By Laura Gordon
You stand on them, walk on them, run on them, dance on them, sit on them and even trip on them…your feet! For all they do to keep us upright and going, taking care of them is one way of saying thank you to them. Here’s an easy way to Treat Your Feet to their very own home spa!
First the basics
Remove all polish if you have any on your toes. Ladies, here’s a tip for any nails that take on a yellow color after removing the polish: use a cotton ball soaked with hydrogen peroxide. Leave the cotton ball on the nail for a few minutes then wipe off.
Next, trim your toenails. Their length should be no longer than the end of your toe and be straight across to avoid ingrown toenails. Filing straight across the nail instead of back and forth will keep the nails strong.
Now for the spa treatment
First give your feet a foot bath in a basin, bowl or tub large enough, if possible, to accommodate both feet otherwise do one at a time. You can add marbles or river rocks to the water for an additional soothing effect. Water temperature for relaxation purposes can be as hot as is comfortable for your feet. For each gallon of water in the foot bath add 1¼ cups Epsom salts, 1¼ cups salt, ¼ cup baking soda, ¼ cup cornstarch.
Have a bath towel handy, lean back and relax until the water cools and or your skin softens because the next step after drying your feet is using a pumice stone over the foot padding especially the heels to remove dead skin!
At last the foot massage
Follow the map below going from heel to toe.
By “walking” the thumb (bending and straightening the last – or distal – joint of the thumb) up the zones you are connecting with the life energy moving through the body. Be sure to use assured (medium to deep depending on tolerance) pressure.
When or if you come across a tender spot hold that point for up to 30 seconds. Doing that allows the energy block at that point to be released.
This technique can take from 10 minutes to 20.
Do this spa treatment for your feet tonight and tell us if your feet feel different when you step into the next day.