Foot massage benefits include relaxation and pain relief of foot ailments, like plantar fasciitis and tendonitis, which are some of the reasons people seek massage in the first place. In fact, many people want foot massage for a good portion of the hour-long treatment.
Regular foot massage helps to increase circulation in the feet, so spas often have requests to provide different types of therapeutic massage for the feet. Massage, foot spas, foot scrubs, reflexology, and foot soaks are most requested.
Foot Reflexology & Massage DVD demonstrates how to provide detailed foot massage treatments which leave the tired, aching feet of the recipient feeling rejuvenated.
This video shows a clip of that DVD:
The practitioner will start by applying lotion or oil and rubbing the entire foot. He/She will also massage and pull each toe individually.
The therapist might also use a foot scrub to exfoliate the feet, and then remove it with warm, wet towel. It is often followed with more massage.
Sometimes the session includes a soak in warm, bubbly water, with feet dried and then followed by warm foot wraps to really help you relax.
Thumb walking (using thumbs to walk up and down the foot), toe rotation (rotating each toe at the joint in circles), kneading and stretching may be done during the massage.
Peppermint essential oil is often used to add an aromatherapy treatment to the feet. A salt or sugar scrub recipe may also be used to exfoliate the feet, along with warm towels to remove excess scrub.
Typically, this therapy will cost between $30-$50 depending on where you go for the treatment, and how long the massage lasts.