Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and it's a good excuse to create a romantic night at home, treating your partner to a little pampering.
While many couples may decide to give one another a massage, it is often limited to the back and shoulders. More often than not the feet are neglected despite being one of the main areas to be in pain. When the feet are given a little bit of attention it can have reverberating effects into your posture and gait, in some cases, helping to alleviate chronic pain in other parts of the body.
Maybe your partner has a problem with their feet. Or, maybe it is as simple as they have worn restricting shoes recently or spent a long day on the job standing. In any case, a therapeutic foot massage can go a long way to making a person not only feel cared for but also move them in the positive direction of being pain free.
There are definitely some hard and fast rules for the person giving the massage that, in our opinion, ensures the foot massage will be a success. First, make sure your hands and nails are clean. If you have a nail fungus, it is best to abstain from giving the massage. Second, use a nice fragrance free oil or lotion. This not only helps with any friction and makes the massage easier, but can also be of help if your partner has a callous or two. Lastly, light touch is not really useful. It can cause the other person to be ticklish and therefore not enjoy the massage, but also won’t work out any of the issues. (It should be noted, unless requested, a really firm touch should not be used either, as it may cause pain and more harm than good).
This should be an enjoyable experience for the person receiving the massage. Check in with them often to make sure the pressure is good for them. When you are done, take the time to wipe off any excess lotion or oil - this is beneficial to make sure their feet aren’t slippery when getting up, but also to prevent any (albeit, unlikely) occurrence of fungus. (Sorry for the digression away from romance).
From all of us at Evo Advanced Foot Surgery, we hope you have a very happy Valentine’s Day and use these techniques to give a little pampering to the one you love.
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