Can a foot massage relieve pain in other areas of your body? If done right, the answer is yes! Find out why I love a good foot massage and why you should get one too!
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Just the thought of having someone else touch my feet used to send shivers down my spine. Then I discovered that when done well, a good foot massage can provide some amazing pain relief!!
You don’t have to book an expensive spa day or give up because you don’t know a massage therapist. Tweet
Many years ago my husband, who has no massage experience whatsoever, took it upon himself to learn how to massage feet in order to help reduce my chronic pain.
Through the years his technique has improved and so has the level of relief that I experience from his massages.
Find out why you need to say yes to a foot massage and pick up some tips to help your partner or friend learn how to help reduce your pain!
Pain Relief from a Foot Massage
A good foot massage that includes reflexology can provide pain relief to many areas of your body without you having to get undressed of having a stranger touch anything but your feet.
Areas of the body that you may experience relief from are the spine, sciatica, upper back, and shoulders.
A good foot massage may also improve blood circulation, prevent ankle and foot injuries, lower blood pressure, help with plantar fasciitis, migraines, anxiety, depression, PMS, and menopause.Tweet
I like giving myself a foot massage with Earthley Good Night Lotion before bed.
How to Give a Great Foot Massage
You have to love the day and age that we live in! There is some form of media to help you learn no matter what your learning style is.
Here is a video demonstrating how to relieve back pain with a foot massage.
If your friend or spouse prefers reading or illustrated demonstrations they may want to check out the following options.
If done regularly and if you share input on what helped and what didn’t, your friend or partner’s technique will improve and so will your experience.
I no longer have to guide my husband. After all of the years that he has been my masseuse, he can just look at my body and know what needs massaging.
DIY Foot Massage
Okay, so maybe you don’t want anyone touching your feet but you. If that is the case or there isn’t anyone around, you may want to check out some of these do it yourself options.
Here is a video that teaches you how to do it yourself!!
Reflexology products that may help when massaging your own feet and finding an extra pair of hands aren’t possible!
Whether you choose to massage your own feet or have someone else do it for you, remember to be patient. Not only will it take time to perfect technique, but it will take your body time to get used to being touched.
To be honest with you, I did nothing but squirm and giggle throughout my first few massages. It took a while before I was comfortable having my feet rubbed or touched by anyone else.
Will a foot massage relieve you of all your chronic pain? Of course not, but nothing will. My pain management plan includes many things in addition to massage therapy, like PEMF therapy with Oska Pulse, a natural magnesium and lavender lotion, CBD, cannabis, and more. With that said, it is amazing how our feet are tied to pain throughout the rest of the body. It is not unusual for my spine to pop and be relieved of pressure just from a foot massage.
It takes a lot of products, patience, and work to keep my chronic pain levels low, but is worth every penny spent, the hours spent waiting, and hard work that I put into caring for my body.