Rub away your sore feet with a little self-massage


We all encounter sore feet at one point or another. But if left unchecked you could be storing up health problems for later on. Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 2.36.39 PM The benefits of massaging your feet regularly are numerous, one being it's great for your sex life, as the feet are a great starting point since they can cause mild arousal and offer easy transition to more powerful erogenous zones like the back of the knees and inner thighs. It improves circulation and helps prevent foot and ankle injuries which is important for the frequent runners and exercisers. And regular sessions have been shown to significantly reduce anxiety in cancer patients. The techniques can be learned fairly quickly and can be an effective way of dealing with depression and anxiety. If you don't have the time or money to regularly see a masseuse, there's plenty you can do to soothe your feet yourself. Or even better, get your partner involved! How to massage your feet: A great way to start a foot massage is to soak your feet in a bowl of warm, scented water. Fill a large bowl with warm water and add a couple of drops of your favourite essential oil (lavender and peppermint are excellent). Put your feet in and soak for as long as you like before starting the foot massage. If you are sitting, simply rest the right foot on the opposite thigh. If you prefer to lie down, keep one leg bent up, and rest your other foot on your raised thigh. Place one hand on top of the foot and the other hand on the bottom, gently holding your foot for about one to two minutes or longer. You will begin to feel some warmth and possibly a tingling sensation in your foot. This will allow for the softening and releasing of the muscles and tendons in the foot. To massage rub your hands backwards and forwards along your foot to warm the whole area. If you encounter a knotty trigger point gently apply static pressure with your thumb, going as deep as your pain tolerance allows. Still supporting your right foot, massage your toes with your left hand by squeezing, twisting, and rolling each one in turn with your fingers. Place one thumb on top of the other, using your fingers to support your foot, and make deep, circular thumb pressures over the sole of your foot. Stroke the area. Repeat the whole sequence (steps 1-4) on your left foot. © Cover Media

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