Growing up we did a lot of walking, skating, biking and running. And, at the end of the day, you were sure to hear one of the adults in my family declare “my dogs are barking!” This was a clear indication that their feet were tired, achy, hot and hurting.
Funny way to acknowledge the condition of one of the most used parts of our body, but it did bring attention to how much we are on our feet.
I’m a big fan of reflexology and believe that stimulating the nerves in the feet can have a positive effect on the rest of the body. Besides that wonderful, it just feels good. I mean really good. Man, there’s nothing like a foot massage to get you up and moving again. Except maybe a foot soak before the massage.
Soaking your feet has many benefits on their own such as, reducing swelling and softening dead skin. When you add a few other components to your soak, you’ll wonder why you waited so long to do it.
Soaking Up the Ahh…Not Your Dollars
To get started with a foot soak, you don’t need to go out and spend lots of money on an electric foot spa (unless you want to) and supplies. You can create your own spa experience at home with a few tools and tips.
Make a trip to your local Dollar Store and spend $3.00.
- Buy a small plastic tub big enough to fit your feet
- Buy a bag of marbles
- Buy a box of Epsom salts
Use essential oils to max out the benefits of your foot soak. Here is one of my favorite blends.
- 10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
- 6 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
- 3 drops of Ginger essential oil
Now that you have your tool and tips, let’s get the soak going.
- Find a comfortable area to sit in. Gather all the things you’ll need to keep you occupied for 20 minutes (ex. phone, magazine, book, knitting…nothing).
- Find a level space on the floor to place your tub.
- Place a towel on the floor to absorb any spills, and put the tub on top.
- Pour your marbles into the bottom of the tub.
- Into the tub, pour lukewarm to hot water (about the same temp as your bath), filling halfway.
- Add a cup of Epsom salt and your essential oil blend.
- Put feet into the water and move feet across the marbles. This will stimulate the nerve endings in your feet.
- Relax for 20 minutes.
Once your soak is over, dry off your feet and use a pumice stone to sloth off dry skin on the balls and heels of your feet. Follow-up revitalizing massage oil using the same essential oil blend added to 4 oz of sweet almond oil. Be sure to massage the feet ankles and calves. It’s all connected and will make a big difference in how you feel.