motion. As you slowly rotate the foot, you may find the range of motion increasesslightly. Important to note is that there is bone and cartilage in the ankle joint, so onlymove the ankle as far as it permits, stop if your hear any grinding or crackling. Rotate thefoot 3-5 times in each direction.
Stroking the Foot and Ankle
This stroke seems to relax the whole body. Start with your fingertips right where the toesmeet he foot. Use both hands to press down between the bones of the foot. Slide your upthe foot toward the ankle; when your fingers reach ankle level, wrap your fingers aroundthe ankle and massage the front of the ankle joint with your thumbs.We generally look for muscle tissue to rub when giving a massage. This area is firm with bone, tendons and ligaments. Try to do your best to treat the muscle tissue you find withthorough kneading.
Flexing and rotating the bones of the foot
This stroke feels really nice when the top of the foot is sore from standing or walking.Press the heel of each hand on the outer edges of the foot. You will be curling the top of the foot. When you curl the foot you will be able to massage the muscle between the bones with your thumbs. While curling the foot you will also that pressing your fingertipsinto the underside of the foot, will be greeted with oo's and ahh's.
Pulling of the Toes
This can feel good, but be careful. Don’t try and pull the toes too hard. Gently pulling thetoes out can free up range and give them a sense of mobility and rejuvenation. Try this inconjunction with a foot bath, since warming the toes can make pulling them moreenjoyable and easier. Remember, the point of pulling the toes is not to hear them pop.Simply pulling them will be good enough, but if they pop don’t worry - just don’t forcethem to.
The most muscular part of your foot is the bottom, which has pads to protect the bones.When you are working on yourself, this is easiest with your foot propped on the oppositeknee, with a towel underneath to protect your clothing from cream. If working on a partner, place their foot either on your knee or prop it on a chair with some pillows under it.Using your thumbs, make circular motions that cover the entire surface of the bottom of your foot, moving from the base of your toes toward your heel. Keep the pressure of thecircles steady and even. Use a bit more firmness on your heels; the skin here is tougher.Once you have gone over the entire foot give a few extra strokes to any area where youexperience chronic pain - the ball of your foot, or the arch, or perhaps around your