This video shows how to give a foot massage.
In this series of videos, massage therapist Athena Jezik demonstrates Swedish Massage Therapy techniques on the entire body including the back, chest, abdomen, face, feet, hands, legs, thighs and neck. Athena focuses on the muscle and tissue connections.
OK. And now just a real quick little view of how to do the foot. I like to bolster it up when they are face down because it makes it a little easier for me to work the foot.
I’m not doing foot reflexology. I’ve done a little bit of work with foot reflexology but not enough to where I consider myself a foot reflexologist. That’s why I’m doing just basically a foot massage. And getting into the pad of the feet.
Toes. Each little toe. And you can do a little twisting of the toe. Sometimes people pull the toes. Not everybody likes that, and sometimes the person that’s pulling the toe has a little bit hard of a pinch on it so just be careful when you’re doing stuff like that.
I typically don’t do anything like that, any popping of the joints.
Sometimes they pop on their own, but only because the tissues have been softened to a point where they can and make the corrections themselves. I’m just following the basic foot anatomy, muscles, bones, they run pretty long lengthwise along the bottom of the foot.
And the heel, getting a nice work around the heel bone, the calcaneus bone, and up into the muscles that are attaching the achilles. It comes down and attaches to the heel area.
Then I do a little bit of range on motion on the foot backward, stretching it, widening the toes.
And here we go again for foot number two.
And the padding….
If you work a lot of people’s feet what you’ll notice is you’ll notice a lot of different shapes of feet.
You can tell when children have been wearing shoes that probably weren’t good for their feet because the toes can somewhat be misshapen.
That would be kind of painful. It is good to run barefoot. The foot is designed to go on uneven surfaces, so really, it is good to take the foot out of that shoe, if you can walk on your lawn or get down to a park that has good grass and take your shoes off.
It’s good to do that, just to connect down to the Earth, and let your feet get tough and exercise on an uneven surface. It’s a good way to take care of the feet.
You can just follow that. You can kind of just fold the foot and press in with your fingers into the center toes there and let the foot….It doesnt’ hurt at all because like I say, the foot is very very flexible to be able to move on a lot of uneven surfaces.
So it is important when you do work the foot to give it a lot of range of motion because it really needs it.
We really neglect our feet, way too much, so take those shoes off and run out in the yard.
OK, there we go. That’s a good way to put your clients to sleep.
And then also, another thing you might want to be mindful of is, depending on the surface, when they get up off the table, they’ve been using the oil. Their feet might be a little slippery. I usually just wipe off the feet if they’re going to be getting up, or if they’re going to put shoes on, so that they don’t get any oil into their shoe. It’s just a nice thing to do.
OK, so that’s the feet.
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Athena Jezik is a licensed massage therapist who specializes in Lymphatic Drainage and Cranio-Sacral Therapy.
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