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How to Give Someone a Foot Massage

Learn how to give someone a foot massage from massage therapist Renee French in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Renee French and I'm here at Practical Massage Therapy in Nashville, Tennessee, and I'm going to be talking about massage therapy. So I'm here today to show you how to give a foot massage. One of the ways that I like to work is with someone on a massage table. You can do this on your bed at home, and just have the person laying with their head away from you. And their feet towards the edge of the bed, or the edge of the table. I do prop the ankles up with a bolster, a roll of blankets, or a pillow. And then I just uncover one foot at a time. Whichever foot I've decided to work on first. I usually use a really nice massage cream, oil, or you can even use nice lotion with some essential oils. Peppermint is really great, as well as lavender. So I just get a good amount of massage cream to coat the sole of the foot. And I like the particular angle with the person face down, because it exposes the entire sole of the foot. Sometimes, face up, it's hard to just see what you're doing, so this is a really nice angle. You can get some nice warming opening strokes. And just using your hands along the sole of the foot, just give it some nice pressure. And you can lean into it. And then, using your thumbs, just do small circles over the heel. You can even use the thumbs to do some cross fiber friction along the heel. There's some nice grooves around that you can feel with your fingers. And just making circles around the bones of the ankles on both sides. It's a really nice feeling. And then pulling down the long bones of the feet. Even go around the heel, up around the ankle bone, and down the soles. One of the things that I really like to do when I'm working on the feet is to take the fingertips on the underneath side of the foot, and the thumb, and kind of line them up. And separate the bones from each other. You can feel the groove between the bones of the foot. Just separate that.That's a nice tension relief. You can use the fist right in the arch of the foot, rolling it back and forth. This is really nice to relieve any tension in the arch of the foot. And I just keep repeating, if you need add more cream, then do so. And then, using your thumb, you can work up and around the base of the big toe, or the big toe mound. And then just pull down the toes. And then when you're finished, just give a couple of closing strokes, similar to the ones that you began the massage with. And those are my tips for giving a foot massage.

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