Take your time doing this.

Step Three

Using both hands, pull your toes towards your shin. Pull back on your toes until you feel a gentle pull on the muscles of your upper foot. Hold this position for about thirty seconds and then slowly release them.

Step Four

Using the knuckle on your index finger, rub a circular motion over your heel. Push hard enough that you can feel it in the muscle. You might need to use more than one finger to push hard enough to get into the muscle.

Step Five

Repeat the above steps on your other foot.

Repeat the above steps three times in order to get maximum relief. Ensure that you are resting for at least thirty seconds between each stretch, to avoid injuring the muscles.

Step One

Sitting on a chair with one leg crossed across the other, take one foot in your hands. Press into your heel’s bottom with your thumbs. Massage your foot using movements across the bottom of your foot and slowly up towards your toes using either long strokes or small circular movements.

Step Two

Grabbing onto the padded part of your toe, squeeze gently for thirty seconds. After thirty seconds, gently pull your toe upwards to stretch the muscle. Massage between your toes gently before continuing on to the next toe.

Step Three

Holding your foot in both hands, press both thumbs into your arch. Rub small circles moving in opposite directions. Pressing as hard as what feels comfortable for you. Next, press into your heels using your fingertips. Spend more time massaging the area near your toes’ base since this area is carrying more weight than the other parts of your foot.

Step Four

Repeat the above steps on your other foot.

Repeat the above steps three times for ultimate relief. Ensure that you are resting for at least thirty seconds between each stretch, to avoid causing any injury to the muscles.

Tips for a Great Foot Massage

  • Before you begin your massage, take time to soak your feet in Epsom salts for fifteen minutes to soften the skin and relax the muscles.
  • Use a lotion or massage oil while massaging your foot to get deeper into the muscles and optimize relaxation.
  • Stop messaging if you feel any pain.

A daily foot massage can go a long way towards helping you relax and feel rejuvenated after a long day. Follow the steps above to reap the benefits of foot massage. Any of the three massages should only take about thirty minutes from start to finish. For maximum relaxation, you can have someone else perform the massage for you.

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