So how about this for a great Valentine’s Day? Perusing the “COUPLES” exhibit at the Kehler Lidell Gallery, followed by a formal dinner and retiring to home for a decadent foot massage. Or maybe you want to ditch the first two things and just do the massage. No problem. Either way, here’s how to give (or request) a great foot rub.
Now, just diving in and starting to rub isn’t going to impress a whole lot. Do a bit of prep first. A footbath of warm water is a great, relaxing start. Feel free to add some fragrant oils to promote calmness or some lime to help soften things up.
Once satisfied soaking, pat the feet dry with a towel. Place a pillow on your lap, cover with the pillow, and rest one foot upon it. Support the heel and use your free hand to gently rotate the foot a few times clockwise, then counterclockwise.
Apply some lotion, then take the foot both hands and shift your thumbs back and forth over the soles, pressing deeply. After a bit, move to just beneath the ball of the foot, moving the thumbs in small circles, back and forth, horizontally.
Pay some attention to the toes, lightly squeezing and kneading each one between your thumb and index finger. Then, use only the thumb to make small circles beneath each toe for about 10 seconds.
These are just a few moves to weave together. As in any good relationship, however, giving a foot massage is just as much about listening to what your partner wants as much as what you think would be best for them. Keep that in mind and it should be a great experience.
If you would like advice or help with other foot questions, Dr. Sanjay Patel and the staff of Family Foot Care & Surgery can help. Contact us at (203) 876-7736 for our Milford office or (203) 288-4055 for our Hamden office.