In the wellness traditions of many cultures, a foot massage isn’t just a feel-good piece of pampering at the end of a long day. It is widely believed to boost circulation, lift energy levels and dispel stress. Here’s how to give one – or better still, guide someone to do it for you!
Step 1 > Select your cream of choice and apply
Start by using a softening cream on any skin that is thick and hard, particularly on the ball of your foot and heels. Scholl Hard Skin Softening Cream, which contains salicylic acid to help soften stubborn hard skin, is a good choice. For everyday dry skin, use a cream that can exfoliate and moisturize at the same time, like Scholl Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream.
Step 2 > Stroke the top of the foot
Using your thumbs, start at the tip of the toes and work your way back to the ankle using a steady, sweeping motion. Repeat a few times to stimulate circulation and warm the skin.
Step 3 > Rotate ankles
Cup the heel in one hand, and with the other hand, gently turn the foot slowly at the ankle a few times in either direction. The rotations will loosen the joints and relax the foot.
Step 4 > Tweak toes
One by one, take each toe between your thumb and index finger and gently pull it away from the foot, squeezing lightly as you go.
Step 5 > Rub inside the toes
Again, cup the heel in one hand, and with the other hand, slide your index finger down between the toes, applying pressure along the sides and at the base.
Step 6 > Massage the sole
Apply pressure to the sole of your foot with your thumbs, starting at the heel and using a walking motion to gently cross back and forth across the underside of the foot. When you reach directly beneath the ball of the foot, move your thumbs in semicircles, working back and forth horizontally.
Step 7 > Work the arches
Cup the foot with one hand, and using the heel of your other hand, push hard as you slide along the arch from the ball of the foot toward the heel and back again. This will release tension in the arch.
Step 8 > Final strokes
To complete the massage, lightly stroke both the top and bottom of the finished foot.
Step 9 > Repeat on the other foot!
LIVE WELL RECOMMENDS:
Scholl Hard Skin Softening Cream
Specially designed for larger problem areas such as under the heel and ball of the foot, Scholl Hard Skin Softening Cream uses salicylic acid to reveal soft, supple, smooth skin.
Scholl Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream
Scholl Dry Skin Instant Recovery Cream is formulated to exfoliate dead, dry skin cells, allowing special moisture boosters to penetrate deep into the upper layers of the skin. The result is softer, smoother skin.