Self Massage: Feet
Following on from my last two posts, today I am going take you through some self-massage techniques for your feet. The average person takes around 7500 steps a day which works out to 216,262,500 steps in a lifetime if you live to be 80. Despite all this work we often forget to look after our poor feet.
What you will need:
- Pilates or yoga mat or chair to sit on (not essential);
- Small massage ball, small rubber ball ($1 from Kmart) or golf ball depending on how much pressure you want; and
- Massage cream or moisturiser.
What to do:
- Sitting on your mat or on chair place your chosen ball under one foot
- Roll your foot in all directions focusing on those that feel the tightest. You can also hold the ball in any tender spots taking three deep breaths as in the last two posts, to help release any particularly tight muscles.
- Try to spend at least two minutes on each foot
- Rub a small amount of cream into your hands and massage the top of each foot. I like to follow between the bones of the feet starting up near the ankle moving down towards the toes.
This is the last of my self-massage series, I hope you will find these techniques useful to help release tension from your body and hopefully improve your flexibility as well. If you are using these methods to help increase your flexibility just remember dramatic results will not happen overnight. I recommend self massage combined with gentle stretching at least three times a week, the more you work on your flexibility the better results you will get. If you are not trying to increase your flexibility doing these techniques at least once a week will have a wonderful effect on your overall health and wellbeing.