The importance of stroking is to help stimulate circulation and warm your feet. Hold your foot’s bottom with your hands. Start rubbing your foot’s top, working your way slowly down to your sole. As you get closer to the sole, apply more pressure. Change directions and rub the foot moving slowly toward the top, while reducing pressure as you go up. Repeat the process 3 to 5 times.
This helps loosen your joints and relax your feet. Place your left foot on top of your right thigh. Using your hands, rotate your foot at the ankle 3 to 5 times in each direction. If it hurts, stop your massage.
Your toes are very sensitive to touch just like your fingers. Focus on each of them. Gently pull on each of your toes. Slide your index finger in all the gaps between your toes. Move the index finger back and forth in each gap for several minutes, while rubbing the base of every toe with the index and thumb fingers if necessary. Slide all your fingers gently between each of your toes, while rubbing a small quantity of massage cream or oil between each one.
This foot massage technique helps to release tension in your inner and outer longitudinal arches. Close your hand in a fist and use the tops of the fingers to apply pressure to the arch of your foot. Roll back and forth in order to knead the skin gently.
TUse your thumbs for this technique. Make small circles on the heel of your foot using medium to heavy pressure. Work your way around the entire heel. Apply the same technique to the ball of your foot.